Las Vegas: a gleaming gem in the Nevada Desert
What happens on your 2017 Las Vegas holiday doesn't necessarily have to stay in Las Vegas: after a week away in the city of lights, you'll hardly be able to stop talking about your holiday. From the gleaming lights of the famous strip, to the grand Bellagio hotel and glitzy downtown Fremont St, there's plenty of splendour to wonder at. Take a risk in the casinos, people watch from a bar on the strip, or enjoy dozens of shows and activities at night in a city where the lights never turn off. Ideal for couples looking for glamour, families looking for fun and friends looking to whittle away the time shaking bags of chips and partying, a holiday in Las Vegas has something to offer for everyone.
Most popular hotels in Las Vegas
Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
Las Vegas, Nevada
At a glance
- Currency: United States Dollar
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +-8
- Average flight time: 10h 50m
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What happens on your 2017 Las Vegas holiday doesn't necessarily have to stay in Las Vegas: after a week away in the city of lights, you'll hardly be able to stop talking about your holiday. From the gleaming lights of the famous strip, to the grand Bellagio hotel and glitzy downtown Summerlin, there's plenty of splendour to wonder at. Take a risk in the casinos, people watch from a bar on the strip, or enjoy dozens of shows and activities at night in a city where the lights never turn off. Ideal for couples looking for glamour, families looking for fun and friends looking to whittle away the time shaking bags of chips and partying, a holiday in Las Vegas has something to offer for everyone.
Wine and Dine
Las Vegas used to be known for its classic hotel buffets, but there are excellent restaurants offering world-wide cuisine. If you fancy an all-American meal on your Las Vegas holiday you can check out hundreds of restaurants that offer American staples, like steak and cheeseburgers, in a fine-dining atmosphere with great views of the strip. Las Vegas is a city of the world. You can pick and choose between a wide variety of different cuisines, including Japanese, Italian and Thai food. There are quick and easy options too, fast-food served with a splash of Las Vegas magic, to make sure you can get refueled and back out onto the strip. Try a little bit of everything on your Las Vegas holiday, and the hotels all provide a variety of cuisines, some more wacky than others. The Italian food is meant to be especially good in Las Vegas, so hunt some down.
Despite the city's reputation for gambling and partying, a family holiday in Las Vegas offers a wide range of activities. There's go-karting and laser-tag to start us off, but even these seem boring when compared with some of the other thrills Las Vegas provides. For a medieval experience there's the Tournament of Kings dinner show at the Excalibur, which includes jousting, fighting knights and fireworks. Las Vegas also boasts an unusual amount of wildlife, from tigers at Siegfried and Roy's, to the Shark Reef at Mandala Bay. If your family wants some more typical thrills there's loads of roller-coasters. What about the Big Shot at the Stratosphere? The coaster shoots you up into the air above Las Vegas and allows you to enjoy the stunning view (if only for a few seconds!) For something relaxed and iconic after your day of thrill-seeking, there's the beautiful fountain show at the Bellagio hotel.
Action and Adventure
For a truly unique way to see the strip on your Las Vegas holiday, you can try out the SlotZilla zip-line, which rockets you along above the heads of the revelers. To experience the best adventure on your Las Vegas holiday you've got to venture out of the city and into the endless Nevada Desert. You can rock around the countryside on an ATV, race downstream in a kayak, or be a cowboy for the day on a Cowboy Trail Ride. Tired of the slow pace of your pony? The Nevada Desert is full of long straight roads, which means a fascination with fast cars. If you're a fan of extreme speed you can take a ride alongside a professional driver in some of the fastest cars in the world, allowing you to experience the true jet-set lifestyle and the American need for speed. If you want to push yourself to the limit, there's skydiving. Hurtling through the sunny Vegas sky offers the ultimate view of the city and the surrounding desert to round off your Las Vegas holiday with a truly exhilarating experience.
Life's a Beach
Las Vegas is a city in the middle of a desert, in the middle of landlocked Nevada. There's no natural beaches here, but this is Las Vegas. Many resorts decided that a beach-less holiday in Las Vegas wasn't good enough, so they made their own. The ultimate Las Vegas beach experience can be had at the Mandalay Bay Beach, which is a massive 11 acres in size and has a giant freshwater pool surrounded by a sandy beach. There's a wave machine, sun beds and even a casino. Mandalay Bay is also a hotel, so if you’re keen on beaches, you could stay right next door. If you're craving a beach on your Las Vegas holiday there's plenty of artificial beaches to satisfy your needs, enough to make you forget that you’re in the city of lights for just a short moment.
A holiday in Las Vegas is synonymous with great nightlife. The casinos never close, the lights never turn off and the music never stops. Vegas was the original city that never sleeps. For the ultimate easy partying experience, you can go on dozens of different club and bar crawls offered by tour services along the strip. If you want to fine tune your experience you could visit the House of Blues to see some music with a real American vibe, laugh the night away at Brad Garret's Comedy Club in a classic red-curtain atmosphere or unwind after a long day at some of the city's late night pools and spas. Whatever your mood, whatever the day, a holiday in Las Vegas offers you some of the best nightlife experiences in the world.
What could be more romantic than a gondola ride at the Venetian Hotel? Admiring the city lights from the window of a luxurious restaurant, high above the strip? Relaxing in a grand hotel room on a huge king-size bed? A quiet walk through glamourous downtown Summerlin? If that seems like a long list, it’s because a holiday in Las Vegas is perfect for couples. There's plenty to see and experience with your partner, including a day out to the Grand Canyon, a trip around the iconic casinos and hotels or enjoying cocktails in a swanky bar. Try shopping at the Palazzo’s Atrium if you’re looking for some couple’s retail therapy. If you both need a moment of quiet reflection in your otherwise jam-packed Las Vegas holiday, the Bellagio's Gallery of Fine Art is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Afterwards, visit the Bellagio Fountains, hold hands and watch the lights. It's an iconic Las Vegas experience.
Once you've experienced the thrills of your Las Vegas holiday, there are plenty of places to unwind and contemplate your time in the city of lights. For a concentration of all things artistic, you can head to the Downtown arts district, which features loads of art galleries. If you're missing the party, on the first Friday of every month the district turns into a huge arts fair with drinks, music and most importantly, art! Las Vegas also has lots of unique museums, the most popular being the Mob Museum, which takes you through the history of the American gangster in Las Vegas. If you want more history, you can check out the Titanic museum which features genuine artefacts from the wreck. Even though the city is known as an international destination for party-goers and gamblers, the city has historical significance in the old American West. There are tours available which take you through the development of the city, from small village to the bustling holiday destination it is today.