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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