Las Vegas is an exciting destination in the southwest USA and January is a good time to visit the city when the temperatures are quite comfortable
The average weather throughout the year is very hot but there is a respite from the heat in January when it cools down considerably. The January daytime temperatures average about 60 degrees F (16 degrees C) while nighttime temperatures can drop to 30 degrees F (4 degrees C).
The history of Las Vegas
Las Vegas, a holiday playground in the Nevada desert, was once a Mormon settlement in the times of the silver rush in the 1800s. When the Union Pacific Railroad started to run through the town in 1905, various businesses, including gambling establishments, opened for business. During the Great Depression in 1931, the construction of the Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River, attracted many people for employment. The dam was finished in 1936, and today provides the electricity to light up Las Vegas.
Gambling was also legalized that same year, which resulted in the transformation of the city with many casinos and hotels being constructed. After the Second World War, the city came alive with more extravagant resorts and top-class entertainment.
Las Vegas the ultimate experience
Las Vegas provides a unique experience, not just for gamblers but for anyone interested in an exciting getaway. There is a good range of accommodation for all budgets and transport is by taxi, bus or Monorail that connects many hotels along the Strip.
Free attractions of Las Vegas
The Fremont St Experience is a seven-block, pedestrian mall in downtown Las Vegas which features the Viva Vision canopy, a 90 feet high barrel vault canopy, which spans the length of 5 football fields. It features a unique shipping experience with free live entertainment, the largest screen in the world, and historic hotels.
The Bellagio Fountain show of water, music, and light runs frequently in the afternoons and evenings, on an 8-acre lake. It combines the water feature with a concert of opera, classical, and Broadway tunes.
The amazing volcano, flamingos, and turtles, all for free
The nightly eruptions of the 54 feet volcano at the Mirage Hotel begin at 6:00 p.m. and run every hour on the hour until 11:00 p.m..Since its opening in 1989, the volcano has been one of the most popular attractions on the Strip. In more recent times, the volcano has undergone a $25 million redesign.
Another free attraction for the whole family is the wildlife habitat at the Flamingo Hotel, the home of a flock of Chilean Flamingos, swans, ducks, koi, and turtles that live on islands and streams surrounded by waterfalls and lush foliage.
You will be spoilt for choice from the vast array of singers who perform in Las Vegas’ casinos, hotels, and bars. And it will never be easier to tie the knot than in Las Vegas. No waiting times or blood tests needed. The only requirements are a license fee and being over the age of 18. These 24-hour chapels host about 120,000 couples per year, and why not get an Elvis impersonator to come along too.