Nonstop action makes a Las Vegas vacation a 24-hour-a-day proposition. Vegas delivers the world, or at least a neon-lassoed version of reality, to its tens of millions of yearly visitors.
No other city offers a rollercoaster ride across the New York skyline, high-stakes blackjack, a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, a sexy pirate show, tigers, and all-you-can-eat Kobe beef in a single day. Las Vegas hotels competing for visitors are in a constant battle to outdo one another with bigger shows, swankier bars, and the most memorable surroundings.
The Las Vegas Strip is the heart of the action, but there's also plenty to do and see elsewhere. East of the Strip, the Convention Center is nearly always hopping with a steady stream of conventioneers looking to work and play. And, downtown Las Vegas, long the center of tourism, is now primarily known for its more affordable accommodations, friendly slots, and the Fremont Street Experience, with its shopping, entertainment, and light shows. The nearby suburbs of Green Valley, Lake Las Vegas, and Summerlin offer lower-key (and often more affordable) chances to gamble, shop, relax, and indulge in some spa time.
If nonstop neon isn't your thing, don't forget about the world beyond the casino walls. The Las Vegas area is home to impressive feats of engineering and great natural beauty. Hoover Dam is a short drive away, and Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park are just a few of the rugged landscapes that offer an outdoorsy respite from the glitz of Vegas. You can even book a helicopter day tour to visit the Grand Canyon.
Flights to Las Vegas should be easy to find, since most airlines offer service from a myriad of departure cities. So much service means that rates stay competitive and Vegas airfare sales are common, though prices do rise in times of high demand.