Las Vegas Honeymoon
Las Vegas is so much more than just casinos on “the strip,” or Las Vegas Blvd. This famous city in Nevada has so many wonderful outdoor areas to visit, entertainment to behold including world-class acts, museums, thrill rides, 5-star resorts and pools, and noteworthy restaurants. A Las Vegas honeymoon promises to be anything but ordinary or predictable.
It’s the perfect place for couples who want to stay within the continental United States and visit a city that offers a little bit of everything. Besides, where else can you experience myriad cultures and icons, and National Parks, within a small radius? Only in Las Vegas.
Geography of Las Vegas
The city is at the southern tip of the state of Nevada, in the U.S. It is sandwiched between California, to its west, and the north of Arizona, to its east. The city is in a flat area of the Mojave Desert and is surrounded by mountains. It’s less than 1 hour from the Hoover Dam and about 4 hours to the Grand Canyon.
Las Vegas Time Zone, Weather and Peak Season
Las Vegas is in the Pacific Standard Time zone. This means they keep the same clock as California, and it’s three hours behind the east coast.
They have a desert climate, which means it’s arid and sunny with temperatures during the day that can drop quite a bit at night (even down 20 degrees). In January the average high is 58 degrees and the low is 39 degrees. July brings highs of 104 and lows of 81 degrees. Overall rainfall in this city is low, overall, but is highest during winter and lowest in summer.
Las Vegas is subject to peak tourist times surrounding holidays, including spring break. Hotel rates and special offers will usually be best during off-peak times. Note that the heat in July and August may be brutal, but it’s easy to hop in and out of air-conditioned spaces between hotels and shops on the strip. (However, it’s something to consider for outside day trips from Las Vegas, to the National Parks, for instance.)
LGBTQ+ Community in Las Vegas
Vegas is welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community. Same-sex couples in Nevada enjoy the same rights as straight couples. Furthermore, Nevada was the first state to amend their constitution to recognize and include gay marriage.
COVID-19 Travel Restrictions in Vegas
Americans may fly to Las Vegas from within the United States. Las Vegas’s nightclubs and strip clubs are currently closed, as of March 2021. Indoor dining and gaming floors will be capped at 35%. Restaurant reservations are no longer required, according to the state governor, who is rolling back restrictions in phases.
Mask mandates and social distancing regulations are currently in place for the entire state of Nevada.
Driving or Flying to Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a major US destination. Thus, it’s easy to get to by airplane. It’s also very accessible from nearby cities. We list the flight options from three major cities and driving times from three nearby cities as well.
Driving to Your Las Vegas Honeymoon from the West Coast
It’s a short drive to your Las Vegas honeymoon from various major cities on the west coast. Here’s some driving times from California, Arizona and Utah to get to Las Vegas Blvd.:
- Los Angeles: 4.5 hours
- San Diego: 5 hours
- Phoenix: 5 hours
- Park City: 9 hours
Flying to Your Las Vegas Honeymoon
We’ve researched flights to Las Vegas McCarran Airport (LAS) the second week of September. Once you land at the airport, the strip is just 10 minutes away; you’ll reach nearby hotels in Las Vegas in no time.
The prices quoted below are roundtrip, per person, and includes the range from the lowest cost airline to the next tier.
- JFK to LAS: $253 to $261, nonstop for 5.5 to 6 hours of flying time.
- IAH to LAS: $226 to $256, nonstop with 3.5 travel time.
- FLL to LAS: $193 to $272, nonstop with just over 5 hours of flight time.
Things to Do in Las Vegas
There’s a reason Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world. There’s plenty to do and see on Las Vegas Boulevard and beyond the city limits, even if you’re not into gambling.
Take a Day Trip
There are incredible places for couples to explore in Nevada, not far from Las Vegas. Wonderful day trip options from the city make it easy to say yes to exploring its surroundings.
Head to the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is truly a sight to behold. It’s a little over four hours away from Las Vegas. The long-day trip is doable if you start early and you’re willing to get back to Vegas late in the day. There are two routes to explore at this National Park: the North Rim, which closes during winter, and South Rim, which is open year-round.
Short on time? Take a helicopter ride from Las Vegas over to the Grand Canyon to get a unique perspective of the natural wonder.
Hike, Climb or Drive Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is one of the most beautiful places near Las Vegas. It’s only 30 minutes away from the Las Vegas strip. Navigate one of its 26 hikes and trails as a couple in the canyon. Or, if you prefer, drive its 13-mile loop instead (be sure to make timed-entry reservations in advance).
You can also rock climb Red Rock Canyon. If you’re not comfortable rock climbing yourselves, hire a guide.
