Las Vegas is located in Mojave Desert in Nevada State. We have spent only 3 days there in winter (December) after returning from Hawaii. Nevertheless, we had enough time to visit many of the most famous hotels and the surrounding areas of desert.
Las Vegas / Nevada State / USA
DURATION & MONTH
3 days in December
Airline tickets to the USA → momondo.com – flight from Honolulu where we have previously spent 1 week
Car rental → Budget
Itinerary in Las Vegas
For more details about the days spent in Las Vegas, you can check out each of the 3 articles:
Las Vegas history
Las Vegas or Sin City was settled in 1905 when a railroad was open to link Los Angeles (California) and Salt Lake City (Utah). Initially it was only an attraction for some farmers from Utah. City’s urbanization has begun in 1931 when work started for the Boulder Dam (currently known as Hoover Dam). Many theaters and casinos were built to entertain the dam construction male workers. When the dam was ready, the power supply provided by it allowed the construction of many hotels along the Strip. In the same year, 1931, after figuring out that gambling is very profitable for the local business, Nevada state legalized it at local level. It was the beginning of Las Vegas becoming the gaming capital of the world.
Fremont Street was the most representative place of Las Vegas at that time. It was the first paved street and it received the first traffic light from the city. As Las Vegas Strip depicts nowadays the glittery lights of the city, same did Fremont Street at that moment. Today Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps, famous for its vibrant nightlife. The main attractions are found on the Strip. Some of the themed hotels are MGM Grand, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Venetian, Wynn, etc.
During our vacation we have tried to visit as many hotels as possible because we were curious how the Christmas decor looked like. As we are not into gambling, we have preferred to spend the rest of the time in the nature admiring the desert landscapes. It was a relief after all that noise and agitation from the resorts. There are some incredible natural areas close to Las Vegas. It took us about 1 hour to get there by car. The classic desert scenery is like that one that appears in Hollywood westerns. Their rock formations are spectacular and allow the tourists to spend a relaxing half a day cycling or hiking in the area.
Here are some impressions after the 3 days spent in Las Vegas:
The trip duration was neither short, nor long. For us it may become tiring to spend more than some couple of days in Las Vegas because of the continuous noise and agitation. In that case is was like an energy boost after the week spent in the remote natural areas of Hawaii.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
December was the best time to visit the city due to the mild weather and the Christmas decorations. The weather was very pleasant (15°C=59°F during daytime) and during week time the city was not crowded at well. Most of the tourists came in the weekend right before the Christmas. In summer it is extremely hot and almost impossible to walk long distances on the Strip during daytime.
Plaza Hotel is next to Fremont Street, but you need a car to get to the Strip.
Las Vegas is always a good destination for entertainment. The possibilities of having fun are endless.
It was surprising to see slot machines even in the airport and at the car rental office.
USA has one of the most amazing landscapes. We never get bored to visit its nature and it always surprises us with something new and spectacular (in this case I am speaking about the Valley of Fire).
Whole Foods Market, a chain that is very popular for its organic selections, was the best option for buying our meals. It has a huge variety of healthy and fresh food and juices.
We have paid a lot of unexpected state taxes after returning the rented car (it had nothing to do with the car rental company).
We have spent more money on food than on anything else, but we have avoided the junk food. Moreover, we have drunk daily fresh juices which are more expensive than the carbonated drinks so famous in the USA.
In conclusion, Las Vegas is a special destination that has lots of things to offer to its tourists. The easiest way to visit the resorts from the Strip is by walking, but for shopping or for seeing the desert natural landscapes you need a car. We advise you to reserve at least 3 days to have enough time to explore the city and its surroundings.
Now let’s enjoy the collection of photos that we captured during our visit there ♥
Las Vegas Strip
Wynn Hotel & Casino
Encore Hotel & Casino
Bellagio Hotel & Casino
Downtown Las Vegas Fremont Street
Valley of Fire State Park
Red Rock Canyon
Sunset near Las Vegas
Keep on reading IDR’s articles to discover the glamorous Las Vegas and many other incredible places on this Earth.
Additional sources: [wikipedia.org]