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Romantic Guide to Las Vegas

Travel Details for Las Vegas

Population: 478,434, Metropolitan Population: 1,563,282.

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone.

Weather: Las Vegas is in the desert, and that can mean very hot temperatures. In June, July and August, expect temperatures above 100 F. May and September can produce highs of 90+ F. The desert also means great changes in temperature. The temperature can drop nearly 30 degrees from daytime highs to nighttime lows, especially in winter. And, of course, the desert creates low humidity, bright sun and hardly any rain (annual rainfall averages 4 inches). For about two weeks in July or August, there can be slightly higher humidity and thunderstorms. Winters are mild (January temperatures are 33-56 F. If snow falls at all, it usually melts soon after it touches the ground.

Getting There: McCarran International Airport (LAS) is just east of the southern end of the Strip. Shuttles and taxis are available at the airport. Citizens Area Transit (CAT) buses provide service to and from the airport, but if you're headed for the Strip, you'll have to transfer buses (difficult if you have luggage). Major car rental agencies have booths adjacent to the luggage claim.

Getting Around: If you're confining your visit to the Strip and downtown, you won't need a car, and you will probably be better off without one. Traffic is congested along the Strip itself: Those who have to drive should quickly learn to use parallel streets to go north and south. Most Strip and downtown hotels offer free self-parking or valet parking, and both are available even if you're not staying at the hotel. Downtown hotels may require validation for free self-parking. Valet parking is always free, but a tip is expected. The municipal, county and Fremont Street Experience parking garages are also available downtown. The Convention Center has a visitor parking area just one block off the Strip. The Strip Trolley is perhaps the most useful means of public transit for visitors. The trolleys operate between the Stratosphere (north) and Mandalay Bay (south) and stops at major properties along Las Vegas Boulevard. In addition, several of the major hotel casinos are connected by tram or another form of transit, but these are limited systems that operate only between select properties (Bally's and MGM Grand, for instance). The Fremont Street Downtown Neighborhood Trolley serves downtown. Citizens Area Transit (CAT) buses run throughout the city.

Visit the Las Vegas Tourism for more information on travel to Las Vegas.


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