Las Vegas has an arid climate with sunny, dry, and extremely hot summers. The July average high is 40°C (104°F), but with low humidity. This low humidity does help temperature feel not as hot as it otherwise would at these levels, but never-the-less, it is still hot. Night time lows are usually in the high 20s Celsius (80s Fahrenheit).
Winter is much cooler with daytime highs averaging around 15°C (60°F), and nighttime lows averaging about 4°C (40°F). During winter, a cold spell may set in for several days. Snowfall is quite rare in the metropolitan area itself, but the mountains surrounding the valley are topped with snow during the winter. This allows for skiing and snowboarding. These activities are available in winter with a short drive to the northwest at Mount Charleston.
Spring and fall are very enjoyable months with daytime highs ranging from 15°C-25°C (60°F-80°F). Some of the best months to visit Las Vegas are March, April, May, October, and November. Temperatures are not too hot nor too chilly at those times, although a good time can be had in Las Vegas at any time.
Summer monsoons occur from late July to early September. There could be increases in rainfall during this time, however, taken as a whole, Las Vegas receives little rainfall annually. Take caution during heavy rainfalls as flash flooding can occur in certain parts of the valley. The Strip and Downtown are mostly fine. However, The Quad and Harrah's parking garages do have a tendency to flood. Rainfall is rare, but when it shows up, be aware that it may show up with a vengeance.
There is an impressive aquarium behind the check-in counter and a dolphin habitat.
* America's largest indoor theme park with 25 rides and attractions for all ages. Individual tickets or all day ride passes are available.
* Originally an auto museum at the Imperial Palace, The Auto Collections became the largest classic car showroom in 2000, selling, buying and trading more than 200 fully restored cars ranging in price from $15,000.00 to several million. The collections spans 125,000 square feet and every car is one-of-a-kind.
* The Exhibition showcases 13 whole-body specimens and more than 260 organs and partial body specimens. These real human bodies have been meticulously dissected, preserved through an innovative process. The bodies are respectfully presented, giving visitors the opportunity to view the beauty and complexity of their own organs and systems. The Exhibition provides an up-close look inside our skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and circulatory systems. Authentic human specimens illustrate the damage caused to organs by over-eating and lack of exercise encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
* Inside of the casino there is a tremendous flower garden, with displays changed every month or two.
* A 15-acre garden with Flamingos and other exotic birds, as well as koi and turtles.
* The Fountains of the Bellagio perform a magnificent display (set to music) every 15 minutes in the evenings and also every hour on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Show times can vary on public holidays.
* A pedestrian mall just outside the downtown casinos. Multimedia shows are displayed on a giant canopy over the street nightly.
* A fine-art gallery.
* A place to experience Asian culture.
* Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is a one-of-a-kind special events venue in which more than 100 of the world's hottest celebrities, politicians, athletes and legends are in attendance. Featuring seven highly themed rooms ranging from a Hollywood party with guests including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Eva Longoria to an exciting sports arena with interactive experiences featuring Shaquille O'Neal and Tiger Woods.
* Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, The Mob Museum showcases both sides of the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement. With high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts, and interactive exhibits, you can finally discover the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
* An outdoor lot loaded with huge signs that once twinkled in front of the Silver Slipper, Stardust, and El Cortez. See the giant horeshoe made of thousands of gold-colored light bulbs!
* The highlight is walking through a transparent tunnel with sharks, sea turtle, fish on all sides.
* Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park has over 150 species of animals and plants.
* The world's largest gold nugget is on display in the back of the casino. about 100m behind reception where you can also hold it
* a $30 million complex complete with a shark tank, a 3-story waterslide and seven private cabanas.
* The 25,000-square-foot exhibit features numerous items from the Titanic, including luggage, the ship's whistles, floor tiles from the first-class smoking room, a window frame from the Verandah Cafe and an unopened bottle of champagne with a 1900 vintage. In addition, the exhibit features a piece of Titanic’s hull, a full-scale re-creation of the Grand Staircase as well as a newly expanded outer Promenade Deck, complete with the frigid temperatures felt on that fateful April night.
* The urinals in the men's room are mounted on a piece of the Berlin Wall. If you're female, ask an employee to let you see it.
* This route climbs gradually northwest of Las Vegas so that the Strip's neon lights remain visible for a remarkably long distance, appearing as a luminous cloud from the furthest point.
