Las Vegas Travel Guide

Prepare for your Las Vegas getaway with our detailed Travel Guide. Learn about the history, fun facts, important travel tips, emergency contacts ... everything you need to know in one convenient place.

Settled in 1905, but only officially named a city in 1911, Established in 1905, Las Vegas became the most populous American city founded in the 20th century (the century before saw Chicago as this important statistic). Las Vegas is affectionately called 'Sin City' because of the high tolerance for alternative adult entertainment. The exceptional urban set-up and fame has made Las Vegas a popular setting for films and television programs. There are numerous outdoor lighting displays on Fremont Street and Las Vegas Blvd (a.k.a., the Strip), as well as elsewhere in the city.

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Popular Tours
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Things To Know

Nickname(s):

The Entertainment Capital of the World
Sin City
Capital of Second Chances
The Marriage Capital of the World

Key Features:

The major attractions in Las Vegas are the casinos and the shows. The most famous of hotel casinos are found on The Strip (a portion of Las Vegas Boulevard).

The city is speckled with casinos, but you may be surprised to learn that the large mega casinos are actually outside of the city. However, there are still many hotel casinos in the city's downtown area as well, which was the focal point of the city's gaming industry in its early days.

Some of the most notable casinos involved in downtown gaming are on the Fremont Street Experience which was granted variances to allow bars to be closer together.

Another surprise here is that outdoor space is rather easy to find, as Las Vegas has dozens of parks. They include Las Vegas Springs Preserve and Floyd Lamb State Park.

Try to plan your trip so you are in town on the first Friday of the month. The "First Friday" celebration exhibits local artist talent and musicians in a section of the city's Downtown region now called the "Arts District". The Thursday prior to First Friday is known in the 18b Arts District as "Preview Thursday". This evening event highlights new gallery exhibitions just opening throughout the district.

The Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park, also known as the Las Vegas Zoo, exhibits over 150 species of animals and plants.

Population:

567,641

Averages Temp: 

June through September are very hot and dry, with average daytime highs of 94 to 1o4°F and nighttime lows of 69°F. July and August tend to be at the top end of that spectrum. The good news is that humidity is very low, often under 10%.

Las Vegas' winters are short and usually mild, with daytime highs near 60 °F (16 °C) and nighttime lows around 40 °F (4 °C). You will see some snow capped mountains surrounding Vegas in the winter, but very rarely does it actually snow in the city.

Size: 

131.3 sq mi (340 km2), of which 131.2 sq mi (340 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) of it (0.04%) is water.

Time Zone: 

PST (UTC 8) - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC 7)

: :   POPULAR TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS

Fremont Street Experience (FSE)

Visit Fremont Street Experience (FSE)n Vegas

The Fremont Street Experience (FSE) is a unique mall with tons of activities, including a take on indoor ziplining. Namely, free concerts are held on two different stages. You will also find the Neon Museum and the city's annual New Year's Eve party, complete with fireworks on the display screen.

Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park

Kangaroo's at the Las Vegas Zoo

Informally known as the Las Vegas Zoo, this nonprofit Zoological park and botanical garden is located northwest of the Strip, about 15 minutes away. It focuses primarily on the education of desert life and habitat protection. Its mission statement is to "educate and entertain the public by displaying a variety of plants and animals". An admission fee is charged, but at least you know that your money will go towards a good cause.

Helldorado Days

Annual Rodeo Event in Las Vegas

Enjoy the annual cowboy themed festival that hosts a rodeo, parade and carnival since 1934. The rodeo is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event and usually held in May.

Shark Reef Aquarium

Amazing Shark walk at the aquarium in Vegas

Visit the third largest aquarium in North America! The facility is an incredible 95,000 sq ft (8,800 m2), and lets you meet numerous different species of sharks, rays, fish, reptiles, and marine invertebrates. One of the biggest highlights is the shark tunnel. The Shark Reef Aquarium is the only Nevada institution accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. Normally aquariums are located close to the ocean, but this one as it is in a desert, far from natural water sources.

- 1701 gambling licenses have been issues. This number is probably higher now!
- Daily shrimp consumption in Vegas is more than 60,000 pounds. Imagine! This is higher than the rest of the country combined!
- It would take 288 years for one person to spend one night in every hotel room in Las Vegas.
- About 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day.
- The Stratosphere is the tallest, free-standing, observation tower in the US and the tallest structure west of the Mississippi river.

: :   THINGS TO KNOW

Wardrobe:

If you are visiting in the summer you will want to wear light clothing as the summer temperatures can reach up to 115 degrees. If you plan on visiting the surrounding areas a good pair of comfortable shoes is necessary. If you plan on staying and gambling in the casinos depending on the casino you will want to be casual to dressy.

Smokers:

Smoking is prohibited in public areas and office buildings in the state of Nevada. Many states have banned smoking from restaurants and night clubs as well, so check before lighting up to avoid offending.

Hospitals:

St Rose Dominican Hosp-San Martin Campus
8280 West Warm Springs Road,
Las Vegas, NV, United States
+1 702-492-8000

Kindred Hospital-Las Vegas-Sahara
5110 West Sahara Avenue,
Las Vegas, NV, United States
+1 702-352-9260

Montevista Hospital
5900 West Rochelle Avenue,
Las Vegas, NV, United States
+1 702-364-1111

Valley Hospital Medical Center
620 Shadow Lane,
Las Vegas, NV, United States
+1 702-388-4000

Horizon Specialty Hospital
660 Desert Lane,
Las Vegas, NV, United States
+1 702-382-3155

Public Transportation:

RTC Transit is a public transportation system providing bus service throughout Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and other suburban areas of the valley. Intercity bus service to Las Vegas is provided by traditional intercity bus carriers, including:

Greyhound; many charter services, including Green Tortoise; and several Chinatown bus lines. Amtrak California also operates Deluxe Express Thruway Motorcoach dedicated service between the City and its passenger rail station in Bakersfield, California.

A rapid transit link in Las Vegas called the ACE Gold Line (a bus route with limited stops and frequent service) was launched in March 2010, and connects Downtown Las Vegas, the Strip, the Las Vegas Convention Center, and Town Square.Vegas Convention Center, and Town Square.

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