Las Vegas Travel Guide
Las Vegas needs little introduction - known for its nightlife, gambling and all-round good time. Whatever your taste, whether it be dazzling shows or a more down-to-earth vibe, Las Vegas has something to keep you busy.
What you'll find in this guide:
Getting to Las Vegas
Getting around Las Vegas
Where to eat in Las Vegas
Top things to do in Las Vegas
Places to visit from Las Vegas
Top casinos in Las Vegas
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What should you do on your first trip to Vegas?
As they say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, so here are the top things to make sure you do on your first trip to Las Vegas:
- See the Bellagio Fountain show
- Watch the Mirage Volcano show
- Take a gondola ride at the Venetian
- Ride the roller coaster at New York New York
- Tour the Neon Museum
- See a Cirque du Soleil show
- Experience the casinos - even if you don't gamble
What's the best month to go to Las Vegas?
Las Vegas has a high desert climate, meaning the summer months get very hot and dry (the wind feels more like a hairdryer than a cool breeze!). If you can handle the heat it can be a great time to visit as others may avoid it. The shoulder seasons are the best time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds - these fall January to March (largely before Spring Break) and then September to November when US citizens are mostly back to work.
When's the cheapest time to go to Vegas?
The cheapest flights to Las Vegas are usually January to February and September to November. The cheapest flights are around £360 if you do your research on Google Flights - it's best to book early to get the best price.
How far is the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas?
The Grand Canyon is split into different regions - North, South and West rims (more on this later). The West Rim of the Grand Canyon is the closest to Las Vegas and only 2 hours 15 minutes to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.Top
Getting to Las Vegas
Who flies direct to Las Vegas?
The main airlines that fly directly to Las Vegas are Virgin Atlantic and British Airways - they operate daily out of London Heathrow and prices start at around £500.
Las Vegas is served by McCarran International Airport which is right in the heart of the city making it very easy to get to your hotel:
- Take the public shuttle - there's a shuttle that runs to most hotels on the Strip which costs around $6-7. It's a cheap and easy way to get to your hotel, but isn't always the quickest as it makes A LOT of stops along the route. So if your hotel is right at the end, you're going to be there a while.
- Book a private airport transfer - it'll cost you a little more but it's a more direct way of getting to your hotel.
- Taxi or Uber - one of the best ways to get to your hotel is no doubt jumping in a taxi or you can reserve an uber pickup in advance.
Getting around Las Vegas
Can you get around Las Vegas without a car?
Absolutely! Most of your time in Vegas is likely to be spent in and around The Strip. Chances are even if you had a car, you'd park it somewhere for the day and then walk between all the hotels and casinos. There are ample public transport and rideshares available and really the best way to experience Las Vegas is to explore on foot.
When you might want to hire a car is if you plan to explore outside of the city - Las Vegas is surrounded by some of the most awe-inspiring sites in the whole of the United States (more on that later), so we highly recommend hiring a car and hitting the road.
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Restaurants in Las Vegas
It's fair to say there are A LOT of places to eat in Las Vegas, with multiple dining options at each casino and resort. From fine dining to cheap eats - you'll be sure to find somewhere good to eat. Here are a few of our favourites:
Heart Attack Grill
You might have seen the viral video of the man eating a 20,000 calorie burger with 40 slices of bacon, 8.5 patties and 16 slices of cheese in 4 minutes - well that was at the aptly named Heart Attack Grill. Bizarrely the whole resturaunts is hopsital themed, with waiters dressed as nurses and doctors, burgers called after medical procedures and when you arrive you have to wear hospital gown and wristband before ordering.
Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews
If you like your beer and burgers then this is the place for you - with over 50 burgers and beers on the menu. Make sure you're hungry when you go, as these burgers are insanely good - with options like the BBQ Wood Chipper Burger which coleslaw, pulled pork, fresh-cut chips, sliced onions, smoked Gouda, and BBQ sauce. There's even a glazed donut burger for breakfast!
It's not all about the steak and burgers in Las Vegas though - if you're looking for a plant-based menu then make sure to check out VegeNation. Their menu is made up of 100% plant-based ingredients and they look to use only the freshest in-season veg. The whole resturaunt is community based, and eating here supports many people and organisations in the local community. This is what makes it our Green On The Go choice for dining in Vegas.
Señor Frog's Las Vegas
If you're looking for some entertainment as you dine then Señor Frog's has it in spades. Friday to Sunday it hosts the Drag Brunch where you can see Queens from RuPaul's Drag Race including Shannel, Kahanna Montrese, and Yara Sofia - and also benefit from the bottomless drinks.Top
Top things to do in Las Vegas
Hit the casinos
Whether or not gambling is for you, you can't visit Las Vegas without hitting the casino - in fact you can walk from one casino to another without ever setting foot outside!
There are slot machines as far as the eye can see, and of course the usual poker, blackjack and craps tables. Good luck.
