What is the Best Time of the Year to Visit Las Vegas?

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We all seem to be stuck in an endless holiday-planning quagmire because of the ongoing pandemic travel restrictions.  However, the lull in voyaging is a perfect time to start planning your next visit to Las Vegas when the situation permits it again.   

With little to no holiday travel currently taking place due to the unending COVID-19 pandemic, we all look forward with much anticipation to the gradual reopening of major holiday destinations.  For those who can’t wait to pack their travel bags again, laying out the blueprint for your next holiday can be motivational enough.

And what better place to recommence your travelling than Las Vegas.  Be it winter or summer, it’s never a bad time to swing by Sin City.  Whether you prefer the blistering desert sunshine in August or a Christmas-inspired winter wonderland, there is something for everyone’s taste.

So, no matter what time of the year you decide to head down south, here is what you can expect in terms of travelling, weather, and things to do and see:

Budget Flights

Since Las Vegas’s economy relies primarily on tourism, budget fares to McCarran International Airport tend to be available all year round. Airlines have been known to offer return tickets for less than US$30 from within the United States while booking sites offer inexpensive flight deals from Canada during the low season.

The cheapest time to fly to Las Vegas is in summer, but if you prefer to go when the weather is somewhat cooler, aim for September to November or January to April periods to secure a good value flight deal. 

Affordable Accommodation

Summer is the best time to book your accommodation since you’ll find ample cut-price penthouses, suites, and hotel rooms. However, as mentioned, if you don’t wish to sweat profusely during your trip, it’s far better to visit around January-April and September-November. If you plan to book your stay at the beginning of the year, it’s best to avoid the spring break period and times when significant sporting events occur. 

Skip the Crowds

You might expect that Vegas is packed in summer, but that’s probably one of the best times to go since the city doesn’t see as many visitors. This is because the weather reaches scorching temperatures, which is a downer for those who can’t handle the intense heat that well. 

Fortunately, there are good places to get shade, along with enclosed and air-conditioned attractions where the heat won’t bother you. You can also anticipate shorter lines at the buffet tables, and you won’t have to deal with large, crowded areas. 

Visiting With Family

Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving are great times to visit Las Vegas if you have kids or prefer smaller crowds. Most people usually spend time with their family or relatives during these periods, so it’s an excellent opportunity to take advantage of significant discounts on offer and soak in the festivities.

Easter is an especially fitting time to visit venues like the Eiffel Tower Restaurant or Mandalay Bay for their traditional Easter brunches. You’ll also find special Thanksgiving menus in restaurants across the city, as well as early Black Friday deals at all the shopping malls.

Performances and Concerts

Big-name shows and concerts are held throughout the year, but June is specifically known to feature top bands and artists. There is also a jampacked schedule of other superb performances during the summer months, including The Rat Pack, Cirque du Soleil, the Beatleshow, and Mindfreak at Planet Hollywood.

Additionally, between June and July, the well-known World Series of Poker event takes place. If you’ve got US$10,000 to spare for the buy-in, there’s US$10 million up for grabs as prize money!

There really isn’t a bad time to visit Vegas because the city is continually adapting to the yearly seasons and the visitors it welcomes throughout the year. Summer is by far the best time to go if you wish to avoid the droves of other tourists and take advantage of cheap accommodation — just remember to pack your shades and gallons of suntan lotion!

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