You’ve spent what seems like countless hours in front of the mirror practicing your poker face. You know when to fold a good hand, and you’re not afraid to go all-in when the timing is right. You’re ready to throw your ante in and start playing cards. A meeting with Lady Luck might be the main reason you buy airfare to Las Vegas, but you don't have to set foot inside a casino to enjoy many Las Vegas vacation packages. This famous gambling mecca has increasingly positioned itself as a vacation destination the whole family can enjoy. Take advantage of one of the many Las Vegas flight deals and bring the kids to Adventuredome, America's largest indoor theme park, or to the Big Apple Coaster at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. If you're an active adventurer, you can get a different perspective of The Strip from a hot-air balloon, go for a white-knuckle spin in an American muscle car, or give yourself a dirt moustache off-roading in the desert. Are urban experiences more your speed? Catch spectacular shows at many hotels, shop at the elite boutiques of Via Bellagio, or sample world cuisines at celebrity-chef restaurants. Flights to Las Vegas land at McCarran International (LAS), which offers you an early taste of gaming thrills with on-site slot machines.
Transportation from LAS
Since McCarran International is only 3 miles from downtown, nearly all city accommodations qualify as Las Vegas airport hotels. But after disembarking from your cheap Las Vegas flights, you'll still want to get to your room quickly so you can enjoy the glamour of The Strip. Both Terminals 1 and 3 generally have the same transportation options. If you booked cheap airfare to Las Vegas, continue the money-savings with a public bus. For more direct service, try a group shuttle, or even greater convenience via the city's 10 taxi companies. The number of passengers per vehicle maxes out at five, including kids and babies. And rides to and from the airport get a small surcharge. If the cheapest flights to Las Vegas aren’t a factor, limousine service may be more your style. Book a stylish ride in advance and your driver will meet you at baggage claim and help you with your luggage.
Hotels Near LAS
As your Las Vegas flight descends, you’ll be welcomed by the neon beacons of the casinos, calling you to play. You’ll probably want to hit the gaming floor as soon as possible. If that’s the case, we recommend the following hotels near the airport:
- MGM Grand Hotel & Casino: Experience art deco at its “grandest” at the largest stand-alone hotel in the United States. With over 5,000 guestrooms and the largest Las Vegas casino floor, there is more than enough room to stay and play.
- Bellagio: While it’s easy to be mesmerized by the dancing fountains in the 8-acre lake in front, you’ll be just as impressed by the opulent interior, complete with the 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers hanging from the lobby ceiling. After you’ve picked your jaw up from the floor, head over to the most serious poker room on the planet.
- The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino: Looking for the utmost in lavish Las Vegas luxury? You won’t find a more extravagant property than the Venetian. From a built-in gondola canal to a Guggenheim Hermitage museum, it’s no surprise that this place attracts A-list celebrities like a retiree to a hot slots machine.
- Excalibur Hotel Casino – Feeling medieval? Live it up like King Arthur and Queen Guinevere in this upscale theme resort. With over 4,000 rooms, you’ll have no trouble finding a comfortable bed in this modern castle.
Things to Do Near LAS
Chances are you are buying plane tickets to Las Vegas to play some games of chance. Before you hit the casino floor, take in a show, or high-tail it to the all-you-can-eat shrimp cocktail buffet, you might want to spend a little bit of time away from the glitz, glamour, and gambling. Here are some of our favorite things to do near the airport:
- Hit the links: Get in a quick round of golf at one of the nearby courses. Bali Hai Golf Club is literally right at the end of the runway. And Las Vegas National Golf Course, Las Vegas Country Club, and the Wynn Gold Club are all less than 3 miles away.
- Hoover Dam: The short half-hour drive to Hoover Dam is the only thing small about this popular tourist attraction. Marvel at the monumental concrete monolith, and maybe learn a thing or two about hydroelectricity.
- Lake Mead: After you’ve toured Hoover Dam, take a dip in the body of water it helped to create. If you don’t feel like swimming, you can always rent a Jet Ski, take a boat ride, drop a fishing line in the waters, or simply soak up the sun.
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