Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas, often known simply as Vegas, is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada, recognized worldwide for its vibrant nightlife, entertainment scene, and modern urban setting. Its history began in the early 20th century, being officially founded in 1905. Over time, it has evolved from a small railroad service centre into the "Entertainment Capital of the World".

Vegas played a central role in the atomic era of the 1950s, with nuclear tests being a major tourist attraction. The city also faced periods of high crime rates and economic trouble until the late 20th century when a wave of gentrification began. Today, it's a thriving metropolis offering a unique blend of entertainment options, from the iconic Vegas Strip to internationally renowned restaurants and shopping districts.

FAQ for Las Vegas

What is the best way to get there?

The best way to reach Las Vegas is by air. McCarran International Airport, located a few miles from downtown, serves numerous international and domestic flights.

What is Las Vegas famous for?

Las Vegas is famous for its entertainment scene, particularly known for its casinos, nightlife, and shows. The city's main attraction is the Las Vegas Strip, home to some of the largest hotels, casinos, and resort properties in the world.

What are five interesting facts about Las Vegas?

  1. The Las Vegas strip is the brightest place on Earth when looked at from outer space.
  2. Las Vegas hosts more than 22,000 conventions annually.
  3. The iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign is not located in Las Vegas city limits.
  4. There are over 150 casinos and 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas.
  5. Vegas is home to many of the world's largest hotels.

How did Las Vegas get its name?

Las Vegas got its name from Spanish explorers who used the water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. The name means "The Meadows" in Spanish, as the area featured abundant wild grasses and desert spring waters.

What are some travel tips for Las Vegas?

  • Plan ahead and book shows in advance.
  • Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen, the desert sun can be intense.
  • Take advantage of free attractions such as the Bellagio Fountains.
  • Consider renting a car if you plan to explore outside of the city.

Do I need a visa?

Whether you need a visa to visit Las Vegas depends on your country of origin. Please check the U.S. Department of State's official website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

When is the best time to visit Las Vegas?

The best time to visit Las Vegas is from March to May and from September to November when the weather is most temperate.

Are there local customs I should know for Las Vegas?


In Las Vegas, you're allowed to drink in public areas but be aware of not causing a public disturbance.


Standard American greetings apply in Las Vegas. A handshake or a simple 'Hi' is common.

Public transit

Public transportation is available, including buses and monorail. Taxis, rideshares, and rental cars are also common.

What is the time zone for Las Vegas?

Las Vegas is in the Pacific Time Zone (PT).

What are the voltage/plug types?

The standard voltage is 120 V, and the frequency is 60 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are of type A and B.

What is the currency?

The currency of Las Vegas, like the rest of the United States, is the US Dollar (USD).

Are ATMs readily accessible?

Yes, ATMs are easily accessible throughout the city, especially in hotels and casinos.

Are credit cards widely accepted?

Yes, credit cards are widely accepted in Las Vegas.

Can you use Apple Pay and Google Pay?

Yes, many places in Las Vegas accept both Apple Pay and Google Pay.

How much do I tip in Las Vegas?


Tipping is customary in Las Vegas. It is typical to tip service workers such as waitstaff, bartenders, taxi drivers, and hotel staff.


The standard tipping in restaurants and bars is 15-20% of the total bill.


You should tip housekeeping staff $2-5 per day, and you should tip bellboys $1-2 per bag.


A typical tip for taxi drivers is 15-20% of the fare.

Tour guides

Tour guides should typically be tipped 15-20% of the cost of the tour.

City Facts

Founded Population (2022) Elevation
1905 656,274(source) 2,001 ft (610 m)


Season/Month High (°C / °F) Low (°C / °F)
Winter (Dec-Feb) 14 / 57 1 / 34
Spring (Mar-May) 24 / 75 8 / 46
Summer (Jun-Aug) 40 / 104 22 / 72
Fall (Sep-Nov) 27 / 81 13 / 55