Few destinations can match the unbridled hedonism of Las Vegas. Nevada’s pulsating desert city, a tangle of neon-lit casinos and roaring freeways, is one of the most unforgettable places on Earth. If you get it right, a weekend in this town can be the trip of a lifetime. If you don’t, Vegas can easily overwhelm and disappoint – not to mention empty your wallet. Here are our tips for making the most of the city.
The city’s hotels run the gamut from slightly seedy to ridiculously extravagant, with a bewildering array of deals to draw you in. At the upper end of the scale, lavish mega-casinos such as the Venetian and Bellagio spoil you rotten with luxury facilities, shops and restaurants. More affordable are lovably kitsch stalwarts including Luxor and New York–New York, as well as modern casinos such as the Linq, where chic rooms make up for a lack of big-name attractions.
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Fremont Street is one of the best places to head for a full day out. Comprising four covered blocks, this redeveloped corner of Downtown houses some pleasingly gritty casinos and an awesome indoor zipline, Slotzilla.
Daily tours run to Red Rock Canyon, the Hoover Dam, Valley of the Fire and the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West. If you’ve got a night or two to spare, you can reach the more remote Grand Canyon South Rim, glorious Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon’s fascinating hoodoos.