While Las Vegas may be an obvious choice for a vacation spot, the city offers much more than just gambling and buffets, and is well worth a fresh look at its constantly changing offerings for accommodations, libations, recreation and relaxation.
The self-proclaimed Entertainment Capital of the World has a thriving Downtown Arts District, several museums, dozens of parks and a world-class center for the performing arts. Its iconic casino-hotels offer extensive shopping, dining, pools and spas, live shows and nightlife. And it was named one of the New York Times' top destinations for 2019, with a much-anticipated Lady Gaga residency sealing the deal.
It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.
So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)
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Cheapest Las Vegas flights
Currently, the cheapest flights between Oklahoma City and Las Vegas are if you leave on Sept. 1 and return from Nevada on Sept. 5. Allegiant Air currently has tickets for $100, roundtrip.
There are also deals to be had later in September. If you fly out of Oklahoma City on Sept. 29 and return from Las Vegas on Oct. 3, Allegiant Air can get you there and back for $101 roundtrip.
Top Las Vegas hotels
To plan your accommodations, here are some of the city's top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.
The Bellagio Las Vegas (3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.)
If you're looking to splurge on top quality, consider The Bellagio Las Vegas. The hotel has a 4.5-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $149.
"This hotel is an icon in its own right. They have art installations, the fountains, the garden, Chihuly ceiling, amongst the gambling and eateries," wrote visitor Stace.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd.)
There's also the 4.6-star rated The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which has rooms for $140/night.
"Cool hotel in Las Vegas with good views of the city from the rooftop pool," wrote Scott.
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino (3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South)
A third option is The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. The 4.3-star hotel has rooms for $149/night.
"Venetian is a wonderful place to stay when you’re in Vegas," wrote visitor Esther. "It’s right in the middle of the strip and close to pretty much everywhere. The rooms are also amazing."
Top picks for dining and drinking
If you're looking to snag a bite, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.
Mon Ami Gabi (3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.)
One of the city's most popular restaurants is Mon Ami Gabi, which has an average of 4.5 stars out of 86 reviews on Skyscanner. Located in the Paris Las Vegas, the restaurant serves dishes like roasted chicken with mushrooms, bacon and pearl onions as well as a classic steak and crisp, flat pommes frites.
"This is my favorite restaurant in Las Vegas and surprisingly very well priced," wrote visitor Anna. "Grab a seat on the patio to see the Bellagio fountains. My favorite is steak with the blue cheese topping."
Wicked Spoon (Level 2, The Chelsea Tower, 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd.)
Another popular dining destination is Wicked Spoon, with 4.3 stars from 93 reviews. You can find it in the Cosmopolitan hotel.
"[The bone marrow] was done right and even my husband, who hates bone marrow, was accepting of it. Had some truffle spaghetti, the scrambled eggs was soft, desserts were great and even the kale salad was tasty."
Earl of Sandwich (3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd.)
Also worth considering is Earl of Sandwich, which is known for price tags well under $10 and a variety of hot sandwiches from turkey and cranberry to roast beef and horseradish.
"Open 24 hours a day and offers a variety of hot sandwiches at all times," wrote Cyrus. "It's very affordable, which is great in Vegas."
What to see and do in Las Vegas
To round out your trip, Las Vegas offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are some top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.
Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard)
First up is the Las Vegas Strip, which includes four miles of fun, decadence and fantastic shopping, dining and gambling.
From the Mandalay Bay in the south to the Stratosphere in the north, "The Strip" is where the action is. Stroll along the dancing fountains at the Bellagio, shop til you drop at the Grand Canal Shoppes of the Venetian Resort & Casino, or catch any number of hit musical acts, Broadway shows, magic or comedians.
Fountains at Bellagio (3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.)
The Fountains at Bellagio are another popular attraction.
Fountains shoot 250 feet into the air to the accompaniment of a symphony every 30 minutes. After 7 p.m., the spectacular display happens every 15 minutes.
"I love watching the fountains," wrote visitor Kendra. "It is beautiful and relaxing. I love listening to the music and watching the water go with the music."
The Fremont Street Experience (425 Fremont St.)
Finally, spend some time at The Fremont Street Experience, which is an outdoor pedestrian mall. Its main attraction is a massive barrel vault canopy screen that hangs over four of the mall’s five blocks. This canopy is famous for its wild light shows that happen every night.
"It's the best time," wrote visitor Alyssa. "I love the atmosphere. If you are looking for a good cheap time, this is where it's at."
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