Las Vegas Travel Guide: Hotels, Casinos, Shows, Restaurants, and Shops

This is the ultimate travel guide to Las Vegas. If you are looking to have a great time in the entertainment capital of the world in summer 2018, this free travel guide is all you need. We provide you with expert advice on hotels, casinos, shows, restaurants, and shops in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Travel Guide

General Information of Las Vegas

Las Vegas may be one of the greatest places about America. It is easy to get to, get around and boy is there a lot to see. From casinos, to luxury hotels, to restaurants, to shows, to street performers, to shops – Las Vegas has it all. There are lots of great things to do outside of Las Vegas, such as the Hoover Dam, but let us focus on the gem itself.

Las Vegas means the meadows in Spanish. The name was given to the area by Rafael Rivera who was traveling from New Mexico to Los Angeles with the Antonio Armijo trading party in 1821. The urbanization of Las Vegas started in the early 20th century. Many farmers and workers were attracted to the area by Los Angeles Salt Lake Railroad. The city of Las Vegas was incorporated in 1911. The construction of Hoover Dam, formerly Boulder Dam, also brought a large number of workers to the city in 1930s. Believe it or not, the casinos in Las Vegas were initially built for the workers mostly by the Mafia. The arrival of Howard Hughes in the 1960s turned Las Vegas into a city featuring large-scale attractions.

Las Vegas Airport

The McCarran International Airport is on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. You can rent a car, hire a cab or take a shuttle from the airport to the Strip. Airport personnel are available by bag claim to answer any questions and help you get on your way.

Las Vegas Hotels

There is a variety of places you can stay in Vegas: on the Strip, off the Strip, budget hotels, luxury hotels, casino hotels, hotels beside casinos but not attached to them….The list is never-ending. If you are on a family holiday, check out which casinos are hosting child-friendly shows. These casinos usually have other attractions for your children in addition to the shows. It also helps to stay in the casino in which you have a lot of attractions planned to reduce the time and money spent traveling up and down the Strip. If you are on vacation with your significant other, look into staying at a hotel on the Strip that is not directly attached to a casino. These hotels tend to be nicer, quieter and with very little foot traffic from non-guests.

Las Vegas Strip Hotels

Here is a complete list of hotels on the Las Vegas Strip:

  • Flamingo Las Vegas
  • SLS
  • Tropicana
  • The Linq
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Caesars Palace
  • Circus Circus
  • Bally’s
  • Best Western Plus Casino Royale
  • The Cromwell
  • Stratosphere
  • The Mirage
  • Excalibur
  • Luxor
  • Treasure Island
  • MGM Grand
  • Park MGM
  • New York – New York
  • Bellagio
  • Mandalay Bay
  • The Venetian
  • Paris
  • Delano
  • Wynn
  • The Palazzo
  • Encore
  • CityCenter
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Resorts World
  • The Drew

You can also read our detailed review of Las Vegas Strip hotels for more information.

Las Vegas Strip Hotel Map

Here is a very large map of Las Vegas Strip Hotels. This map is for illustrative purposes only. The names of Las Vegas Strip hotels are in pink color on the map below.

Las Vegas Strip hotel map

Downtown Las Vegas Hotel Map

Here is a map of Downtown Las Vegas Hotels. The names of Downtown Las Vegas Hotels are in pink color on the map. Fremont Street Experience is located in downtown Las Vegas.

downtown Las Vegas hotel map

Las Vegas Hotels Near Airport

Here is a list of Las Vegas hotels near McCarran International Airport.

  • Mandalay Bay
  • Luxor Hotel & Casino
  • Excalibur Hotel & Casino
  • Tropicana Las Vegas
  • Desert Rose Resort
  • New York-New York Hotel & Casino
  • MGM Grand
  • Park MGM Las Vegas
  • The Signature at MGM Grand
  • Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
  • ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
  • Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations
  • Vdara Hotel & Spa
  • Marriott’s Grand Chateau
  • Wyndham Grand Desert
  • Alexis Park All Suite Resort
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Car Hire in Las Vegas

While it is easy to get around Vegas without hiring a car, it is also easy to hire one. If it is very hot outside, you are traveling a distance, or dressed to the nines, hiring a car is a good option. All casinos have a cab stand open 24 hours outside of their hotel registration area. Even if you are not staying there or even gambling there, the attendant will call a cab for you. Usually, there is a line of cabs just waiting to whisk you away – no waiting required! If you are too far from a cab stand, you can always call one from the street. However, going to a cab stand is the safest and easiest way to get one.

Things to Do in Las Vegas

What is there you can’t do in Vegas? You can gamble. You can go see shows, from kid-friendly to risqué. You can shop for outlet mall bargain dresses to unique watches. You can gorge yourself on cheap buffets or sample fancy tapas menus.

Here are the top 3 shows in Las Vegas:

  • Ka Show
  • O Show
  • Le Reve Show

What to Wear in Las Vegas

Anything goes in Vegas. The important thing is to dress for the weather, and being as it is in the desert, the temperatures can swing! Dressing in layers is highly recommended, as even when it is hot outside, the casinos will be ice cold. Comfortable clothing is also recommended because even if you take cabs everywhere you go, you will be doing a lot of walking inside of the casinos. Remember, the most important thing is to have the time of your life!

The City of Las Vegas

Here is the link to the official website of the City of Las Vegas.

Updated: August 19, 2018