Las Vegas Travel Guides

When Las Vegas was incorporated as a city in 1911, its founders surely had no idea it would become the spectacular tourist mecca it is today. Translated from Spanish, Las Vegas means "The Meadows," even though it's situated in the dry Mojave Desert. But you won't feel the least bit parched when you partake of all the modern amenities Las Vegas has to offer, including a vast array of food and beverage choices, stellar shopping, outstanding entertainment, informative museums, richly appointed galleries and, of course, world-famous gambling casinos.

Where to Stay

The hotels in Las Vegas are plentiful, and you'll want to stay in one that best suits your personal needs. With hundreds of hotels to choose from, you should base your decision on whether you're in town for business or pleasure, to attend a destination wedding or get in some good old-fashioned fun. Also consider whether you're traveling solo or with your significant other, hanging with friends or bringing your family. You can stay right on the Strip and pick from some of the top Las Vegas hotels, many of which have been exquisitely remodeled. Downtown is a great choice, too, with the canopied Fremont Street rising in popularity as a hotel hot spot.


McCarran International Airport serves Las Vegas and the surrounding areas, with approximately 45 million passengers flying in and out every year. McCarran is about five miles south of Las Vegas, and you can easily rent a car or take a cab or other transportation to your hotel.

Top Things to Do

There's gambling of course, but Las Vegas is so much more than its casinos! You have your choice of adult-centric or kid-appropriate entertainment — from magicians to musical acts, cabaret performances to variety shows and much more — in venues of all styles and sizes. If it's an outdoor experience you're after, take a helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon, visit Hoover Dam, cruise Lake Mead or go horseback riding or ATV trailblazing!

Weather/Seasonal Information

Although you may be spending a lot of time enjoying your hotel or casino's refreshing air conditioning, you might want to go poolside, take a stroll down the Strip or visit some of Las Vegas' amazing outdoor sights. Prepare for your trip by remembering Las Vegas is in the desert, with average high temperatures from May to October generally ranging from 82 degrees to 105 degrees, including evening hours. The rest of the year is usually quite a bit cooler, so bring a warm jacket just in case.

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