A Traveling Insider’s Guide to Las Vegas
We’ll help you place a bet on a Las Vegas vacation using this expert’s guide to Sin City. By Paul Oswell | May 11, 2021
- Food is an attraction: Whether you’re a culinary afficionado or just fueling your adventures, you can’t leave the Strip without trying something new. Plan ahead to snag a table at a popular spot, particularly for special occasions.
- Las Vegas is the place to indulge: Whether you’re traveling with your family, friends or solo, treat yourself to delightful, over-the-top decadence.
- Take in a spectacular live show: The entertainment in Las Vegas is unparalleled. Be prepared for jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring productions that are available year-round. We also recommend checking third-party ticket resale apps for fellow travelers who are looking to offload tickets.
Dazzle and Delight
Why Should You Visit Las Vegas?
People come here for the star-studded shows, luxurious spa treatments, Michelin-starred menus and all-you-can-eat buffets. You can lose yourself in the sensory delights. You can also do things here you wouldn’t do in your ordinary life: go on shopping sprees, drink cocktails for breakfast (sip endless mimosas at the Tea Room at The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas) or eat breakfast at midnight.
“I always recommend people take multiple trips to Vegas. Vegas is too big to do in one trip and there are so many experiences to have.” –John Pham, Hilton Team Member, Global Marketing
When is the Best Time for Your Trip to Las Vegas?
Anytime–if you bring layers. This region of Nevada has a subtropical desert climate, meaning very hot and dry summers. Temperatures can drop at night and during the winter months, but the majority of your time will be in the chilled comfort of an air-conditioned resort. Light clothing layers are always a good bet. Vegas is at its busiest when large conventions are in town. These happen year-round, so check with the city’s tourism office.
Getting To and Around Las Vegas
McCarran International Airport is described as ‘a casino with a sideline in air travel,’ with the banks of slot machines making it unlike any other airport. The good news is that it’s close to the Strip, which is a quick 15-minute drive to be in the middle of it all. It’s just as easy to choose a base near the airport as it is to find a Las Vegas hotel on the main drag.
“Take at least one day to explore beyond the traditional Vegas. From Old Vegas to hiking or even a day trip to see Hoover Dam, there are lots of options to add some variety to the visit.” –Jenn Sully, Hilton Team Member, Global Brand Marketing
Things to Do in Las Vegas
As well as just experiencing the glitz and glamour of the casinos, first-time visitors to Las Vegas often have a checklist of sights to see: The Bellagio Fountains, the Eiffel Tower, the canals and gondolas at The Venetian and the High Roller Observation Wheel are among the usual attractions, as well as SkyJump and SlotZilla.
Las Vegas Culture and Customs
Las Vegas is the ultimate 24-hour city. Whatever the time of day, there are people around and the casinos, bars and some restaurants are always open.