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Las Vegas Travel Guide

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Sin City, America's Playground, the Entertainment Capital of the World ... all worthy names for this Nevada hotspot. Think of Vegas as a theme park rather than a city — it can awe as much as it can overwhelm, and that's part of the appeal. This is a city where inhibitions are not welcome: Every night, Las Vegas draws pleasuremongers to the brightly lit Strip like moths to a flame. While you may not want ... continue»

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When to Visit Las Vegas

The best times to visit Las Vegas are from March to May and from September to November, although consistently pleasant weather and worthwhile travel deals are easy to find at any time of year. During the spring and fall shoulder seasons, the weather is warm enough to shirk heavier layers yet cool enough to walk around without overheating. During the summer, Vegas is comparable to an oven with temperatures often exceeding 100 degrees. As a result, America's Playground tends to see a higher influx of tourists between December and February with New Year's Eve being an especially popular time to visit. No matter when you decide to go to Vegas, try to plan a mid-week trip — because this is a common weekend getaway destination, you'll find more rooms available for lower rates between Tuesday and Thursday.

Also, Las Vegas hosts hundreds of conventions every year, which can cause room rates to rise at any time. Before setting travel dates, check the Las Vegas Tourism Board's convention schedule to find out which hotels are hosting what and when — this will help you to secure a better deal at your choice hotel.

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Getting Around Las Vegas

The best way to get around Las Vegas is by bus or by taxi. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) operates 42 routes around the greater Las Vegas Valley, providing easy, affordable transportation along the Strip and to other areas in and around Sin City. There are also bus routes operating 24 hours a day along the Strip and in the downtown area. And you won't find any shortage of cabs should you wish to move around on your own schedule. If you're based along the Strip, the Monorail provides fast transportation to many of the casinos along the northern part of Las Vegas Boulevard. And if you prefer to walk, you won't have an issue finding the way to most of Vegas' top to-dos, though you should arm yourself with plenty of sunscreen and water to avoid heat stroke.

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