Travel TipsLas Vegas has four distinct seasons defined by the thermometer rather than by precipitation. Winter days are mild and usually sunny, and evenings are cool to chilly, with a fair number of nights below freezing. Summers are infamous for furnace-like heat, which can be punishing despite the very low humidity. Even on the hottest days (which can be 110 F and up), evenings are cooler in comparison—although don't be surprised if the overnight temp doesn't dip below 85. In summer your best bet is to head inside; Vegas interiors are universally air conditioned.
Spring and fall offer the most pleasant weather for outdoor activity—dry, warm and sunny. April, May and October are the nicest months. But whenever you visit, leave the umbrella at home; Las Vegas receives an average of just 4 inches of rain a year.
Most vacationers wear casual clothing around the clock, and the casinos do not enforce any sort of dress code. However, dressing up for a nice dinner, a nightclub or to take in a high-priced show is expected. A sweater or jacket will come in handy during the winter; sunglasses are a must regardless of the time of year.
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AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
Clark County's sales tax is 8.25 percent. The county also imposes a 12 percent tax on lodgings, with an additional 1 percent tax for properties within the city of Las Vegas boundaries.
311, or (702) 828-3111 (also valid for TTY)
Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, (702) 733-8800; MountainView Hospital, (702) 962-5000; Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, (702) 853-3000; Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, (702) 961-5000; University Medical Center, (702) 383-2000; Valley Hospital Medical Center, (702) 388-4000.
3150 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89109. Phone:(702)892-0711 or (877)847-4858
McCarran International Airport (LAS) is about 10 miles south of downtown Las Vegas via Las Vegas Boulevard and 3.5 miles south of the Las Vegas Convention Center via Paradise Road, just a few minutes' drive from the Strip's southern end. One of the nation's busiest airports, it serves most major airlines.
Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (702) 262-7700 for the airport, (800) 654-3131 for the Strip.
Greyhound Lines Inc., 200 S. Main St., is the major bus company serving Las Vegas; phone (702) 384-9561.
Major cab companies include Ace, (702) 888-4888; Checker/Yellow Cab/Star, (702) 873-8012; and Whittlesea Blue Cab, (702) 384-6111. Base activation fee is $3.50 and $2.88 for each mile, plus 54 cents for every minute the cab is waiting or traveling under 8 to 12 mph. Trips to the airport incur a $2 surcharge. Payment by credit card incurs a fee of $3.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) provides bus service to most parts of the city. The most useful to visitors are the Deuce double-decker buses serving the Strip. The buses operate 24 hours daily, run every 7-10 minutes and stop at nearly every Strip hotel property.