Best Time to Visit: Not during peak summer i.e. not June – Aug
Reasons To Visit:
- Take a Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour: It’s a bit funny how our top reason to visit Vegas is not in the city proper. Las Vegas provides an excellent (albeit a bit pricey) opportunity to see one of the most unique sights in the world from a different perspective. The Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world & looks fantastic from a bird’s eye view. Most of this post’s pictures focus on the Grand Canyon.
- Tip: We recommend Papillon Helicopter Tours for seeing the Grand Canyon. Our specific tour was the Golden Eagle tour and it costed $500 for 2 people.
- Tip: .Even though you paid through the nose to get on the tour, consider tipping the pilot if you enjoyed his/her narration. In the USA, tipping is a must for a job well done.
- Wander Around the Strip & Hotels: There are a huge number of pictures on the internet with the neon lights of the Strip and it is truly a sight to behold. Walk through as many hotels and casinos that interest you as you can. Below is a handy list of which hotel has what speciality sight.
- Stratosphere: Top floor bar, restaurant and sweeping views of the Strip from the observation deck. Bungee jump off the top.
- Bellagio: Dancing fountains synced with music. Flower conservatory indoors.
- Wynn: Beautiful flower structures like the carousel below
- Fake Europe: Venetian, Paris
- Caesars Palace: Beautiful lobby but the pools make you want to be a guest.
- Sin: It’s called sin city for a reason. Take your pick out of the 7 deadly sins to indulge in. Drinking, gambling, partying and eating can be easily accessed. Or just laze around in your excellent hotel room.
- Tip: Choose your resort of choice carefully based on what room features you’d like as well as the resort features you’ll have access to. Also note that resorts are massive and it may take 10-15 minutes to get to your room from the hotel lobby.
- Visit Downtown Vegas: Away from the madness of the Strip is the lively and colourful Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. We believe a real Las Vegas experience includes a trip here, the vibe is something you’ll relish after spending time at the Strip. Make sure to visit some of the old school casinos and the numerous trinket shops that line the street. Adding to the colourful chaos are the street performers.
Getting In & Around:
- McCarran International Airport is very well connected by domestic flights (specially Southwest Airlines).
- Taxis are mostly the best way to get around in Vegas as it will take you from outside the jam packed Strip through better roads.
- The RTC double decker buses are a bit expensive and not useful in high traffic situations. That being said, they are definitely useful at off-peak times. Getting a day ticket also lets you ride to Fremont Street / Downtown and back easily. The current price for the day ticket is $8 for 24 hours.
- There is also a Monorail that connects different resorts on the East side of the strip. We have never taken it though.
Weather: Las Vegas has desert climate like most of Nevada and hence it’s a pleasant visit in early spring. Peak summer and peak winter are best avoided due to the temperature extremes.
Food & Drink:
- Food is incredibly expensive in Vegas so you want to stretch your dollar by being smart.
- The No. 1 food experience in our book is to eat one massive meal at the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. 500 items and bottomless champagne and mimosas. Make that meal count. Bonus points for counting number of items tasted. Tip: Get in at 10:30 AM to avoid lines and spend the next 2-3 hours eating.
- Fall back on fast food (which is also more expensive than normal) concentrated in the food court around Harrah’s on the Caesars Palace side of the Strip. There are other food courts around the Strip as well.
- Asian restaurants within resorts are the other relatively cheap options for food. An example is the Red 8 at Wynn.
N.B.: The cover image was not shot by us (we don’t have a good shot of the welcome sign) and was downloaded from http://7-themes.com/6996337-welcome-to-las-vegas.html