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Couple Visiting Las Vegas in February

Vegas in February: Cold Weather Activities for Everyone

Many people make winter vacation plans to Las Vegas to avoid the cold weather and snow where they live. Luckily, winter in Vegas doesn’t last long, so you’re in for a real treat if your hometown has snow in the forecast for a while. Temperatures stay between the mid-50s and 60s at the start of the year and begin to move back into the 70s in April, making the winter and early-spring months one of the most pleasant times to plan a visit.

If you are one of the families traveling for a lot of fun and little bit of warmth this February, we’ve found some of the best outdoor activities to enjoy and appreciate the cooler weather our city has to offer. See what to expect with weather in Vegas in February, along with our favorite cold weather activities, below.

Weather in Vegas in February

February weather in Las Vegas is the step between our chilly January temperatures (average high 60°F) and our warmer temperatures in March (average high 73°F). February weather averages to be a high of 64°F with a low of 42°F. As you can see, the lows can still get fairly chilly, so it’s best to pack layers. Desert nights can get especially cold, so be sure to pack your warm pajamas. While Vegas has an average of 294 sunny days a year, February tends to see more rainy days.

The moral of the story with Las Vegas weather in February? Pack with the intent to layer.

Woman Hiking in Mountains Near Vegas in Winter

Cold Weather Activities in Las Vegas

One of the best parts of winter in Vegas is the milder temperatures. While summer and spring are popular times to visit due to school breaks and pool parties, the winter is the perfect season to explore activities outside of the norm. Check out these activities in Vegas that will have you outside and enjoying the crisp, cool air.

People Watching

Okay, this activity is one you’ll probably do regardless of the weather, but we promise it’s even better during the winter. When it’s hotter outside, it can make it hard to take a leisurely stroll through Downtown Las Vegas or down The Strip when all you can think about is rushing to the blasting A/C inside. Walking around outside is much more pleasant when you can take your time and truly observe all the sights, people and street performances.

Shopping in the Downtown Container Park

We don’t know about you, but shopping after sweating isn’t always the most glamorous feeling. Shopping at the Downtown Container Park is perfect in the winter, because you get to enjoy the weather in Vegas in February while checking out all the awesome pieces of art all without breaking a sweat (unless you’re a really intense shopper). Check out their events schedule to see what fun activities they have planned – like karaoke in the park or wine tastings.

Horseback Riding through the Red Rocks

There is no need to confine yourself to the city when taking your Las Vegas trip in February. The shining lights and 24/7 attractions may seem like the most beautiful things in the world, but we encourage you to look around and see what else Nevada has to offer. Red Rock Canyon is located just 30 minutes outside of the city and offers breathtaking views. Try a horseback ride that will give you an experience like no other, without the worry of burning up in the weather.

Horseback Ride through Red Rock Canyon from Cowboy Trail Rides

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Visiting Mt. Charleston

Another beautiful location to visit nearby Vegas in the winter is Mt. Charleston. Taking a Vegas-Mt. Charleston road trip will take you approximately 1.5 hours round trip, and is worth every second. While Las Vegas has a short and mild winter, Mt. Charleston stays chilly for a bit longer. A vast difference from the desert of Vegas, the Spring Mountains display beautiful snow-capped mountains and tall, green trees. Even if your trip was to avoid snow, this is a great exception.

Hiking Gold Strike Hot Springs

One last cold weather activity to explore when in Las Vegas is taking a trip to the Gold Strike Hot Springs. Doesn’t sitting in a natural hot spring sound like a perfect winter activity? But be warned! This adventure is strictly for the adventuring type, as the trail leading to the hot springs is listed as difficult. If you’re looking for a bit of hiking on your winter Las Vegas trip, taking the hour drive to take this hike filled with rock climbing and ropes, this is a trail to remember.

