When to Go

The summers are hot and the winters are cool, making spring and fall the best times to visit. The daily high averages around 100F (38C) from June to September, and around 55F (13C) from December to January; the rest of the year is temperate. It's pretty dry most of the time, but thunderstorms are most common in the summer (June to August) and can cause dangerous flash floods.

Orientation

Las Vegas is in the southern part of the state of Nevada, about 50 miles (80km) east of the California border and 30 miles (50km) west of the Arizona border. The city is divided into two main parts: a compact downtown called Glitter Gulch, centered on the intersection of Highway 95 and Interstate 15; and the Strip, a corridor of hotels and casinos lining I-15 a few miles south of downtown.

The casinos are divided between downtown's Glitter Gulch and the Strip; most hotels are on or near the Strip. McCarran International Airport is located at the southern end of the Strip, about 5 miles (8km) south of downtown. The Greyhound bus and Amtrak railway stations are downtown (the railway station is located inside Gaughan's Plaza Hotel and Casino).

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