* The volcano in front of the casino erupts in a terrific light show.
In 2015 a new city pass has been released, Las Vegas Power Pass is the sightseeing pass which gives holders free to over 25 Vegas attractions, tours and experiences Including Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck, Madame Tussauds, and Grand Canyon West Legacy.
Includes a visit to St. Mark's Square.
* Fly your body in a vertical wind tunnel. No experience necessary, all training and equipment provided. Safe for all ages.
* Drive some of the most exclusive race cars in the world on a real race track also choose fomr the world largest selection of exotic cars to race.
* Photo ID required. International travelers welcome. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are recommended. Packages including transportation, Glocks, Beretta, AK-47, M249 SAW, Thompson, Barrett 50 Caliber and M2HB. Coupons and monthly specials available online.
* Old-style machines and newest ones from Stern are there, all in very good condition. Definitely worth a look.
* Paddle the Colorado River from the base of Hoover Dam to Willow Beach Arizona, hike to hot springs from the river. Paddle to island beaches for a swim at Lake Mead.
* Helicopter tours that will take you deep into the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon or soaring above the neon lights and mega resorts of the Las Vegas Strip, as well as helicopter tours that include rafting down the Colorado River.
*Limo Scavenger Hunt throughout the City of Las Vegas. Thrills and visits to the cities Hotspots, both on the Strip and Downtown are included in The Hunt.
* Learn sexy dance moves from real Las Vegas strippers and at the end of the class receive your own Stripper diploma! “Stripper 101” is perfect for bachelorette parties or just a fun night out with the girls.For ladies aged 18 and over. Advanced scheduling required. Tickets and packages available.
* Chase, tour, or explore on an ATV, UTV, or Dune Buggy at the Vegas Dunes, Valley Of Fire, or Amargosa. The Largest Off Road Adventure Firm in Las Vegas has been featured on over 30 TV shows internationally.
* After a training session, get behind the wheel of a Ferrari F430 F1 or other race car and go up to 130mph with an instructor in the passenger seat.
* Horseback Tours include a Sunset Dinner, Lunch or Breakfast horseback ride, an authentic cowboy meal and a visit to cowboy town and petting zoo. Free hotel pick-up.
* Features hundreds of traditional/gear and sport routes. Climbing is possible year-round, though Spring and Fall tend to be most comfortable. There are a couple of guide books that detail the routes. Though the area does not receive much precipitation, it is worth remembering that if the sandstone becomes wet (from rain or snow) it becomes brittle and you'd be wise to avoid it for at least two day before checking if it dried out. There is also a scenic drive through Red Rock Canyon, which will take you about 30 minutes to complete, though there are opportunities to park up and get out of the car. Entry is $7 per car unless you have a National Park pass.
*This 4500 sq ft range located on the Strip at Sahara & Las Vegas blvd, offers rentals of automatics, rifles, handguns and shotguns. Packages start at $99 for the Deuces Wild Free which includes a t-shirt, 1 rifle/1pistol 1 target, eye and ear protection and can run as high as the let yourself go wild package; The Buffet $1,999 which includes eleven guns, free tee, free hat, two targets, eye and ear protection.
Large casinos will invariably offer a variety of dining options, ranging from the omni-present buffet to simple cafes to gourmet restaurants.
In Las Vegas, free drinks are offered to all gamblers whether playing table games or slots of any denomination. You should tip the waitress at least $1 per drink. Failure to do so will most likely result in the waitress visiting you less often, and visiting those more often who do tip.
Although it is offically NOT allowed per the lawbooks, drinking on public sidewalks and other areas on the Strip and Downtown is rarely if ever enforced. Thus it is entirely common to consume alcohol in public areas, including the public sidewalks within the Las Vegas city limits which includes all of Downtown, The Strip and close-by areas. Again, as previously mentioned, over-intoxication and disorderly conduct is frowned upon, so stay within your own limits. On special occasions (New Years Eve and Independence Day for example) there may be bans on glass bottles and/or aluminum cans for the Strip and the Downtown area. Plastic cups and sports bottles are allowed at these times and either provided at purchase or often available at hotel/casino exit doors. When inside a casino or hotel there is seldom any restrictions on carrying drinks from one bar, restaurant or playing location to another with the exception of some showrooms and theaters where it will be clearly posted. Individual shops may also have rules about carrying in food and drink of any kind.
