Naturally when we think of Las Vegas we think of the flashing lights, the thrill of the roulette wheel and one or two gangster movies, however pop just outside of the city and you will find these top 3 attractions just waiting to make your holiday a memorable one!
The Grand Canyon
The mighty Grand Canyon is over 270 miles long, 18 miles wide, over a mile deep and is considered one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”. For over 17 million years the Colorado River has been eroding the canyon exposing nearly 2 billion years of the earth’s dramatic geological past. One of the most popular ways to view this remarkable Natural Wonder of the world is on one of the many Bus Tours which allow the traveler to see different aspects of the Grand Canyon. Tours are available to view the South Rim and West Rim of the Grand Canyon; and are designed to give you the maximum amount of comfort and safety using quality touring coaches. These are fun filled one day excursions taking in the Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding area, the photographic opportunities are endless and understandably breathtaking.
Many tour operators incorporate a visit to the impressive Hoover Dam at the same time as visiting the Grand Canyon. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 to improve flood control, water irrigation schemes and hydroelectric power. It is a huge structure, over 700 feet tall from the foundations to the crest of the dam, it took a total of 3,250,000 cubic yards of concrete and the loss of over one hundred workers before this man-made structure overcame the mighty Colorado River. Nearly one million visitors tour the dam and its infrastructure every year to marvel at this awesome piece of engineering which provides electricity for the states of Arizona, Nevada and California. On the tour you get to see how the huge generators work as you walk through the massive power plant and learn about how the huge machinery operates.
Red Rock Canyon
Located close to Las Vegas some 20 minutes away is Red Rock Canyon, undeniably one of Mojave Desert’s most Picturesque and photographed areas. It was home to Native Americans around 3500 B.C. long before the settlers arrived, evidence of their culture can still be found all around on the canyon walls. The canyon is part of the Keystone Fault which thrust the spectacular colourful rock formations up some 65 million years ago. Many of the operators give guided tours and explanations of the local Native American culture and the rock formations with stopovers at Fossil Hill, home to a range of fossils many of them over 200 million years old. The desert is also home to the legendary Joshua Trees, yucca, a variety of gorgeous wildflowers, wild mustang horses and big horn sheep, so there’s plenty to see and enjoy.
Las Vegas is a remarkable place from the glitz and glamour of the neon lights of the strip with its fantastic range of hotels, amenities and casinos to the natural raw beauty that surrounds it. With a little careful planning and budgeting it should be possible to enjoy both sides of this wonderful location. Had enough of checking in to a small hotel room? Fancy renting a home away from home? These guys have the answer....
There are all but 350 hotels to search through in Vegas but the 3 below are much loved & extremely popular with guests. If you see one with a discounted price, take advantage & enhance your stay!
The ever evolving Luxor Hotel opened in 1993 as a giant shaped pyramid resort replicating an ancient Egyptian City, it’s impossible to miss at night shining the world’s strongest light beam into the sky. In more recent times renovations have been carried out to give the complex a more modern feel but not too modern you will still see the stunning replicas of the giant sphinx, Cleopatra’s Needle and the remarkable Great Temple of Ramesses II. With over 4,000 stylish and affordable accommodations located among the pyramid and two 22 story towers the hotel is well suited for leisure and family travelers looking for a low cost holiday. Top class entertainment includes a combination of Cirque du Soleil and the “Mindfreak” magician to create a spellbinding show of extravagant illusions, world class comedy acts and stylish dance routines. There is a superb selection of dining options available including traditional Mexican cuisine, gourmet steak and seafood, buffet options, Pizzeria and so much more. There is also a 120,000 square feet Casino including a poker room, Craps, baccarat, megabucks, video poker, blackjack and a huge selection of slot machines. The Luxor also has an intimate spa area offering an impressive selection of treatments and massages as well as four large pools, 12 private cabanas and a whirlpool.
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The ultimate hotel experience on the Las Vegas Strip, The Bellagio offers 20 gourmet restaurants and bars, over 3,000 sumptuous bedrooms and over 500 luxurious suites, top quality shopping at “Via Bellagio” and first class cultural entertainment in the gallery of Fine Art. The world renowned Fountains of Bellagio will mesmerize you as they dance away to a variety of different programs. One of the highlights of the hotel which draws in over 5 million visitors a year is the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens with incredible flora displays. Entertainment includes the 116,000 square feet Casino with a 40 table poker room, Blackjack, Craps, Slots, Keno, and 24 hour tableside dining, World class performance of “Cirque du Soleil’s” water acrobatics which can be found in the theatre; a spectacular nightlife venue called the “Hyde Bellagio” overlooking the Fountains, a huge crystal dance floor and so much more. There is a two story Zen inspired Spa area with a villa styled pool which offers total relaxation. You could spend your entire holiday in the Bellagio and still find things to do! Its a wonderful hotel experience, a resort in itself.
