Vegas Vacation Planning Made Easy

By Retirement Planners - February 21, 2019

Considering a trip to break the winter monotony? Want a romantic getaway? A ladies’ shopping weekend? Renewing your vows? As our old friend Elvis once sang: Viva Las Vegas! Dubbed the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, there’s something for everyone in Vegas. And remember, what happens in Vegas…

Getting There


Vegas is always a good idea! Options abound for flying in, joining a tour group, flying, bussing, or even driving in. Around 26% of tourists who come to Vegas are from Southern California and drive in for a weekend away.

If you are from farther out, check out your nearest airport for roundtrip deals to McCarran International Airport.

Wintering in Florida? There are roundtrip flights from Destin for under $300!

Even coming from Australia, you can find 8 day deals including flights and accommodations for under $2000 a person.

49.7 million people flew into the McCarran airport in 2018! October and August are the low season for travelling to Las Vegas. If you have the flexibility of being off a school-schedule or not having rigid travel dates, jump on the deals then. Shuttles from the airport can be as low as $6 and cabs are as low as $12-15.

Where to Stay


It’s the city that never sleeps but when you must, Las Vegas is a resort town and has the hotel options to match. You can go as pricey or as budget as you want. Deals abound so don’t assume you will be in a roach motel if your budget is only $60 per night. Many offer free parking and wi-fi. Hotels and motels usually have pools so you can enjoy the year-round sunshine (Vegas averages 294 sunny days a year). You can choose one with a great casino floor, one that is blissfully quiet. Choose one based on its award-winning restaurant or serene spa. Or focus on the instagrammable art and sculpture pieces on display. Vacation rentals are also a possibility if you are staying longer than a few days or coming as a group. 

Vegas, Baby!


Some hotels offer high-end shopping or exclusive entertainment. Strolling through exquisite lobbies and admiring the Bellagio fountains is a must. Don’t miss a ride on the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller. If you want to explore the neighboring areas, helicopter over the Grand Canyon, visit the Hoover Dam, go hiking in the Valley of Fire, or even ride an ATV through a Civil war-era gold mine. And what about the shows? Right now, don’t miss Cirque du Soleil and Lady Gaga. There are amazing acts to see and spectacular choices for each day of your stay.

Only in Vegas


So many choices, so little time! Don’t miss:

  • the world’s largest video screen on Fremont Street (with over 12 million LED lights)
  • The Neon Museum Boneyard
  • A gondola ride at the Venetian or a ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • Rio’s Wine Cellar and Tasting Room (with wines valued at over $3 million, including one from Thomas Jefferson’s cellar!)
  • The Park – an oasis in the middle of the Strip with outdoor restaurants, impressive sculptures and water installations
  • Renew your vows with Elvis in front of the Vegas sign or in all elegance under the Love Tree at the MGM Grand