Located in the American Southwest's Mojave Desert, Las Vegas has served as an oasis for fun-seekers since the 1940s. Founded in 1905, the city's evolution toward what it is today began in the 1930s, when the state of Nevada legalized gambling. By the end of World War II, Las Vegas boasted the first of its swanky hotels and casinos, which have only grown increasingly elaborate over the decades.
'The Strip', a 7km stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard, is where you'll find the hotels and casinos for which the city is so famous. Here you'll also be able to make the most of excellent restaurants, nightly entertainment, crystal-clear pools, and spas. With such diverse offerings, city breaks in Las Vegas can be as relaxing or as non-stop as you choose to make them.
Las Vegas is located in the Pacific Time Zone, and there is an eight-hour time difference between Las Vegas and the UK.
Citizens of the UK must obtain authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or most typical, the Visa Waiver Program. You can view more information at gov.uk—it's quite simple to get the details in order before your weekend in Las Vegas!
As is the case throughout the United States, English is the main language spoken here, and the currency is the dollar. Credit cards with chips are increasingly accepted throughout America, but it’s best to exchange some pounds for dollars to have on hand!
When Is the Best Time to Visit Las Vegas?
The weather in Las Vegas is generally dry and arid. During the summer, daytime temperatures soar, averaging 38°C to 43°C in July and August. During December and January, daytime temperatures range from 11°C to 16°C. Bear in mind that the time of year you choose to visit might affect the price of flights and hotels in Las Vegas.
Many large events are held or celebrated in Las Vegas throughout the year, such as:
New Year’s Eve: Las Vegas is a popular destination for people from all over the world to ring in the new year.
St. Patrick’s Day: The city hosts a parade and the New York, New York Hotel & Casino has a three-day party at its pub.
Extreme Thing Festival (late March): an event which features all things “extreme,” from music to sports to tattoos and piercings.
Vans Warped Tour (mid-/late June): a music festival that draws big-name entertainment and even bigger crowds of fans.
World Series of Poker (June through July): a two-week, high-stakes poker competition.
Christmas: The holidays come to life in Las Vegas. Just be sure to do your research early, as flights and hotels for Las Vegas can fill up quickly this time of year!
What Should I Do in Las Vegas?
Visitors to the city are spoilt for choice, and package holidays in Las Vegas will help you get the most out of your time!
Partake in a bit of retail therapy at the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace.
Ride a gondola inside the Venetian.
Take in the view atop the High Roller Observation Wheel.
Take the plunge at Vegas Indoor Skydiving.
Hit the dance floor at one of the hotels’ many lively nightclubs.
Take in a show. Top musicians and comedians, acrobats, magicians, and even a few cheeky “grown-ups-only” performers are all on the program!
Notable Spots to Visit in Las Vegas
You'll find many unique sites within and just outside the city, well beyond the casino floors.
The Rio Wine Cellar and Tasting Room: a $10 million wine collection.
The Neon Museum: the final resting place of the hotel and casino signs of yesteryear.
Bootleg Canyon Flightlinez: zip lining experience in nearby Boulder City.
Hoover Dam: a marvel of engineering located a short drive from Las Vegas (tours are available).
Fremont Street: a neon-lit pedestrian-only area featuring shops, restaurants, casinos, and street performers.
The fountain at the Bellagio: a water show that can be enjoyed day or night.
The volcano at the Mirage: a faux volcano that lights up the night and wows audiences.
Feeling especially adventurous? Consider a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, one of the most breathtaking sites in the United States and an excellent way to spend part of a weekend in Las Vegas!
Where to Dine Out in Las Vegas?
Las Vegas is home to some of the country’s best restaurants, with options for every budget and palate. Take a culinary trip around the world without ever leaving the Strip:
Italian: Portofino (the Mirage), Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse (The D Casino Hotel), Mercato Della Pescheria (The Venetian).
Asian: Momofuku Las Vegas (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas), Noodle Asia (The Venetian), Blossom (ARIA Resort and Casino)
French: Rivea (Delano Las Vegas), Twist by Pierre Gagnaire (Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas), BARDOT Brasserie (ARIA Resort and Casino)
Middle Eastern: The Halal Guys (Caesars Palace), Casanova (The Venetian), Cleo (SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino)
American: Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (The Venetian), HEXX kitchen + bar (Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino), Hash House a Go Go (The LINQ Hotel & Casino)
What to Bring Home From Las Vegas?
One of the city's taglines might be 'What Happens Here, Stays Here', but that hardly means you can’t bring a piece of it home with you. Shot glasses, poker chips, playing cards, and dice are on-theme gifts, of course, while turquoise jewelry is something pretty and native to the American Southwest. Of course, the memories you make are sure to be the best souvenirs from city breaks in Las Vegas!