I first fell in love with Las Vegas when I went on my honeymoon in 1993. Since then I have returned more times that I can count on my fingers and toes. When I speak to people about Las Vegas who have never been before, they usually say “I don’t like gambling.” My response…”you don’t know what you’re missing.”
Las Vegas is about much, much more than gambling. Each hotel with its own atmosphere, and gastronomic offerings from around the world is almost too much to take in. Then there are the breathtaking shows, that will leave you speechless. I walk the steamy strip moving from hotel to hotel just to see the captivating artwork in the lobbies.
Las Vegas was a sleepy frontier town until 1931, when gambling was legalized. The rest, as they say, is history. See the old Vegas on Fremont Street, where the world’s largest mechanical sign, Vegas Vic, recalls the city of the 1940s and ’50s. Afterward, embrace the flashy and new at neon-lit casinos all along The Strip. If you look hard enough, you can find some family friendly venues here and there. If you need a dose of natural outdoor recreation, consider Lake Mead, just a 30-minute drive but a world away.
When To Go….
Most of a Las Vegas vacation is usually spent indoors, so you can have a good time here year-round. The most pleasant seasons in this area are spring and fall, especially if you want to experience the great outdoors.
Weekdays are slightly less crowded than weekends. Holidays are always a mob scene and come accompanied by high hotel prices. Hotel prices also skyrocket when big conventions and special events are taking place. The slowest times of year are June and July, the week before Christmas, and the week after New Year’s.
If a major convention is to be held during your trip, you might want to change your date. Contact the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (tel. 877/847-4858 or 702/892-7575; http://www.visitlasvegas.com), as convention schedules often change.
The Las Vegas Strip is very congested, but easy to navigate if you decide to rent a car. All of the hotels offer free valet service and parking. However I recommend using a taxi to avoid delays in retrieving your car. It also helps decrease the distance you will need to walk.
Tell me what you love about Las Vegas?
In my next Destination Spotlight: Las Vegas, I’ll be sharing Where to Stay and What To Do while visiting Las Vegas, Nevada.
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