Best Times to Visit Las Vegas
The best time to visit Las Vegas is whenever you can afford to test Lady Luck. Deals are offered throughout the year, so cost is never really a factor when determining the best time to travel. However, recent travelers note that, because Vegas is a popular place to welcome in the New Year (and every other public holiday, for that matter), it tends to be crowded between Christmas and Jan. 1. Another tip on timing: hotel rates tend to drop during the week when the high rollers head back to their day jobs.
Spring marks a comfortable time in Las Vegas, with average high temperatures hovering in the 70s and low 80s. However, if you're heading out after dark, bring a jacket -- springtime lows range from the high 40s to the low 60s.
You'll never truly appreciate air conditioning until you visit Vegas in the summer. This steamy season sees temperatures soar into the 90s and 100s. If you're planning to spend some time outside, do so earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the desert air begins to cool. And make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen. July is one of the city's rainiest months, but showers are often short-lived.
While most destinations see a drop in tourism come September, Vegas keeps 'em coming. The weather is still pretty warm (average highs range from the low 80s to the low 90s), making rooftop pool parties seem even more enticing. Consider visiting during the week, since the weekend sees an influx of tired workers looking to test their luck.
The holiday season is probably the most popular time to visit Las Vegas thanks to the reputable celebrating that takes place here. But this is also the time of year that requires the most planning. If you are looking to visit any time between Christmas and New Year's, book well in advance. And although it is a desert city, Vegas can get pretty chilly around this time, with temperatures hovering anywhere between the high 30s and the low 60s.