Las Vegas Travel Review

Visit Las Vegas

Back in the “olden days” (the 1940’s and 1950’s), Las Vegas really earned the title, “Sin City” – the Strip was a playground for grownups only. Fast-forward to the early 90’s, and there were some complaints that the town was becoming a “Disney of the Desert”.

Today, of course, Vegas is for everyone: serious gamblers, family vacationers, and 20-something hipsters who want to see and be seen – which explains why for past two decades, Las Vegas has ranked among the top travel destinations in the country.

Flights to Las Vegas

Getting to Las Vegas is no problem; neither is finding cheap flights to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS): One of the nicest things about Vegas’ McCarran is that it is literally just minutes away from the Vegas Strip. Thanks to the gaming mecca’s increasing popularity, Vegas’ airport is now the 8th busiest in the U.S., and ranks as the 20th busiest worldwide. The city is served by numerous domestic and international carriers, plus low cost carriers like Southwest, JetBlue and Frontier.

Attractions in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a lot more than slot machines and gaming tables; take a look at these favorites and check the links that follow for more ideas.

Golfing – There are scores of beautifully manicured golf course throughout Las Vegas making it a professional’s and duffer’s delight (hint: the busiest tee times are Fridays through Sundays, so try to book midweek).

Fremont Street Experience – An amazing sound and light show that often includes concerts and special events, and it’s all free. Tip: be sure to drop by the Neon Museum.

Spas and Pampering – Most of the large hotels boast spas offering everything from manicures to massage plus saunas, whirlpools and those soothing heated stones that make your back feel so good.

Liberace Museum – Even if you weren’t a fan, you’ll enjoy the late celebrity piano player’s sequined costumes, exotic auto collection (including a Rolls Royce encrusted with mirrored tiles), and all those pianos; stop by the gift shop for candelabra earrings.

Shopping and Restaurants in Las Vegas

Dining: Hungry? Vegas has got you covered 24/7 whether it’s all-you-can-eat buffets or internationally acclaimed French, Italian and Japanese cuisine that add to the city’s increasing reputation as a foodie’s paradise.

Shopping: Designer boutiques? Check. Outlet malls? Check. Fabulous diamonds? Check. Tacky souvenirs featuring aces and dice? You better believe it.

Smart Tip

There are plenty of free attractions in Las Vegas, right outside some of the larger hotels; see the nightly pirate battle outside Treasure Island or the beautiful fountain display at the Bellagio.

More Information on Las Vegas

Check these sites to find out more about the city’s most popular indoor sport – gambling – plus nearby recreation activities and shopping dining, and wedding chapel directories.

Visit Las VegasThe official site of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has it all, from attractions, hotels and a list of shows. Book rooms here, and find deals here.

Vegas.comGreat guide to deals on hotel rooms and more.

Go VegasThe About.com travel guide to Vegas is where you’ll find ten reasons to love the city (“Belgian waffles and fries at 3am”).

Las Vegas Golf – Where to golf, and where to get the best deals for golfers.

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Published: August 27, 2010