Las Vegas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the USA. The city’s unique culture of giant gaudy casino hotels and over the top gala entertainment has made Las Vegas into an essential experience for anybody looking to visit in the United States. Las Vegas’ situation in the dead centre of the inhospitable Nevada Desert means that how to travel in and around the city an important decision.
The Nevada Desert in New Mexico is extremely hot, summer temperatures can reach heights of up to 110˚F. This means the best time of year to visit generally around spring and autumn months when the temperature is most mild. Taking into account the high temperature as well as the length of the journey to Las Vegas through the desert should also be considered when travelling.
Getting to Las Vegas there are three main options; car, bus and airplane. There is a train but that only runs to Needles, another 113 miles away from Las Vegas. Many people visit Las Vegas in hire cars or on the cheaper buses. The journey is long however, Las Vegas is nearly 300 miles away from nearby California, and largely dominated by empty desert. On weekends the huge crowds driving on trips to Las Vegas can also make the highway a congested and stressful affair, due to the extreme heat it is also essential to make sure your car or bus has air conditioning.
Flying in can be the most comfortable option. McCarran International Airport is situated centrally and many hotels run their own shuttle services taking customers straight to their front doors. McCarran mostly takes domestic flights, meaning international visitors will probably have to stop off somewhere on the way. Flying is however comfortable and reasonably priced.
The downside of flying is that travellers need to sort out transport within the city. Las Vegas is very large and those temperatures make walking around town impractical in the day. The city monorail, rental cars or hiring taxis are almost essential for getting about Las Vegas.
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