Las Vegas

To Do, To See, To Enjoy! | Some Tips | Local Transportation | Map | Side Trips & Car Rentals | Getting There | Weather and Useful links

Las Vegas is world renowned as the city for gambling. But it is much more than that. It is a resort community featuring spectacular shows, a full line up of top entertainment of all kinds, great night life and fine dining. Beyond the Vegas Strip, there is the old city around Fremont Street and then much more in the whole Las Vegas Valley, streching out to the Grand Canyon.


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To Do, To See, To Enjoy!

Attractions

  • The Freemont Street Experience
  • Volcano at the Mirage
  • Big Shot at the Stratosphere
  • Atlantis 3-D at Ceasars Palace
  • Lion habitat at the MGM Grand
  • Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
  • World's largest gold nugget at the Golden Nugget
  • The Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Venetian Gondola rides
  • Any many more!

Museums, Cultural and historical attractions

  • Cirque du Soleil shows!
  • The Imperial Palace Auto Collection
  • The Guggenheim Heritage Museum
  • The Liberace Museum
  • Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
  • The Lost City Museum, Pueblo Grande
  • Hoover Dam Museum, Boulder City
  • The Las Vegas Natural History Museum
  • Atomic Testing Museum
  • Neon Museum at The Freemont Street Experience
  • "Bugsy" Seagle memorial
  • Bonnie & Clyde's "Death Car"
  • Gameworks thought up by Steven Spielberg
  • Great Balloon Experience
Some Tips

What to Wear
T-shirts, shorts and athletic shoes are a common sight in the summer. Long pants and a light jacket are recommended in winter. Bring along comfortable shoes for sightseeing and formal attire if there are plans for fine dining or clubbing.

Liquor Laws
While Las Vegas has some of the most liberal liquor laws in the United States, you must be at least 21 years of age to drink alcohol.

Suggested Gratuities

  • A tip of 15 to 20 percent is the norm when food or drink is served.
  • Hotel Personnel - $1 to $2 a bag.
  • Dealers and Slot Attendants - A small bet is the standard reward.
  • Showroom Maitre d's - A tip of $5 to $20 will ensure desired seating.
  • Taxicab Drivers/Tour Guides - Taxi drivers usually receive $1 to $2. Tour guides receive $1 to $2 per person.
  • Valet - $2 is the usual tip.
  • Maids - A $2 tip per day.

Childcare
Visitors under the age of 21 are prohibited from loitering in casinos. As a result, many resort hotels provide programs and activities for children and teenagers.

Local Transportation

Monorail
The Las Vegas Monorail runs from the MGM Grand Hotel at the south end of the Strip to the Sahara Hotel at the north end of the Strip.


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for the monorail station map

CAT
The CAT Bus is the a popular means of public transportation among locals and tourists with 52 bus routes operating covering a large portion of the valley.

Primary Roadways
Primary roadways into Las Vegas include I-15 (north to Salt Lake City–south to San Diego), US 93 (north to Ely and Jackpot–south to Kingman, Arizona) and US 95 (north towards Reno–south to Searchlight).

Side Trips and Places to See

Approx. Distance To

km / miles

Los Angeles

435 / 270

Phoenix

467 / 290

San Diego

548 / 340

Reno

725 / 450

San Francisco

919 / 570


The Grand Canyon in western Arizona lies approximately 300 miles (480 kilometers) - a one-hour flight from Las Vegas. Over millions of years, the Colorado River carved this natural wonder that is one mile deep and 277 miles long. Sightseeing air tours of the Grand Canyon depart Las Vegas daily for half-day, full-day and overnight excursions.

Boulder City is just 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of the Las Vegas Strip, on the way to Lake Mead. Built in the '30s for Hoover Dam construction workers' families, it is the site of the historic Boulder Dam Hotel, the only Nevada city that does not allow public gaming. Boulder City's historic Old Town district is home to many quaint shops, several of which feature works by Native American jewelers.

Hoover Dam
is an engineering wonder of the world just 35 miles (56 kilometers) southeast of Las Vegas. Formerly named Boulder Dam, this historic man-made creation tamed the mighty Colorado River and created North America's largest man-made lake, Lake Mead. Construction of the 726-foot-high arch-gravity dam that is 660 feet thick at its base, forever changed the face of the western United States. On-site tours of the dam are available to the public throughout the year.

Mt. Charleston is 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Las Vegas with its highest elevation at 11,918 feet (3,615 meters). An average of 20 to 30 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, Mt. Charleston is perfect for skiing, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding and seasonal camping.

Mojave National Preserve is only 60 miles (97 kilometers) southwest of Las Vegas. This 1.6-million-acre preserve, which protects one of the most diverse environments in the world, abounds with sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests and mile-high mountains. The preserve's visitor centers, located in Baker and Needles, Calif., welcome visitors year-round.

Rhyolite is a well-preserved ghost town 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Las Vegas near the small community of Beatty, Nev., which bills itself as the "Gateway to Death Valley." Highlights of the area include ruins of the Potter General Store, Newton's Grille, a school, several major banks, a house made entirely out of bottles and a railroad depot.

Death Valley is located in western California, 135 miles (216 kilometers) from Las Vegas and a mere 40-minute plane ride away. This scenic wonder has the lowest elevation on the North American continent at 280 feet (84.93 meters) below sea level. Points of interest include Zabriskie Point, 20 Mule Team Canyon and Scotty's Castle. Tours are available on site.

Bryce Canyon is located 210 miles (336 kilometers) northeast of Las Vegas in southwestern Utah. This popular national park offers an outdoor exhibition of unique rock formations with imaginative names like Pink Cliffs, Silent City and Cathedral. Bryce Canyon is open throughout the year.

Getting There

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Weather and Useful Links


www.weather.com

Curent Weather Conditions
www.weather.noaa.gov

Las Vegas' 320 days of sunshine a year lends to great vacation weather year-round. If you love outdoor activities, then the Las Vegas territory will make a perfect match for you. If you are visiting in the summer, your tee times and other outdoor activities are best scheduled for the early morning when the desert air is mild and enjoyable. With an average annual rainfall of 4.13 inches (10.5 cm) and humidity around 29 percent, the climate is classified as arid.

The following gives you an idea of the weather you can expect for each month.

Month

Temperatures*
Min. (F/C)


Max. (F/C)

Precipitation*
Inches/cm

Humidity %*

January

33.6/.89

57.3/14

.48/1.21

43

February

38.8/3.8

63.3/17.4

.48/1.21

28

March

43.8/6.6

68.8/20.4

.42/1.1

22

April

50.7/10.4

77.5/25.3

.21/.53

20

May

60.2/15.7

87.8/31

.28/.71

18

June

69.4/20.8

100.3/37.9

.12/.30

21

July

76.2/24.6

105.9/41.1

.35/.89

24

August

74.2/23.4

103.2/40

.49/1.24

26

September

66.2/19

94.7/34.8

.28/.71

27

October

54.3/12.4

82.1/27.8

.21/.53

29

November

42.6/5.9

67.4/19.7

.43/1.1

31

December

33.9/1.1

57.5/14.2

.38/.97

44

*National Weather Service

Consular Affairs of Canada
www.voyage.gc.ca

Travel tips for the United States
www.voyage.gc.ca

General Information
www.lonelyplanet.com

Tourist and Convention Information
www.lasvegas24hours.com

Visit Las Vegas
www.visitlasvegas.com

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
www.lvcva.com

Cirque du Soleil
www.cirquedusoleil.com

 
 
 


 
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