Las Vegas is one of my favourite places in the USA and I say this as someone who doesn’t drink or doesn’t gamble! With incredible accommodation, a fun personality, surprises around every corner and a whole host of things to do, it offers so much for those who visit. I’ve been three times already and my fourth trip is in planning so I think its safe to say I know a thing or three about Sin City! This is, The Ultimate Guide to Las Vegas!
Things to do in Las Vegas
Where do I start! Las Vegas has SO much to see and do and even though I’ve been loads of times, there is still loads of attractions, still on my bucket list. Below are some of the top attractions in Las Vegas and its surrounding areas.
- Grand Canyon (via bus, helicopter, car hire)
- High Roller
- Freemont Street Experience
- Stratosphere Las Vegas
- Red Rock Canyon
- Gondola Ride at The Venetian Hotel
- Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
- Bellagio Fountains
- Neon Museum
- Madame Tussaud’s
- Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (from the hit TV Show Pawn Stars)
- Strip Helicopter Tour
- Hoover Dam
- Titanic Exhibition
- Las Vegas Park
- New York New York Roller coaster
- Take in a show (Vegas has many from Britney Spears to Cirque Du Soleil performances)
- Take a selfie at the Las Vegas sign!
Where to stay in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is home to some of the best hotels in the USA and believe me when I say, they are HUGE! The other great thing about Vegas hotels is that they are really affordable and its so easy to stay in a luxury 5* hotel for a minimum cost. Some of my favourite hotels in Las Vegas include the below.
- 3* Excalibur Hotel and Casino
- 4* MGM Grand
- 4* Planet Hollywood
- 5* Caesars Palace
- 5* Aria Hotel and Casino
- 5* The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Each of these hotels offer dozens of room types, dining options, spa treatments, shopping and so much more and each of these hotels are centrally located along the Las Vegas Strip.
Where to eat in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is packed with incredible restaurants to suit every budget and taste bud. While there, be sure to check out the following places to eat!
- Chayo Mexican
- Smith and Wollensky’s
- The Cosmopolitan Buffet
- Shake Shack
- The Cheesecake Factory
- Hard Rock Cafe
When is the cheapest time to visit Las Vegas
Prices for Las Vegas really vary throughout the year and for the best deals, its best to avoid the peak summer months like July and August. Its also incredibly hot during the summer so its best to travel out of season. I personally love November but travelling around this time would mean that most pool areas are closed. Christmas is also an expensive time to visit. Outside of these key dates though, you can enjoy a trip to Las Vegas for as low as €569pp for your flight and hotel! Bargain!
Top Tips for visiting Las Vegas
- Firstly, if you’re flying from Ireland its best to fly via the UK to Las Vegas. Vegas is eight hours behind us and the flight times from the UK work out well and you will generally arrive in the afternoon time locally at around 2-3pm. The downside of this will be you’ll have to clear immigration and customs on arrival into the USA but I think its worth it to have more time in destination. If you fly via a USA hub like JFK, you normally arrive later in the day around 8pm.
- Las Vegas can be expensive and although its quite inexpensive to get there, I recommend you bring a good bit of spending money.
- Vegas is huge and good comfy walking shoes for the day time are a must. Something may look close due to size but it can take a good 15-20 minutes to walk just a short bit along the strip. Comfy shoes are a must!
- Most hotels in Las Vegas charge a daily resort fee which is payable locally. This fee covers things like use of hotel facilities, WiFi etc and it is compulsory. Nine times out of ten, this needs to be paid at check in so make sure you keep some extra cash by.
- Jet lag can be a killer in Vegas so be sure to take it easy and try to adapt to routine as much as possible. Those naps at 3pm might do you good there and then, but you would be unable to adjust to local time if you get into this habit. Believe me, I’ve learnt the hard way!
- Clubs in Las Vegas cost a lot to get into and so I recommend you pre-book a VIP nightclub tour for the best value. We did this on a recent trip and it was great.
- The Strip is located no more than 10 minutes from the airport and so its best for you to take a regular taxi on arrival and departure.
- 99% of hotels are located on the Strip in Vegas and so I recommend you stay on it. Its not expensive to book a nice hotel in Vegas so do your hotel research and make sure you are located along the Las Vegas strip.
- If you’re planning to take in a show, keep an eye out for the half price ticket booths located along the Strip. There’s one by the MGM Grand hotel!
- I’m going to finish by saying that no trip to Las Vegas is complete without visiting the Grand Canyon. Its the most spectacular place I’ve ever been and although its expensive to get to, its worth every cent! DO IT!
So there you have it! The Ultimate Guide to Las Vegas! Have I tickled your fancy to visit this incredibly fun city!? Tell me in the comments below!
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