Travel > Las Vegas Information
By Geoff Dempsey
Las Vegas proudly presents performances by some of the most famous
singers and comics in show business, as well as lavish showroom
productions featuring statuesque showgirls surrounded by stunning
sets and incredible special effects. Backed by some of the world’s
finest musicians and stage technicians, these are world class productions.
Reservations for most shows can be made in Las Vegas by phoning
or visiting the showroom reservation offices. Or for reserved seating,
you can call Allstate Ticketing at 1-888-217-9564.
An average of 310 sunny days allows for year-round use of most Las
Vegas swimming pools. While the water can be quite chilly during
the winter months, sunbathing around the beautifully landscaped
pools is possible almost every day.
an average rainfall of 4.19 inches, Las Vegas has an arid climate.
Umbrellas are rarely needed, but do listen for occasional flash
the temperature can soar to well over 100° during the summer
months, the average annual temperature is 66.3°. At a 2,174-foot
elevation, Las Vegas’ nights are comfortably cooler, even
after the hottest days. with a pleasant, dry climate during the
winter, and the average temperature at 47.5°.
Highs & Lows:
Jan.-Mar. 63°F 39°F
Apr.-Jun. 89°F 60°F
Jul.-Sept. 101°F 72°F
Oct.-Dec. 71°F 44°F
Casual clothes are fine to wear in and out of casinos, but for evening
wear, women seem to favor cocktail dresses, suits, evening wear
or the latest fashions. A large percentage of men wear sports clothes
or jackets and ties. Shorts, jeans and sundresses are worn from
April through October; while woolens, sweaters and warm jackets
are worn from November through March.
Las Vegas has some of the most liberal laws in the country for those
over 21. There are NO closing hours for liquor sales or consumption
of alcohol, which has helped Las Vegas earn the "24-hour town"
label. Remember, although the laws are liberal, the penalties for
DUI are tough. If you’re drinking, please be sure to hand
someone else the car keys!
Many hotels Downtown and on the Strip have their own large parking
lots or garages for free parking. In addition, most provide FREE
valet service. You drive up to the entrance, hand your keys to the
valet, and step right into the lobby. The valet appreciates the
customary $1 or $2 tip when he brings your car back.
To see all the sights that Las Vegas has to offer, your best bet
is to rent a car. Most car rental agencies provide reliable service
with reasonable rates. If you need help making arrangements, try
Fares from McCarran Airport to different parts of the Strip and
Downtown are as follows: (Please remember that these fares are estimates
and may change because of traffic and different routes taken. All
fares are governed by the Nevada Taxicab Authority and should be
the same for every company.)
Grand, Tropicana and Luxor area $9.50-$10.50
Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, Bally’s and Caesars Palace
Treasure Island, Fashion Show Mall and Frontier Hotel area $10.75-$12
Stardust area $11
Stratosphere area $13
Downtown area $16-$20
Airlines (800) 426-0333
American (800) 433-7300
America West (800) 235-9292
Delta (800) 221-1212
Hawaiian Airlines (800) 367-5320
Northwest (800) 225-2525
Reno Air (800) 736-6247
TWA (800) 221-2000
United (800) 241-6522
United Express (800) 453-9417
US Air (800) 428-4322
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