No matter which cold weather activity you choose to partake in this February, you are sure to have an amazing wither vacation experience. From people watching to intense hikes, wintertime truly is one of the most beautiful times to visit Las Vegas. Book your room with Golden Gate Hotel today to start exploring all that Vegas in February has to offer.

Woman Receiving Flowers for Valentine's Day in Vegas

10 Ways to Impress Your Date for Valentine’s Day in Vegas

Whether it’s going to the Eiffel Tower, going on a hike, or dining in a romantic restaurant, Las Vegas has no shortage of unique and memorable ways to impress your love this Valentine’s Day. With so many options for spending Valentine’s Day in Vegas, it’s almost impossible to go wrong. To help narrow down your options, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Las Vegas date ideas to make this Valentine’s Day the best yet.

Find the best Vegas Valentine’s Day attractions, restaurants, and activities to enjoy below!

Get Cultured

Las Vegas is filled with museums and galleries, perfect for any picture-perfect Valentine’s Day date. Make your date a work of art and visit Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, currently displaying the work of Yayoi Kusama and her famous Infinity Mirrored Room. Or, learn about the history of Vegas together at the Mob Museum and Neon Museum and Boneyard.

Get Moving

Getting dressed to the nines and hitting the club is so Vegas, which is why it’s the perfect Las Vegas date night for Valentine’s Day. You know any DJ and special guest playing on Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day Weekend is going to pull out all the stops to make sure you and your love have an incredible time. Look to see who is playing around then so you can make your moves.

Get Flowers

And we don’t just mean your average bouquet. Instead, plan a Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas that includes appreciating the beauty of the serene gardens around the city. Of course, one of the most famous stops is the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden, but we also recommend a visit to Springs Preserve and Cactus Gardens to help grow your love.

Man Holding Bouquet of Flowers for Valentine's Day

Get International

Paris, Venice, New York, Tahiti, you name it! Spending Valentine’s Day in Vegas means spending the most romantic day of the year all around the world. The Eiffel Tower Restaurant is rated one of the most romantic restaurants in Las Vegas, and nothing quite beats a gondola ride through the canals of Venice. This is an out-of-this-world date designed to impress.

Get Wild

No, not like that. If your sweetheart loves animals just as much as they love you, take them on a Las Vegas safari for Valentine’s Day. You’d be surprised to hear just how many animal exhibits exist around the city. Sharks, flamingos, big cats, llamas, and more are sure to make any animal lover fall wildly in love on a truly unique Valentine’s Day in Vegas.

Get Adventurous

Love is an adventure, so why shouldn’t your date be? Las Vegas is an amazing city, but the surrounding area is just as stunning. Heat it up with a hike in the Valley of Fire, or keep things rosy on a trail through Red Rock Canyon. If you want to step it up a notch, a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon would be a grand gesture to impress your Valentine.

Get Wined & Dined

If the way to someone’s heart is their stomach, then Vegas has you covered. With an impressive number of famous chefs and award-winning restaurants and bars, your Las Vegas date night is sure to be delicious. Some of the most romantic restaurants in Las Vegas include the Barrymore, Hugo’s Cellar, and Andiamo Steakhouse.

Waiter Pouring Champagne at Romantic Restaurant in Vegas

Get Thrilled

Want to get your adrenaline going with your Valentine is Vegas? Schedule a Valentine’s Day that incorporates some of the many attractions for thrill seekers, such as the SlotZilla Zipline through Downtown Las Vegas, the Canyon Blaster within the Adventuredome, and the Big Shot atop the Stratosphere. Get your heart racing.

Get Pampered

Is there anything more romantic than a couple’s massage? Have a stress-free Valentine’s Day in Vegas by planning the ultimate day of relaxation. Once the appointments are booked, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the moment. The only muscle you’ll need to focus on after a day at a luxury spa in Las Vegas is your heart.