The town of North Las Vegas, Henderson and other outlying areas have very DIFFERENT regulations forbidding removal of alcohol from bars, etc. so check with your host or doorman if in doubt. Many bars and liquor stores are open 24 hours a day. There are also special posted laws for convenience stores, grocery stores and other retail liquor outlets restricting consumption in the immediate vacinity. Most of all, always remember to drink responsibly and realize that the hot, dry desert air in the summer months can have very adverse health affects on people consuming alcohol such as rapid dehydration and deadly heat stroke, even after dark. Drink plenty of water as well!
Las Vegas is a very peculiar destination - and hotels in Las Vegas have a lot of peculiarities that you won't find in other cities.
The vast majority of visitors to Las Vegas arrive from throughout the western half of North America on Friday or Saturday, stay for the weekend, then leave on Sunday or Monday (because they have to get back to work or school). As such, room rates can seem ridiculously cheap from Sunday to Thursday but zoom upwards on weekends. Travelers with flexible schedules can plan around this to their advantage. By staying, say, Sunday through to Thursday, one can not only save a bundle on hotel rates, but also take advantage of package deals that may include a show, meals, and gambling coupons, which may be occasionally worth more than the cost of the hotel room itself.
A bad surprise at check-in are the notorious so-called "resort fees", which are increasingly common throughout North America, but are especially bad in Las Vegas. Many upscale hotels in Las Vegas collect this fee on top of the actual room charge (typically between $10 to $20 per night) when you check in. You won't get around paying it, even if you claim that your hotel booking website had indicated the total pricing as final. The resort fee is apparently an attempt of introducing low-cost airline pricing to hotels: splitting up the price into an attractively cheap basic rate, and charging the customer for almost everything separately. Thus, in Las Vegas, the resort fee typically "covers" the usage of the swimming pool, the fitness center, and perhaps additional amenities like a daily newspaper. Some hotels do not collect resort fees. It may be worth it to ask the front desk to remove this fee; especially if you had a bad experience with your stay. Keep your expectations low, and be polite and reasonable.
Be aware that in certain Las Vegas hotels, even the resort fee does not always cover hotel amenities that are included for free in hotels in the rest of the world. These charges may be quite expensive. Some hotels charge for use of the fitness center with rates around $20 to $40 per visit; some charge as much as $12 per day for wireless internet. Las Vegas hotels, like the vast majority of U.S. hotels, treat in-room telephone calls (local and long distance) as a profit center and tack on exorbitant phone fees to the room bill. Therefore, it is usually better to use your own cell phone or mobile router.
Due to the flamboyant and lively atmosphere of most casino hotels, be aware that you may not get a good night's sleep, especially on weekends or during busy tourist seasons. Drunken parties and associated recklessness are frequent occurrences in most of the motels and hotels on The Strip. Most hotels will send security personnel up to dispel loud parties or to warn drunk patrons to keep the noise down if you call the front desk, but their effectiveness may vary.
Certain Vegas hotels are now trying to bring a "nightclub party" atmosphere to their pools in the daytime. If your room faces the pool and the pool has a DJ in the afternoon, don't count on being able to sleep off jet lag in your room during that period.
In Las Vegas parlance, the words "hotel" and "casino" are interchangeable. There is a big difference between casino hotels and mainstream hotels without gambling. Casino hotels tend to be large (often with a long walk from the parking to your room and often via the gambling floor). The size of casino hotels means that they often have a wider range of services (restaurants, bars, shops, coffee shops, etc.) and many facilities have long opening hours or are open 24 hours.
*Just off the the Famous Las Vegas Strip. No Resort Fees and free amenities including: Free WiFi, Free Deluxe Continental Breakfast, Gym, Sparkling Pool and Shuttle Service.
Given the city's lure of easy money and "Sin City" reputation, Las Vegas naturally attracts a lot of unsavory characters, as evidenced by its rather high violent crime rate: 647.0 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants in calendar year 2011 (according to the FBI's Crime in the United States report). This is substantially higher than big cities like Los Angeles and New York, where the comparable numbers were 405.4 and 406.0 in 2011. Naturally, the crimes that drive Vegas's numbers so high are robbery and aggravated assault.
