Las Vegas Nevada Transportation and Directions

Travel to Las Vegas

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Population: 567,641
Total Area: 131 sq. miles
Elevation: 2,181 feet above sea level


Since Las Vegas is located in the Mojave Desert, the area enjoys a dry and hot climate year round. The average year round temperature is 80ºF, and there are typically 320 sunny days a year. With weather like this Las Vegas is an ideal place for recreational activities and sightseeing - especially since the city gets just over four inches of annual rainfall. Visitor our weather page for current conditions and forecasts.

While this hot, dry climate may be ideal for recreation and winter get-a-ways, visitors must prepare appropriately. For instance, they need to drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated, and use proper sun protection. Also, visitors should also dress in layers between October and March since the weather tends to cool down for the winter.

Average Annual Temperatures:

January: High 60ºF Low 28ºF
April: High 80ºF Low 44ºF
July: High 102ºF Low 68ºF
October: High 84ºF Low 46ºF

City Mileages from Las Vegas:

Albuquerque, NM: 573 mi.
Denver, CO: 748 mi.
Los Angeles, CA: 270 mi.
Phoenix, AZ: 288 mi.
St. George, UT: 119 mi.
Salt Lake City, UT: 420 mi.
San Francisco, CA: 570 mi.

Mileages to Recreation Areas:

Bryce Canyon NP 250 mi.
Grand Staircase-Escalante NM (Escalante) 292 mi.mi.
Grand Canyon NP 275 mi.mi.
Glen Canyon (Lake Powell) NRA 480 mi.mi.
Lake Mead NRA 27 mi.mi.
Zion NP 158 mi.

Getting to Las Vegas:

As a top international tourist destination, Las Vegas is very easy is to get to by planes, trains, and automobiles. By road, Las Vegas is on Interstate 15 between Los Angeles, CA and St. George, UT. Interstate 15 connects with Interstate 80 in Salt Lake City, UT, Interstate 70 in Central Utah, Interstate 40 near Victorville, CA, and Interstates 5 and 10 in Los Angeles, CA. All of these interstates provide easy connections with much of the country.

By air, Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport (LAS) is served with non-stop service from all major western cities and hubs in the United States, several hubs in Canada and Mexico, London-Gatwick (LGW), and Tokyo-Narita (NRT). With such connections, most small and regional cities in North America and many in Europe, Japan, and Asia should have no more than one stop service to/from Las Vegas.

By bus, Las Vegas is served by Greyhound Lines.

For more information visit our transportation page.

City Parks:

The City of Las Vegas currently operates over 60 parks for public use. Click here for Las Vegas city park information for the location of these parks.


There are many recreational activities available in the Las Vegas area. For instance, many people enjoy hiking in Red Rock Canyon and Mt. Charleston. During the winter people also sled and ski on Mt. Charleston. Water sports enthusiasts flock to nearby Lake Mead to boat, camp, and water ski. There are so many other things to do in the Las Vegas area.

Arts and Entertainment:

Las Vegas is full of arts and entertainment options. The best known entertainment is on The Strip with shows like Kà, O, Mystère, and Zumanity from Cirque du Soleil, Mamma Mia, Avenue Q, Celine Dion, Penn & Teller, Wayne Newton, Rita Rudner, Gladys Knight, Howie Mandel, and many other family and adult oriented options. The Las Vegas Art Museum and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas are venues for regular art and entertainment events.


There are many different religions represented in Las Vegas. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Baptist, and non-denominational congregations are the most numerous in the area.

Health Care:

Las Vegas is home to three major hospitals. Like another major city in the United States, Las Vegas has a full range of medical services available.

Public Internet Access:

Many hotels and motels in Las Vegas put data ports or provide wireless access to their guests and business centers with full computer and communication capabilities. Several hotels like the Hard Rock Hotel and Mandalay Bay provide pay-for-access kiosks. There are several retail business services stores like FedexKinkos that also provide pay-for-access to the Internet. If you are on The Strip, the library at Maryland and Flamingo has Internet access. Call (702)733-7810 for more information about the library.

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