Marvel at the Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is one of the most incredible engineering feats in America. It’s on the Colorado River, only 45 minutes east of Las Vegas.
Take a Helicopter Tour
See Las Vegas and surrounding areas of Nevada from a truly memorable perspective: in the air on a helicopter tour!
Visit one of Las Vegas’s Coolest Museums
There are a number of museums in Las Vegas that are outside the realm of the typical art and history museums (even though they have those too). Try visiting one of the following:
- Neon Museum: An indoor museum, with a “Neon Boneyard” of oversized signs outside.
- Zak Bagan’s The Haunted Museum: A museum in downtown Las Vegas that’s perfect for couples who enjoy macabre and spooky scenes.
- Pinball Hall of Fame: Head to a 10,000 square foot space and try your luck at a different experience in Las Vegas. They have the largest collection of pinball machines on the planet and prove gaming in Vegas isn’t just about gambling
Have a Memorable Meal
Having a restaurant in Las Vegas is a goal for many chefs around the world. As a result, you’re able to have truly exceptional dining experiences in Las Vegas, unlike anywhere else.
If you are newlyweds who consider themselves foodies, make reservations at one of these five highly rated restaurants:
- Jean-Georges Steakhouse at the Aria hotel, from restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
- Wing Lei at the Wynn hotel, the first Chinese restaurant in America to earn a Michelin star.
- Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at the Sahara Las Vegas. Try a tasting menu of delicious dishes dreamed up by the James Beard award-winning chef and his team.
- Spago, by Wolfgang Puck, is a Las Vegas legendary restaurant located at the Bellagio hotel. Try to sit outside so you can watch the famous fountains during your meal.
- Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand, a 3-star Michelin-rated French restaurant.
Take a Romantic Gondola Ride at the Venetian Hotel
You can experience a piece of Italian culture without leaving Las Vegas! Head to the Venetian resort, towards the north end of the Las Vegas strip, and choose either an indoor or outside gondola location for a romantic honeymoon boat ride at the hotel.
See the Panoramic Views at the Skypod
The Strat hotel has a pod high above the city’s skyscrapers, over 1,149 feet in the sky. Take in the panoramic views from the indoor and outdoor decks at the Skypod. Stay for drinks at their Skylounge or make reservations for a romantic lunch or dinner at the Top of the World restaurant.
Visit Icons like the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty
Where else can you see the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty blocks away from one another? Las Vegas has replicas of both on the Las Vegas strip. Take advantage of the honeymoon photo opportunity with both! The Eiffel Tower is at the Paris Hotel, and the Statue of Liberty is at New York-New York Hotel & Casino.
See a Show
Las Vegas has some of the best shows in the world! Whether you sign up to see a performer with a “residence” in Vegas, like Celine Dion, or showing of Cirque du Soleil, it’s a great way to add variety to your honeymoon schedule. They have everything from singers to acrobats, to America’s Got Talent acts.
See the Bellagio Fountains
The world-famous fountains at the Bellagio hotel perform to one of about 30 songs about every 15 minutes. The water is powerfully pumped from over 1,200 jets and dances in synchronization to music and lighting. Snuggle up with your new spouse as you watch, free of charge, from the hotel or on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. It’s one of the most popular things to see on the Las Vegas strip and is a must for your Las Vegas honeymoon.
The Las Vegas strip has some of the best shopping in the world. If you love to shop ’til you drop, there’s no better place to do it.
Gamble at a Casino
You don’t have to be a high roller to have fun at the casinos. Tables may have minimum buy-in dollar amounts to play but there’s a price point for all honeymooners – from just one penny upwards.
Go to a Spa
Where to Stay in Las Vegas
Hotels in Las Vegas are plentiful. You can choose honeymoon resorts based on location, price, theming, honeymoon suites or amenities. What’s important to you and your spouse may even include what restaurants or shows are inside particular hotels, though you can bounce around to any other hotel on the strip, for example, to enjoy the menu at a different hotel’s restaurant.
The most popular place to stay in Las Vegas is on the strip, which is Las Vegas Blvd. We’ve listed some of its popular resorts and hotels for honeymooners below though this is just a taste of many more to choose from.
Our list goes in order from the northernmost recommended option to the southernmost on a map of the street:
- Wynn Las Vegas
- The Palazzo hotel at the Venetian
- Venetian Hotel
- Caesars Palace
- Paris Las Vegas
- Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
- Vdara Hotel
- Mandalay Bay
- New York-New York
- MGM Grand
- Luxor Hote
Register for your Las Vegas Honeymoon with Honeyfund
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