Its thumping nightlife scene that slips into day, unparalleled dining options, and shopping that never stops are the only constants in a city that is constantly reinventing.
Forget, for a moment, about all the money you could win (or lose) at the casinos when you visit Las Vegas, or the serious coin that can be dropped in the high-end shops, celebrity chef eateries, and penthouse suites along the Strip. The primary industry of Las Vegas is sensory overload. When you travel to Las Vegas, the lights, the sounds, and the exotic parade of people, all coming to soak up the vibes of legendary Sin City, are a feast all their own. But this desert oasis, which blossomed with the construction of the nearby Hoover Dam, also has plenty of history and off-the-beaten path experiences to discover, especially if you wander off the Strip and into the Fremont Street Experience in the old downtown.
Whether you are coming for the casinos, the shows, the food, or the omnipresent thrills, we’ve got you covered for your Las Vegas trip. Some would say that the best time to visit Las Vegas is whenever you have the most money to lose. Short of that, weather is not usually an issue —after all, many people spend most of their time inside windowless casinos. Winter is a great time for mild weather (though the nights get chilly) and the fewest crowds. Summer gets hot, with highs of over 100 degrees during the day, but it's a dry heat. And if you want to take part in the see-and-be-seen hotel pool scenes, you'll want to come during summer (some of the big pools close at least partially from late fall until spring).
Best Time To Visit
Year-round. Many locals take flight during the searing-hot summers, but ample misters by the pools (and low, low hotel prices) make summer a fabulous time to visit. It can get chilly in winter, but flower-filled conservatories make Vegas seasonless.
Las Vegas Transportation
Renting a car is generally inexpensive, though for a higher price tag, you can rent Bentleys, Ferraris, and other luxury cars. Valet parking is free in the casinos (tip from $3). Rates for the Las Vegas Monorail, which runs from the MGM Grand to SLS Las Vegas and stops in seven places, start at $12 for a day pass.
Las Vegas Weather
July is the hottest month, with an average high of 106°F (41°C). December is the coldest month, with an average high of 58°F (14°C).
Know Before Visiting
Hotel prices rise and fall dramatically in relation to the massive conventions held in town, and many hotel companies show their rates on calendars several months out. Search the Las Vegas Convention Calendar to navigate around the biggest shows.