Best Times 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.
Spring marks a comfortable time in Las Vegas, with average high temperatures hovering in the 70s and 80s. You will need to pack a few light layers, though, as temperatures cool significantly once the sun goes down. Vegas also sees fewer visitors during these months, making it fairly easy to score a good room at a great price. You'll also find a variety of special events — from rodeos to food festivals — taking place in spring.
You'll never truly appreciate air conditioning until you visit Vegas in the summer. We doubt you'll be spending much time walking the Strip in June, July or August as daytime temperatures often climb into the triple digits. If you are in need of some fresh air, head out in the early morning or after dark when the air is cooler. Despite the unbearable heat, July and August do experience a fair amount of rainfall, but showers are often short-lived. Even with the fickle conditions, summer is a popular time to visit Vegas, especially for families. Plan on slightly higher hotel rates, not to mention limited space by the pool.
Like spring, autumn is a great time to experience Las Vegas: The summer heat begins to wane and tourist traffic dies down. Expect temperatures in the 80s and 90s in September and October; if you're visiting in November, be prepared for the onset of the winter chill with daytime highs falling into the 60s. However, visitor traffic will start to pick up again as winter nears, so if you're planning a trip in late fall, you should consider booking a few weeks in advance to ensure availability.
Cooler weather and an abundance of holiday parties makes winter an extremely popular time to visit America's Playground. You'll want to make flight and hotel reservations at least several weeks in advance, especially if you're hoping to ring in the new year Vegas-style. Although the weather is certainly warmer here than it is in other parts of the United States, Vegas can get pretty chilly around this time, with temperatures hovering anywhere between the high 30s and the low 60s.