Las Vegas, in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, is a resort town famed for its buzzing energy, 24-hour casinos and endless entertainment options.
Its focal point is the Strip, just over 4 miles long and lined with elaborate theme hotels such as the pyramid-shaped Luxor and the Venetian, complete with Grand Canal; luxury resorts including the Bellagio, set behind iconic dancing fountains; and innumerable casinos.
Dressing for comfort
Yes, Las Vegas is in the desert. And, yes, the temperature can top 115 degrees in the summer. Ironically, even though you’ll want to wear as little as possible — like shorts, tank tops and sundresses — in the scorching heat, especially when you’re walking down the Strip or Fremont Street, be warned that when you enter a casino, you’ll likely freeze. You’d think there would be a happy medium, but for some reason, casinos tend to keep the thermostat at what feels like a shocking 60 degrees. So it’s a good idea to have a light sweater or jacket with you to put on when you go inside. And, if you happen to be visiting Las Vegas in the winter (usually from Halloween to Valentine’s Day), don’t be fooled. A jacket is definitely recommended, especially if the wind is blowing. We know our blood is probably thin from living here, and we may not get blizzards, but consider this your warning — it’s a lot colder here than you’d think. In terms of shoes, there are certain places where fashion is more important than comfort — like Tao, Marquee or Hakkasan nightclubs. However, when you’re hoofing it around during daylight hours, casino hopping, shopping or standing in line at an attraction, wear your tennis shoes or Birkenstocks.
Open 24 hours
It’s easy to become spoiled by living in Las Vegas since most businesses stay open late or even 24 hours. It’s a shock when we travel and can’t get dinner past 9 p.m. or when we see gas stations and grocery stores that actually close. So, while you’re here, eat when you want or pick up convenience items at 3 a.m. — just because you can! If you’re looking to wind down after a show, an especially wonderful spot to hang out and grab a cocktail or dessert is the Peppermill. The lounge and coffee shop are open 24 hours a day and have that Old Vegas feel. Every major resort on the Strip and in downtown will also have cafes and bars that are open around the clock.
If you love to people-watch, there are plenty of wonderful spots to go in Las Vegas. When you’re at The Forum Shops at Caesars, request patio dining at Spago or The Cheesecake Factory. It doesn’t matter whether you’re eating lunch or dinner, people will flock to the fountains located in front of both venues. And here are some other restaurants and bars with great patios that feature incomparable views of tourists strolling down the Strip: Mon Ami Gabi and Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas, Cabo Wabo Cantina and PBR Rock Bar and Grill at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Rhumbar at The Mirage and even Fatburger across from City Center.