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Introduction

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, Nevada, was a simple quiet town until the mob decided to turn it into a gambling mecca. Established in 1905, it became a city in 1911 and from then onwards grew rapidly. Today some of the world's most famous casinos are here and wild nights can be experienced here. The city's tolerance for various forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City. If you want to hit up the big casinos on the strip or some of the smaller ones in downtown there is a casino for everyone. If you don't want to gamble, there are plenty of musicians, dance clubs, magic acts and even some outdoor activities around to entertain you. Remember: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas and VIVA LAS VEGAS!

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Sights and Activities

Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

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The Las Vegas Strip is where all the action takes place in Sin City. It's a 7-kilometre stretch of the Las Vegas Boulevard where all the hotels and casinos are located and where almost all of the gambling and other activities in the city can be found. Although historically, Downtown Las Vegas had all the gambling going on, the casinos that were not in here along Fremont Street were restricted to outside of the city limits on Las Vegas Boulevard. Quickly, this part, the Strip, grew rapidly and now is the centerpiece with all the famous hotels, shows and casinos.

  • The Hoover Dam is one of the most famous dams in a North America and is just south of Las Vegas.
  • Lake Mead is the reservoir behind Hoover Dam and makes it an excellent place to spend a day on the beach or in a house boat.
  • The Grand Canyon is a United States National Park and is one of the most spectacular examples of erosion in the world. For more information visit the Grand Canyon article.
  • Madame Tussuads Las Vegas - The one and only celebrity wax attraction on The Las Vegas Strip. Interact with 100+ of your favourite stars at the world famous Madame Tussauds. Address: 3377 S Las Vegas Blvd #2001, Las Vegas, NV 89109, United States, Phone: +1 702-862-7800, Hours: Sun-Thu: 10:00am-09:00pm Fri-Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm

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Weather

Las Vegas has an arid climate with low precipitation year round, just over 100 mm annually. From June to September, average daytime temperatures are between 35 °C and 40 °C, sometimes hitting 45 °C. Nights are pleasantly warm during this time. Winter days are between 15 °C and 20 °C, with nights around zero. Occasionally, snow is possible during this time. March to May and October and November are pleasant months for a visit.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max14.1 °C17.4 °C20.4 °C25.3 °C31 °C37.9 °C41.1 °C39.6 °C34.8 °C27.8 °C19.7 °C14.2 °C
Avg Min0.9 °C3.8 °C6.6 °C10.4 °C15.7 °C20.8 °C24.6 °C23.4 °C19 °C12.4 °C5.9 °C1.1 °C
Rainfall12.2 mm12.2 mm10.7 mm5.3 mm7.1 mm3 mm8.9 mm12.4 mm7.1 mm5.3 mm10.9 mm9.7 mm
Rain Days2.11.82.11.20.90.51.621.211.31.7

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Getting There

By Plane

McCarran International Airport (LAS) is the main gateway to Las Vegas and Southwest Airlines offers most flights to/from here. Destinations include Albuquerque, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, Oakland, New Orleans, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C. and San Diego, among many more.
US Airways offers a lot of flights as well, including most of the above places and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Toronto and Vancouver. Westjet has flights to quite a few Canadian cities as well.
New York is served by Continental and Delta and international connections include Mexico City, Frankfurt, Guadalajara, London, Manila, Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester and Monterrey.

The airport is located about 5 miles (8 kilometres) from the business district of Las Vegas, and just a mile or so from the Strip.

To/from the airport

  • Car: Access to McCarran Airport is from Tropicana Avenue (State Route 593) to the north or the Las Vegas Beltway (Interstate 215) to the south. Vehicles enter the airport via the McCarran Airport Connector, which includes Paradise Road/Swenson Street and the airport tunnel. Rental cars are available at the airport, with companies like Hertz, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Enterprise and Alamo/National.
  • Numerous taxis are generally waiting to take you there or get you from the airport to your hotel/casino.
  • RTC Transit has buses: Route #108 provides service to Downtown Las Vegas, Route #109 services the South Strip Transfer Terminal, the consolidated rental car facility and Maryland Parkway and the "ACE Gold Line" bus service along the Las Vegas Strip connects with Route 109 (south) at the South Strip Transfer Terminal. There is no direct bus service from the airport to The Strip. Both Route #109 and "ACE Gold Line" operates 24 hours a day.

By Car

Las Vegas can be approaced from all directions. The main Interstate 15 (I-15) runs from northeast (Utah) through southern Nevada and Las Vegas, towards the southwest crossing into Caliornia at the Mojave Desert and continuing towards LA. Route 93 runs from Kingman, Arizona, into Nevada passing Las Vegas and continuing north. Route 95 from southern California runs to Las Vegas and onwards in northwestern direction parallel at the California-Nevada border.

By Bus

Megabus offers three daily connections to Los Angeles. They take around 4 to 4.5 hours. It works as a lowcostairline, that is if you book well in advance you can get seats for as little as one dollar! Greyhound has buses to San Diego, LA and San Francisco, among other places. There are even buses run by Amtrak (train company) from LA as well.

Welcome in Las Vegas

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

By Public Transport

Citizens Area Transit offers city and suburban bus routes usually from 5am to 2am daily, with the double-decker Deuce buses running 24/7 along the Strip and to downtown. The regular fare is $1.25 per ride, except on Deuce buses ($2). Exact change is required!
The Las Vegas Monorail travel up and down the main part of The Strip between the Sahara hotel and the MGM hotel.
It costs $5 one-way, $9 return and $15 for a one-day pass.

By Foot

If traveling along the Strip, walking is a reasonable option as the hotel-casinos are close to each other. However, note that what may look to be a short walk of only a couple hotel-casinos away may be farther than you expected as the resorts often look closer than they are due to their large size. In most cases, hotels are connected to each other either by bridge or underground or in the case of Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay, by a complimentary rail shuttle. Be aware that during the summer, the oppressive heat during the daylight hours may make walking a very uncomfortable activity.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
AAE Casino Wild West Las Vegas3330 W. Tropicana Ave. Near The StripHostel76
AAE Las Vegas Palace Station Casino2411 W. Sahara Ave Las Vegas, NVHotel76
Sin City Hostel1208 Las Vegas Blvd., SouthHostel82
Las Vegas Hostel1322 Fremont St.Hostel74
Travelodge Las Vegas2830 Las Vegas BlvdHOTEL81
Las Vegas Airport Travelodge5075 Koval LaneHotel81
Bonanza Lodge1808 Fremont Street, Downtown - Fremont StreetHotel-
Desert Moon Hotel1701 Fremont StreetHotel-
Emerald Suites Hotel - Las Vegas Boulevard9145 S. Las Vegas BlvdHotel-
Howard Johnson Inn Las Vegas Strip1401 Las Vegas BoulevardHotel77
Motel 6 Las Vegas195 E Tropicana Avenue Las Vegas, NV, 89109Hotel-
HI Las Vegas Tod Hostel1508 S. Las Vegas BlvdHostel-
West Coast Hostel1150 Las Vegas Blvd S.Hostel-
Hostel Cat1236 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NevadaHostel82
Shalimar Hostel1401A Las Vegas Blvd S.HOSTEL77
Siena Suites6555 Boulder HighwayHotel-
Super 8 Las Vegas1213 S. Las Vegas BlvdHotel-
Best Western Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino3500 Paradise RoadHotel-
Bridger Inn Hotel301 S. Main St.HOTEL-

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Casinos and Hotels

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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Quick Facts

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Nationality
American
State
Nevada
County
Clark County
City Population(2007)
599,087
Time Zone
PST(UTC -8)
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 36.233048
  • Longitude: -115.246776

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