Best Reasons to Visit Las Vegas – Including the CES Show

If you love gadgets, consider heading to CES (Consumer Electronics Show), the annual international gizmo extravaganza in Las Vegas. The 2015 event runs Jan. 6-9 spread over several locations.

Although CES is not open to the general public, you can attend if you are 1.) a journalist or 2.) can prove that you have some affiliation with the consumer electronics industry. Show-goers tell us CES nevertheless brings a lot of excitement to Vegas, and folks flock to town as they do during New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl weekend.

The good news is, Las Vegas has other enticements.

LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney knows all about those ‘other enticements.’

6 Reasons to Go to Vegas in January

1. CES

This is the show that mostly likely introduced most of us to the VCR (1970), HDTV (1998), the Xbox (2001), Blu-Ray DVD (2003), 3D HDTV (2009), and on and on. More info on CES here.

2. Casinos

Yes, there is gambling in Las Vegas. In fact, there is gambling pretty much everywhere up to and including the airport, but iconic Vegas gaming resides in the huge hotel-casinos of the Strip. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see a pirate ship (Treasure Island), the Eiffel Tower (Paris) or a sphinx (Luxor). More info here.

3. Golf

If you like golf, you’ll feel right at home here. We count more than 50 courses (give or take) in the greater Las Vegas area alone and you can see many of them here.

4. Great Outdoors

There is gorgeous desert scenery all over southern Nevada, with plenty of opportunities for hiking and sight-seeing. Don’t miss the ruggedly beautiful scenery of nearby Red Rock Canyon or the Valley of Fire Scenic Byway.

 5. Food and Drink

No shortage of alcoholic beverages in Las Vegas (no kidding!), but these days, excellent restaurants are putting the town on the culinary map. Old-style buffets remain, but foodies rave about the wonderful dishes at hotel dining spots and you’ll find some great examples at the Bellagio, Venetian, Caesars Palace and more. There are also numerous stand-alone eateries, family chains and one-of-a-kind burger joints. Learn more here or at the city’s official visitors site or consult your favorite food blog.

6. Flying to Vegas can be  cheap

Whether you’re flying from another city in the U.S. or coming in on an international flight, McCarran International in Las Vegas (airport code LAS) has lots of competition which generally keeps fares from getting too expensive. The city is served by most U.S. carriers as well as Aeromexico, Air Canada, British Airways, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, WestJet and many others. Find the cheapest fares available here.

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Updated: January 6, 2015