Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Located in the south of Nevada, in the middle of the desert, Las Vegas has gotten rich off the state's relaxed gambling laws, and on any given day billions are at stake on the tables and in the theme parks. If you tire of the slot machines and neon though, the surrounding area has some of the region's most beautiful scenery, best seen with a rental car through checking available national travel deals on your arrival.

Getting there

McCarran International Airport receives flights from all over the US, Canada and Europe, and is located just to the south of the Strip; shuttle buses, taxis and city buses all run to town. Car rental is easily arranged at the airport. Gaughan's Plaza Hotel and Casino houses the Amtrak train station with services from all major US cities; while Greyhound Lines has bus services between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Phoenix (Arizona).

By road, I-15 runs from Los Angeles in the west, through Las Vegas, and on to Salt Lake City and up to the Canadian border at Alberta. Plenty of other state highways traverse the desert and converge on Las Vegas from the major cities of the Southwest. Highway 95 zigzags its way up towards Reno from Las Vegas. If exploring the desert by rental car is your plan, be sure to check out national travel deals for the best prices.

Key attractions

The main attraction is, of course, the Strip, just south of the city center, where a profusion of the world's glitziest hotels and casinos await. Some of the hotels are attractions in themselves, with the likes of Caesar's Palace and the monstrous MGM Grand. The downtown area is know as the Glitter Gulch and is centered on the intersection of Highway 95 and I-15. Apart from the endless roulette and blackjack tables, Las Vegas is also big on its cabaret shows, concerts and big fights.

Out and about

Nevada is a land of rugged, snow-capped mountains, grassy valleys and sandy deserts, and offers respite from the bustle of the casinos. The Hoover Dam lies to the southeast of town in Lake Mead National Park and is a huge feat of engineering; while the Lexington Arch is another must-see. Death Valley is a truly wonderful sight, with its unworldly landscapes and stark rock formations; it also offers numerous little trails to explore and boasts the second lowest point on earth. Self-drive via car rental is the most convenient way to take in NevadaŠµs breathtaking natural sights.

Leisure options

Most hotel/resorts have swimming pools and health clubs, and there are some world class golf courses near the city. All types of water sports are offered at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and there is great hiking in the canyons.

Safety

Driving long distances increases your chance of having an accident, so take regular breaks. Pickpockets operate throughout the city, so try to remain extra vigilant. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance for yourself and your family when visiting Las Vegas.

 

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