There’s no better place on earth to come and get away from the daily grind – Las Vegas takes escape to a whole new level, offering opulent casinos, hotels, and world-class nightlife and shows that will take you away from reality for the duration of your stay.
Home to some of the world’s largest casinos and hotels, Las Vegas is much more than a place to head to the blackjack table. It’s a city that knows how to show its visitors a good time with unparalleled experiences that simply don’t exist anywhere else. The city’s main establishments, centred on a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Strip, range from the Luxor, which recreates the tombs of the pharaohs, to Paris–New York, with its reconstruction of the Louvre and Eiffel Tower. The architecture is just the start: from the dancing fountains of the Bellagio to the erupting volcano at the Mirage, Las Vegas is all about spectacle.
Speaking of spectacles, visitors to Sin City will want to make time to take in some of the many shows on offer, from live music and DJ sets at the city’s nightclubs to musicals relocated from Broadway and gravity-defying presentations by Cirque du Soleil.
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What is the best way to get around in Las Vegas?
One of the advantages of Las Vegas’s main attractions being centred around the Strip is that there is little need to use transit other than your own two feet for most attractions. Shuttles to the Strip from the airport are available, and a double-decker bus known as the Deuce runs between the Strip and Las Vegas city centre. Cabs may also be in order for destinations along the Strip, which may be deceptively far away.
When is the best time to come to Las Vegas?
Las Vegas’s largely indoor, air-conditioned attractions mean that there is never really a bad time to visit. That said, if you plan on heading to the outdoor attractions around Vegas, be aware that the desert heat can reach well above 40°C during the summer months. In addition, the summer holidays bring the tourist crowds to the city, so travelling in the shoulder season of spring or autumn will result in better deals.
What time zone is Las Vegas in?
Las Vegas is in Mountain Time (UTC-7), which is a difference of between 6 and 7 hours from the flight’s origin in Zurich – so prepare for some moderate jetlag on arrival.
What should I pack for a trip to Las Vegas?
Your Las Vegas essentials include both a light jacket and sunscreen, regardless of the time of year – that may seem counterintuitive at first, but the first time you step out into the blazing sun in February or into the full-throttle air conditioning of the casinos, you’ll understand why both are essential. Add to that a sturdy pair of walking shoes, in case your plan for the day has you walking a mile down the Strip.
See the world in Las Vegas
Can’t decide whether to take your next trip to New York, Paris, Venice or Cairo? Why not come to Las Vegas, which has all four in their gaudiest splendour? Las Vegas has found the secret to bringing the wonders of the world to its visitors in its massive hotels-cum-casinos-cum-theme parks. Most of these establishments are centred around the Strip, a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South that is home to Las Vegas’s most renowned attractions. Head to Paris Las Vegas to visit the 34-storey Hotel de Ville alongside replicas of the Louvre and Eiffel Tower. Or take in a show at Roman-themed Caesar’s Palace after riding the Big Apple roller coaster over at New York-New York. There is no shortage of such establishments, including:
- Fountains of Bellagio
- Madame Tussauds
- Circus Circus
- MGM Grand
Must-sees of Las Vegas
In addition to being spectacles in themselves, the city’s casinos also host shows and exhibits that defy belief in a way only possible in Las Vegas. Take in one of the weekly Cirque du Soleil shows or the animatronic Fall of Atlantis, which has been running in Caesar’s Palace since 1997. If pyrotechnics are your thing, see one of the nightly eruptions of the Mirage Volcano at The Mirage, or head to the Fountains of Bellagio for a fountain show set to music.
Discover the Fire National Park
If the Vegas lifestyle begins to become a bit much and you crave escape, you can get away from the bustle without losing the feeling that you’re somewhere truly unique. Valley of Fire National Park boasts desert panoramas with unique sandstone formations.
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Dine on another level in Las Vegas
Like everything else in Las Vegas, dining here can feel like a larger-than-life experience. Many hotels and several restaurants favour buffet-style dining, which can reach levels of extravagance that will keep patrons coming back – nor is quality sacrificed to quantity: some of the best restaurants in the city embrace the concept, from steakhouses to sushi and much more. For a more gourmet touch, many world-famous chefs have opened up their name-brand restaurants right on the Strip. Be forewarned: the buffet queues can get long during peak hours, and reservations are a must for the better-known establishments.
A night on the town like no other
Las Vegas is home to some of the country’s most successful nightclubs, so if you’re looking to dance the night away to world-class DJs or live performances, you’ve come to the right place. Admission prices can be steep, but know you’re getting some of the best that’s out there. Another Vegas staple is the many live productions going on at any given time. Cirque du Soleil is a clear favourite, and many Broadway shows head here for follow-up runs that can span into the years – or decades.
Take some of the Vegas charm back home
Unsurprisingly for a city that prides itself on unforgettable displays, shopping in Vegas is its own experience. The Forum shopping centre at Caesar’s Palace offers luxury shopping in a setting of Roman opulence, while the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian hold over 80 shops amidst canals, jugglers and frescoes. Shopping centres like Fashion Show – Nevada’s largest – or Crystal offer the hottest brands for those looking to make a splash on the Strip.
Zurich - San FranciscoFlight duration: 11:50 hrs total, Frequency: 6 x daily
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Boeing 777-300ERHeight: 18.50 mLength: 74 mSeats: 340
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 14
Transit San Francisco Intl Arpt (SFO)Arrival: 16:00Transit time: 1h 50m
San Francisco - Las VegasFlight duration: 01:36 hrs total, Frequency:
Arrival Las VegasDistance to city centre: 8 km