Be vigilant and do not leave any valuables visible in your car. If you are lucky enough to win a large jackpot, you can ask the casino to hold your winnings in its safe or to pay you with a check so that you are not walking out the door with a large amount of cash. If you insist on receiving all your winnings in cash, all casinos have security personnel available to escort you to your car or room upon request. Like most large tourism destinations, the Strip has its share of pickpockets and purse snatchers, so keep your wallet in a front pocket or keep a tight hold on your purse.
Major casinos are generally very safe. Casinos take security very seriously and have cameras recording almost every square inch of their property, as well as uniformed and plainclothes security personnel patrolling at all times.
Make sure your hotel door is closed safely at night and use the deadbolt if one is provided. If there is knocking on the door at night, don't open it unless you are sure of the good intentions of the persons that knocked. They might just be drunk, but there could be more serious trouble. Remain calm and call security when necessary.
Numerous people along Las Vegas Boulevard will attempt to hand you fliers advertising adult entertainment or prostitution services. Simply ignore them and they won't harm you, although they are profoundly annoying. Others will try to give you cards for free entry and/or drinks in the various clubs scattered throughout the Strip hotels. They usually work in groups, and if you accept cards from them, they will demand a tip.
[wiki=ce9b3de097e640098a56eb5eda04554a]Hoover Dam[/wiki] is located in nearby [wiki=3f654c496515b3084e7f9f4d8b68b8fc]Boulder City[/wiki].[http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/]
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* Five peaks over 11,000' which is Bristlecone Pine County. At 11,918 ft (3,362 m), Mt. Charleston reaches the treeless alpine zone and is Nevada's fourth highest peak. The geology is mainly limestone which soaks up rainfall and snowmelt up high and releases it in lower canyons. Carry plenty of water for hikes along the crest. Expect snow at higher elevations October to May or June.
* [wiki=e31d943ba53e71775980213fba3fe2b1]Lake Mead National Recreation Area[/wiki] - one hour and twenty minutes north-east by car. Hot springs.
* Grand Canyon is about 4 hours by car, via the [wiki=ce9b3de097e640098a56eb5eda04554a]Hoover Dam[/wiki].
* [wiki=41f81c78c84899084e0dcc71c1188061]Mount Whitney[/wiki], highest U.S. peak outside Alaska. About two hours beyond Death Valley.
* [wiki=d3ca51346a0cdb968fbf185465cd45f2]Zion National Park[/wiki] is about three hours east of Vegas and offers stunning scenery in a red-walled canyon.
* 45 minutes from Las Vegas.
* Offers more vertical feet but is about a three hour drive via I-15.
* Mt. Charleston ski area in winter, hiking up to alpine zone in summer. 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
* provides excellent technical cross-country and downhill trails. 30 minutes south of "the Strip".
* Less technical riding, but with amazing views.
* [wiki=ad63f84767fed2b214a41232cbfad47b]White Mountains (California)[/wiki] includes the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. To get there, take US-95 and S.R. 168 to Westgard Pass, then paved road as far as Shulman Grove at 10,000 ft, gravel to Patriarch grove just below treeline.
* [wiki=824014ecbc75f42007ab1e3af9b92714]Death Valley[/wiki] is two hours to the west by car.
* Desert National Wildlife Range primitive camping on 1,588,459 acres of Mohave Desert. Set aside primarily for desert bighorn sheep, is 23 miles north of Las Vegas on U.S. 95.
* Great Basin National Parkhas Nevada's only glacier and other excellent mountain scenery, Bristlecone Pines, cave tour with stalactites etc. North on US-93 to Ely, east on US-50.
* [wiki=bfd5600d2a46c5ffb2e3fba7c159bf8f]Valley of Fire State Park[/wiki] is one hour north-east by car. However, note that the highway is under construction and so driving north from Lake Mead will add two extra hours to go 4 mi (6 km).
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* Los Angeles is about 4 hours by car.
* [wiki=08ba0e597992a20badcae82056175a87]Mesquite[/wiki] is a delightful little resort on the Nevada-Arizona border near Utah. About 1.25 hours by car.
* [wiki=3c712bfab04adcbfcf7bb2e82e7d9141]Sedona[/wiki], [wiki=3fe5003edc0cb6c83962dbd74d35dd50]Arizona[/wiki], New Age tourist town in red sandstone canyon. About 4.5 hours by car.
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