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Opened in 1999 the Venetian Hotel and resort is located in the centre of the strip and is modeled on the beautiful city of Venice. It is an incredible reproduction with faithful copies of St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s palace, Campanile Tower the Rialto Bridge and cobblestone pathways and piazzas. There are over 4,000 luxury suites and over 20 different restaurants within the complex serving a fantastic choice of varied menus to suit all tastes and budgets as well as the 120,000 square feet Casino with all the favourites including craps ,baccarat, roulette, keno, Caribbean Stud Poker, video poker machines, stylish poker room and 2,500 slot machines. Entertainment is on an epic scale with Smokey Robinson presenting “The Motown Show”, The custom built “Sands Theatre” featuring the smash hit “Rock of Ages” as well as a variety of top acts and comedians throughout the year. For a touch of evening elegance try the V Bar for a sophisticated drink in relaxing surroundings or for something a little more upbeat head to TAO Nightclub with its beautiful go-go dancers and some of the world’s best known DJ’s. Attractions within the complex include canals teeming with genuine gondolas and serenading gondoliers, “The Grand Canal Shoppes” with top of the range fashion shops and the world famous “Madame Tussauds Las Vegas”. For a touch of world class relaxation The Venetian has a huge pool deck with no less than seven outdoor swimming pools, 42 cabanas and four hot tubs, the “Canyon Ranch Spa Club” is a wonderful tranquil oasis where you can be totally pampered with a huge range of treatments and massages.
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There are many more top quality hotels in Vegas but those highlighted show a small selection of what is on offer but depending on what budget you have and what you want from a hotel will determine your final choice and that choice is endless. There are also plenty of world class attractions outside of Las Vegas with a huge selection of tour operators only too willing to show you. Take a look at our overview of Vegas for more information on the much loved gambling city. Had enough of checking in to a small hotel room? Fancy renting a home away from home? These guys have the answer....
The number one gambling capital of the world!
Las Vegas was only established as a city in 1911 but developed quickly into the most populous city in the State of Nevada with over half a million residents when state legislators allowed legalized gambling back in 1936, the entire population of the Las Vegas is now fast approaching 2 million!
Today Las Vegas is known worldwide as one of the finest and largest resort cites for gambling, fine dining, shopping and entertainment. It is home to 1700 casinos drawing gamblers from across the globe to the 4 mile stretch of neon lights otherwise known as the Las Vegas Strip. Vegas is a lot more than just the Casino capital of the world it is one of the front runners in entertainment with fabulous glitzy shows such as Cirque du Soleil and some of the world’s most glamorous stars like Elton John and Celine Dion perform in luxurious themed hotels along the Strip. The nightlife and culinary delights combine to make an unforgettable experience with world beating gastronomic menus to more simple unbeatable value all-you-can-eat buffets.
Las Vegas is not only a great place for gamblers its fast becoming a fabulous destination for families, with most of the quality hotels offering first class babysitting services and a diverse range of activities to keep the children entertained. In stark contrast to the glitz of the strip the natural beauty surrounding Las Vegas is amazing with day trips readily available to enjoy the awesome scenery of Red Rock Canyon and the Grand Canyon a must see venue. There's some fabulous opportunities to spend a day away from the Strip and get up close and personal with nature at its finest with organized hiking, biking or riding tours on offer.
What's the best time to head to Vegas?
With so much going on and so much to see and do is there a best time to visit Las Vegas? It really depends on a number of factors, if you are planning to do outdoor activities such as hiking or some of the fabulous sightseeing tours then Spring time and Autumn would be the best times to visit with temperatures in the high 20s and the wild flowers are in full bloom. From the end of May to mid-September the heat builds up with temperatures in the high 30s and at its peak temperatures can reach 46 C, this sort of heat can become intolerable for some prone to heat stress making outdoor activities unpleasant. The saving grace at this time of year is Vegas’s air conditioning which is everywhere and legendary in casinos, monorails and taxis. During the winter period between December to Mid-February the weather can be quite cool with periods of rain and sweaters and coats are advisable but you can benefit from low cost discount rates between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
Prices are relatively stable all year round but do fluctuate considerably depending what time of the week you visit, expect to pay double on weekends compared to mid-week when you will find the lowest prices. It is possible to get good deals if you book weeks in advance of your stay if it includes weekends, remember the price closely reflects demand and as availability drops the rates increase dramatically. The best times to avoid are on US public holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labour Day during the first week of September, at these times rates are at their highest, restaurant reservations are a must and entry prices into bars and clubs soar. So with a little planning it’s possible to get some deals and visit at a time that suits your intended activities.
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