Las Vegas, a luxurious oasis in the Mojave Desert, is not just any resort city. Vegas ranks as one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations year in and year out. An internationally renowned vacation hotpot, Vegas is also a premier destination for business conventions and boasts more AAA Five Diamond hotels than any other city on earth. Travelers come to enjoy the neon nightlife, fine dining, world-class entertainment, and casinos that have made Las Vegas an icon in literature and film for a century.
If you’re embarking on a private flight into the Mojave desert, get ready with these quick travel tips:
Private Airports Near Las Vegas
You have several great options for private airports near Las Vegas. For a desert, Clark County has a surprising number of airports.
- McCarran International Airport (LAS): Soon to be renamed Harry Reid International Airport, McCarran is the largest option for the metropolitan area of Las Vegas, situated only five miles from the Las Vegas downtown.
- Boulder City Municipal Airport (BLD): This domestic airport is 26 miles from Las Vegas, but might be a good option if it’s closer to your accommodations or local destination.
- North Las Vegas Airport (VGT): This airport is known as Northtown to locals and is only 3 miles northwest of downtown Vegas.
- Henderson Executive Airport (HSH): Originally called “Sky Harbor Airport,” Henderson was renamed in ‘96 when the Clark County Commision bought it as a reliever airport for McCarran. It’s 13 miles south of Vegas.
The Best Things To Do in Las Vegas
Anyone traveling to Las Vegas should take some time to plan excursions and evening events, prioritizing where you would like to go. Although there are so many options available, things do get booked up. Here are a few of the most quintessential things to do during your trip to Las Vegas.
- Walk the Strip: This is the one “can’t miss” attraction in Vegas. The Strip runs from Mandalay Bay (south side) to the Stratosphere casino (north end), and features some of the most iconic casinos and hotels in the world (MGM Grand, Venetian, Luxor). Walk it at night and enjoy the famous neon lights. Don’t forget to check out the High Roller Observation Wheel, the tallest in the world (yes, bigger than the London Eye).
- Cool Off at Mandalay Bay: The 1.6 million gallon wave pool, lazy rivers, and pristine man-made beach will whisk you to a coastal getaway right in the Mojave desert—a welcome reprieve from the heat.
- Tour Paris, Vegas-Style: The ever-popular whirlwind tour of Las Vegas’ own take on the City of Lights is a sight to behold. You’ll see French capital decor in the style of the Louvre and Paris Opera, a replica of the Arc de Triomphe, and a half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower itself (with a 360-degree observation deck!).
Top Restaurants in Las Vegas
There are plenty of places to eat in Las Vegas, both inexpensively and expensively. Explore where locals dine. Family owned, and off the strip locations tend to be less expensive. If you’re a foodie ready to indulge, below are a few of the best restaurants in Vegas:
- Osteria Fiorella: This fine Italian restaurant is a recent addition that serves up rustic fare at Red Rock Resort (in the space formerly used by Terra Rossa). The menu is highlighted by rich, classic masterpieces like rigatoni with Fiorella sausage ragu and Locatelli cheese, ricotta gnocchi with brown butter and crispy leeks, and even a veal chop Milanese and fried squid with agrodolce.
- Bazaar Meat by José Andrés: You can’t get a more quintessential carnivorous venue than a fire stage with wood grills, rotisseries, and a whole-roasted sucking pig. This steakhouse goes above and beyond your basic steak, with dishes including real Kobe beef, a raw bar with ceviche and carpaccio, and à la carte desserts.
- Tacos El Gordo: The lines speak to the incredible popularity of the three Las Vegas locations of Tacos El Gordo, where you queue up your order based on the kind of meat in the taco. We highly recommend the Tijuana tacos with handmade corn tortillas. Order online to avoid the lines!
Best Time For Traveling to Las Vegas
Las Vegas is popular year-round, so there isn’t a traditional “off-season” where travel is cheaper and crowds are small. It’s important to plan your trip in advance for the best rates and fly on days with lower demand for flights (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays). Holidays—especially New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, and Super Bowl Sunday—attract large crowds traveling to Las Vegas.
If weather is your concern, the stretches of March to May and September to November are more moderate than the sweltering summers that regularly top 100 degrees. It’s dry heat though and traveling to Las Vegas is always packed with excitement.
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