Destination guide

What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas

Situated in Nevada's Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is a one-of-a-kind resort city, known for its 24-hour casinos, world-class culinary scene, shopping, and, of course, nightlife. But Vegas isn't just for bachelor parties, gamblers, and couples looking to elope. From themed resorts to theatrical performances to concerts, your list of things to do and see might be too long for just 1 visit. There are plenty of options for the whole family, whether you book a Las Vegas vacation rental right on the strip, or head out into the desert to explore the surrounding area.

Things to do

Caesar didn't live here, but maybe he should have?

Vegas is most certainly what you make of it, whether you're looking for a family-friendly vacation, an adults-only escape, or a luxury experience for your whole squad. Take the kids to the Discovery Children's Museum, the SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium, or the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, or hit up one of the city's museums, from the Las Vegas Art Museum to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Explore the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, ride the indoor gondolas at the Venetian, or spend the day in the luxury shops at Caesar's Palace.

Activities

You decide if your Vegas can also be called Sin City

Gambling at the world-class casinos is certainly the city's main attraction, but there's plenty to see outside, too. Take a helicopter tour over the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon, or stroll down The Strip, watching the fountains dance at The Bellagio, kissing under The Eiffel Tower, or marveling at the Sphynx at the Luxor. If the kids are with you in your Las Vegas vacation rental, treat them to the acts at Circus Circus, or book a family-friendly show. When mom and dad need a break, hit a spa, or any of the gourmet restaurants.

Weather

What's hotter: Vegas summer temps or the nightlife?

Spring and fall are ideal times to visit Las Vegas, when the weather is moderate but there are still plenty of deals to be found. Winter welcomes an influx of visitors just in time to ring in the New Year, despite the chilly temps, so celebrating the holidays on The Strip might require some advanced planning. Summers are exceptionally hot, with temps climbing over 100F, though locals do like to remind you that it's a dry heat—so the lack of humidity does make it more bearable.

Natural features

The desert locals may be more wild than the visitors

Situated in a basin within Nevada's Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is dry, arid, and, outside of the winter months, hot, hot, hot. It's surrounded on all sides by mountains, and the wildlife lives in the desert vegetation. It's not uncommon to spot coyotes and rattlesnakes outside of the city, so if you head out for a hike, do keep this in mind. If your Las Vegas vacation rental isn't set up high, do what you can to find a lookout point, and watch the sunset over Sin City.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Las Vegas

Fly into Las Vegas, NV (LAS-McCarran Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Las Vegas, NV (VGT-North Las Vegas), which is 6.7 mi (10.8 km) away.

It's easy to get around Las Vegas by jumping on the metro at Flamingo - Caesars Palace Monorail Station, Ballys and Paris Las Vegas Monorail Station or Harrahs - Imperial Palace Monorail Station.

Where to stay around Las Vegas?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,745 vacation rentals near Las Vegas. From 1,000 Houses to 902 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Las Vegas for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Las Vegas?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Las Vegas:

  • Las Vegas Strip: 960 vacation rentals
  • Summerlin: 1,749 vacation rentals
  • Canyon Gate: 1,109 vacation rentals
  • Old Vegas: 726 vacation rentals
  • Silverado Ranch: 80 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Las Vegas?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Las Vegas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Las Vegas Convention Center: 1,645 vacation rentals
  • MGM Grand: 2,751 vacation rentals
  • Fremont Street Experience: 2,753 vacation rentals
  • Mandalay Bay Convention Center: 2,753 vacation rentals
  • Las Vegas North Premium Outlets: 2,753 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Las Vegas listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Las Vegas?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,000 Houses in Las Vegas. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Las Vegas include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 902 rentals available
  • Villas: 72 rentals available
  • Estates: 13 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Las Vegas?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,922 vacation rentals with pool available in Las Vegas. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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