Viva Las Vegas, the self-styled flamboyant entertainment capital of the world! Leave all your inhibitions at home and come be amazed – everything in Sin City is bigger, better, glitzier and more dazzling than any other US city.
Where else in the world can you see the Egyptian pyramids, Eiffel tower and the canals of Venice in one go; win big then gamble it all away in one rolll; get hitched by Elvis then ride a roller coaster on top of your hotel in one day? This is a city where the sublime meets the ridiculous and well… just about anything goes!
Known years ago for it’s all-you-can-eat buffets and bargain prawn cocktails, Las Vegas has transformed itself into a top culinary destination with a collection of celebrity chefs, world-class restaurants and more master sommeliers than any other city in the world.
The serious breadth of the restaurant scene means you’re literally spoilt for choice: whether you fancy a quiet and romantic tête-à-tête, a sleek and sophisticated meal with friends at one of the Michelin starred restaurants or just a good 'ole juicy burger on the strip, the variety of options is endless. And after dinner, get your dancing shoes on and hit the many nightspots with personalities as varied as their clientele.
From elaborately themed clubs to the new wave of upscale “ultra lounges” sweeping the Strip, attendees have a wide array of amazing sound systems and world class DJ’s to choose from, with past stars including Calvin Harris and Aviici. But bear in mind, it’s not all about the fast living, high rolling and hard partying. There’s plenty of relaxing to be done at the Strip’s first-rate spas and at over fifty of some of the finest golf courses in the country.
Don't forget when those bargain fingers start twitching that Las Vegas is a one-stop shopping Mecca for designer spurges or outlet gems. Legendary for a city break or for a longer Vegas holiday, you have to see it to believe it in Sin City. And remember, what goes on in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
Things to do
Top tips for visiting Las Vegas
• Yes, Las Vegas is in the desert and yes, the temperature can top the mid-forties in the summer. You'll be tempted to wear as little as possible in the scorching heat outdoors, especially when you're walking down the Strip or Fremont Street, but be warned that when you enter a casino, you'll likely freeze. So it's a good idea to have a light sweater or jacket with you to put on when you go inside. In winter it can get quite cold, especially if the wind is blowing.
2. Open all hours
• Here you can eat when you want and pick up convenience items at 3am. If you're looking to wind down after a show, an especially wonderful spot to hang out and grab a cocktail or dessert is the Peppermill. The lounge and coffee shop are open 24 hours a day and have that Old Vegas feel. Every major resort on the Strip and in downtown will also have cafes and bars that are open around the clock.
3. People watching
• If you love to people-watch, there are plenty of wonderful spots to go in Las Vegas. When you're at The Forum Shops at Caesars, request patio dining at Spago or The Cheesecake Factory. It doesn't matter whether you're eating lunch or dinner, people will flock to the fountains located in front of both venues. And here are some other restaurants and bars with great patios that feature incomparable views of tourists strolling down the Strip: Mon Ami Gabi and Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas; Cabo Wabo Cantina and PBR Rock Bar and Grill at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino; Rhumbar at The Mirage and even Fatburger across from CityCenter!
4.Canvassers & costumed characters
• You know those guys who stand on Las Vegas Boulevard snapping cards and trying to hand out fliers for strip clubs and personal entertainers? They're canvassers and they have a legal right to pass out information. If you just keep walking, they aren't aggressive at all.
5. Being a good pedestrian
•Pay extra special attention as you walk across the Strip because the traffic can be pretty hairy. Perhaps it's the lights, the erupting volcano, the dancing fountains, the sinking pirate ship or the Eiffel Tower; whatever it is, drivers seem to have a difficult time following simple traffic rules. So even if your light says "Walk," still look left, look right...and proceed carefully.
6. Staying connected
• Looking for internet access while you're in Vegas? Most hotels offer high-speed and wireless internet access in their guest rooms. It may be free or cost an added charge, but more commonly it is included as part of the resort fee. You can always find free wireless internet access in many restaurants, bars and coffee shops and in certain locations on the Strip.
7. Staying hydrated
• It's no secret that heat levels in the desert can rise to uncomfortable levels. In fact, the average summer temperature in Las Vegas is 41°C. Taking a few seconds throughout the day to sip water will pay off by lowering your risk of passing out or suffering from heatstroke. Plus, drinking lots of alcohol at night or by the pool during the day will also contribute to dehydration. The prices for the bottled drinks are quite high at the hotels, so stop by a local grocery store or convenience store and stock up.
8. Gambling virgin?
• Don't be ashamed. We all can remember that awkward first-time feeling. Take a quick lesson if the casino offers them. You'll find many of them do offer free table games lessons on weekdays in the afternoons. The dealers are there to help - and most of the time they're happy to do so.
9. Join the club
• Almost every casino offers players clubs which are often linked to cards can be used at numerous properties. Use these cards to accumulate points, since you'll probably be gambling anyway, and perhaps receive something free. Players clubs allow you to earn benefits for virtually every dollar you spend, and then you'll also be on the mail/email lists for the hotels. Who knows, they might pick you for a special room rate or decide to send you tickets to a free show.
10. Beware the sun
•Bring sunscreen with you and apply it frequently. If you forget to pack it, most convenience stores and even pools and pool clubs sell it. Get one with an SPF of at least 30.
11. Pace yourself!
• Got big plans at night? If you don't hold back a little at the pools and in the casinos - particularly when it comes to drinking - you won't be going out later. You'll be passed out in your room instead. So have fun and enjoy a few drinks, but wait until the sun sets to really begin partying at Vegas' nightclubs.
12. Mind your wallet
• If you're on the Strip after dark, be mindful of your surroundings and your wallet — the last thing you want is to lose your winnings to a pickpocket!
13. Factor in the queuing time!
• The megaresorts in Las Vegas are larger than they look: If you have trouble walking or are a senior citizen, you may want to request rooms near the hotel's elevators. Most people have never seen hotels this large, and you might find it tiring when you have to hike to your room at the far end of a very long day. Simply going to the pool or the lobby can easily be a half-mile walk…or more!