See a show
Everything in Las Vegas is a larger than life spectacle and no time in the city is complete without seeing a show. Whether it's the free shows you can catch nightly on the strip (outside Treasure Island for instance) or buying tickets to one of the current artists in residence.
Walk the Las Vegas Strip
Make sure you leave plenty of time to explore the ins and outs of the Las Vegas strip - it can seem totally different between night and day. It would be impossible to really experience it all in one day - you can walk from the canals of Venice to the rollercoasters of New York.
Where can you visit from Las Vegas?
If you tire of the bright lights of the city it's worth getting out of town and exploring some of the wonders of nature on Las Vegas' doorstep. Hire a car and hit the road, take a scenic helicopter flight or go on an arranged day trip - however you do it just make sure you leave some time for exploring.
The Grand Canyon
As one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World the Grand Canyon needs little introduction. If it's on your bucket list then Las Vegas is one of the best places to visit it from as it's a short hop across the state line from Nevada to Arizona. When planning a visit to the canyon you'll come across 4 areas that you can visit - North Rim, South Rim, West Rim and East Rim.
If you're looking to day trip from Las Vegas the closest part of the Grand Canyon is the West Rim - this is the part of the canyon that is not on National Park land but rather is part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation. Here you'll find the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk - the only place you can walk out over the edge of the canyon. The bridge extends 70ft out over the edge of the canyon and is over 4000ft above the canyon floor - so if you've got vertigo this might be one to miss!
The South Rim is the most developed part of the Grand Canyon National Park - here you'll find the busiest campgrounds and lodges. It's perhaps a little far for a day trip from Las Vegas (though there are tours available), but as part of a road trip from the city it's a must visit.
The North Rim is the least visited part of the park and is usually stopped at on the way through from Bryce and Zion. If you want to escape the crowds this is a much more relaxed way to see the canyon.
The East Rim is not really the Grand Canyon proper but rather the area near Page Arizona where you find Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon.
Of course, one of the best ways to see the sheer scale of the Grand Canyon is to take a helicopter over it. You can book a helicopter tour that leaves from Las Vegas and it's absolutely a once in a lifetime experience.
The Hoover Dam is a large concrete dam on the Black Canyon of the Colorado River which sits on the border between Nevada and Arizona. There are three ways to see the dam - a helicopter flight over from Las Vegas (often included on a Grand Canyon helicopter flight), driving across the top or taking a raft from the bottom. They all offer a unique view of this massive man-made structure but our favourite is definitely picking up a white water rafting tour that leaves from the base of the dam, as this gives you a much better experience of the sheer scale of the Colorado river.
Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend
Around a 4-hour drive from Las Vegas is Page Arizona, and it's here where you'll find two of the most photographed sites in the US. Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon found just outside the city - it used to be that you could turn up on the day and visit, however it has become so popular in recent years that you really must book your tour in advance. The canyon is split into two sections – Upper and Lower – and most tours will only take you to the Upper Antelope Canyon where most of the iconic photos can be taken.
A short drive from Antelope Canyon is Horseshoe Bend - probably the most photographed meander on the Colorado River. It gets incredibly busy here and you may have to queue for parking. From the car park it's a short sandy uphill walk to the view point and it can get very hot in summer, so bring water with you and take it easy on the walk up. The view over Horseshoe Bend is well worth the walk.
Again you can get day trips here that leave from Las Vegas, but we recommend hiring a car and hitting these sights on a road trip as it gives you much more time and freedom to explore.
Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks
Bryce Canyon and Zion are two of the most visited US National Parks and it's not hard to see why. If you really want to explore these parks then we recommend you do it as a road trip and spend a few days at each, but there are day trips that leave from Las Vegas and that will give you a whistlestop tour of both.
From a sustainability point of view, there are a few problems with Zion, largely it has become massively over-touristed. The nature of the park means there's just one road which is a single lane and at times very narrow - this means traffic can be a nightmare. You're encouraged to park in the main visitor centre and get a shuttle bus to the trails, but even that car park can be completely full meaning you'll spend a while circling and idling for spaces.
Top casinos in Las Vegas
The Bellagio is probably the most famous casino in Las Vegas - here you'll find the famous fountain show "O" by Cirque du Soleil®, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, a number of fine dining restaurants, 40 poker tables and hundreds of slot machines.
With 6,852 rooms the MGM Grand is the largest single hotel in the United States and at the time of it's opening it was the largest hotel complex in the world. There are 5 outdoors pools, rivers, waterfalls, a convention centre, the Grand Spa, many resturaunts and shops plus at 171,500 sq ft it's one of the biggest casinos in the city.
New York New York
New York New York is one of the most impressive casinos in Las Vegas as it boasts its very own New York skyline, complete with a roller coaster that runs through it. Inside there are around 900 slot machines and 4,000 square feet of space with nearly 50 table games.