Las Vegas used to be all about the gambling, but while the blackjack tables and gaming are still a huge part of the action on the infamous Strip – the 6km stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard between Russell Road and Sahara Avenue – it is now partly about the luxury. The shopping, high-end spa treatments, celebrity-chef eateries, and headliner shows are what travellers increasingly buy airline tickets to Las Vegas for.
A world-class city, Las Vegas is the only place on earth where you can view a dazzling light show that takes in an entire street, take a ride in a gondola or see a volcano erupt, all in the same day. It’s also the place to see an Eiffel Tower and Sphinx without hopping on a plane.
Beyond the glitz and the neon lights, there is plenty of nature to explore. Many travellers pencil in a visit to the Red Rock National Conservation area, Lake Mead National Recreation area and Mount Charleston, all a quick drive from the hotels and casinos.
Las Vegas has a classic desert climate. Temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) during the summer months and it can be humid. Spring and fall are considered ideal times to take cheap flights to Las Vegas. The temperatures are mild. Winters are mild too.