If you want to have a truly hedonistic escape from everyday life, a holiday in Las Vegas is for you. This blazing oasis in the Nevada desert is of course famed for its giant casino-hotels. Walk down the Strip and you'll see recreations of the pyramids and the Eiffel Toweras well as the fountains of Bellagio, made famous in films like Ocean's Eleven. A taste of "old Vegas" can be had in the downtown area, while no visit would be complete without taking in one of the shows from the likes of Cirque du Soleil and Penn and Teller.
Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and flythomascook charter offer direct flights to Las Vegas from Manchester, London Heathrow and London Gatwick, with an average journey time of around 10 and a half hours. Carriers such as Air France and KLM also offer indirect flights from a wider selection of UK airports, including Glasgow International and Birmingham. These flights can also be slightly cheaper than the direct option.
The gateway to your Las Vegas holiday will be McCarran International Airport, which is situated around eight kilometres from Las Vegas itself. Taxis, buses and shuttle services can take you from the airport to your hotel. During your Las Vegas you'll be doing a lot of walking, as many of the biggest attractions, such as the casinos, are clustered together. However, there is also a monorail system, which gives great views of the city even if it is on the slow side. Buses offer a cheap and convenient way of getting around, as do taxis. However, traffic can become extremely congested, so it may often be easier to walk than get a cab. For this reason, car rental in Las Vegas isn't really necessary if you're sticking to the main sightseeing hotspots.
Hotels in Las Vegas are of course plentifulafter all, this is the entertainment capital of America. While the bigger, more lavish casino-hotels of the Strip can be pricey, you can spend less if you head for the downtown district, or some of the more suburban parts of the city. Another great tip is to avoid visiting Vegas during the weekend, as that's when the rest of America pours in for a few days of gambling and partying. If you ensure you visit during the week, you stand to make huge savings on accommodation.
You can eat very well in Vegas, even if you're on a budget. The city brims with buffet restaurants which offer all-you-can-eat deals. Lunchtime's particularly good for cheap eats. Again, head away from the tourist-thronged strip to find food that's value for money.
Updated 22nd May 2013
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