Get Married

Okay, this one may be on the more extreme ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas, but it would truly be the ultimate date to remember. Las Vegas weddings are famous for being fun, quirky, quick, and officiated by Elvis. If you decide that this year is the one to take the plunge and exchange vows, there are plenty of Las Vegas wedding chapels to choose from.

Valentine’s Day in Vegas is quickly approaching, so make sure you make any necessary plans as soon as possible, including booking a hotel room for a private space to be with your sweetheart away from the crowds. Luckily, Las Vegas is a wonderful city on its own, with or without plans. Just as long as you have your sweetheart by your side, your Valentine’s Day will be one to remember.

Outside View of The Las Vegas Strip

Vegas 101: Tips Straight from Locals to Visitors

There are few things more entertaining to local Las Vegans than going down to the Strip to people watch. We can always spot a tourist from a mile away, whether it be their hefty margarita pitcher for one or their Vegas-esque attitude. But if you don’t want to stand out like a tourist and want to secure some of the best deals for your trip, take these tips from locals to heart.

Tips for Vegas Visitors

These tips from locals will help you save some money, stay comfortable, and look the part:

Get the Best Deal on Your Hotel Room

If you’re balling on a budget in Las Vegas, these tips will help you save on your room:

> Don’t book during the peak times of year. Convention season, holidays and weekends are the worst times to book your hotel because they fill up faster and prices skyrocket. Before visiting, check for any conventions or holidays and try booking rooms on weekdays to help reduce costs.

> Book your room directly. Reduce costs by not booking your room through a third party, but booking directly from the hotel’s site. This way you can see an actual breakdown of costs and fees and may get a discount for booking direct. Also, third-party sites are known to cancel reservations, so protect yourself by working with the hotel directly.

Get a Hotel Loyalty Card

Going to come to Las Vegas often? Sign up for a hotel loyalty card to earn points and savings. All you need is a valid driver’s license or passport to start earning points on the money you spend on the dining, entertainment, and gaming. Earned points can get you free perks including discounted show tickets, 2-for-1 buffets, or even a free room.

Save Cash

Locals are chock-full of money-saving tips (we live here, after all). A Las Vegas Power Pass is the ultimate fast pass for Las Vegas attractions. You choose an adult or child pass for one to five days. With this pass, you can experience over 30 attractions, museums, and tours for free. Another great tip is to buy tickets to a show the day of. Often, you can even get up to 50% off.

Visitor Walking Around on The Strip

Eat Off the Strip

Most locals turn to the Strip for all their culinary delights and while there are plenty of world-class restaurants, that’s not your only option. Here are some other choices if you don’t feel like heading into the masses:

> Get groceries delivered to your hotel room.  That’s right! You can order all the groceries you want while here in town right to your hotel room, as long as you’re an Amazon Prime member. In as little as two hours, get your Gatorade, Red Bull, or Doritos as room service.

> Buy food and drinks at the local store. Go off the Strip to buy your food and drinks because they will be much cheaper and you’ll have more options. Locals hardly ever buy anything on the Strip because of this same reason, so you’ll definitely look the part by shopping elsewhere.

Take Care of Yourself

There’s no doubt that Vegas gets hot, especially for visitors not used to the climate. Locals know how to take care of themselves in the heat, so you should to. Remember to drink plenty of water (don’t forget your reusable water bottle that you can refill throughout the day!), wear sunscreen, and wear comfortable shoes.

Next time you plan a visit to Las Vegas, check out these tips. They are sure to help you feel more like a local and less like a visitor.

People Holding 2019 New Year’s Eve Balloons

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

There’s no doubt that Las Vegas is the center of it all on New Year’s Eve. There are parties, grand fireworks shows, and resorts that serve you hand and foot. Let’s look at some of the amazing places to ring in 2019 in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

New Year’s Eve Parties on the Strip

You can’t go wrong heading to the Las Vegas Strip on New Year’s Eve. This party mecca draws over 330,000 visitors from all over the world (as of 2017) and it’s only getting more and more popular. Here are some hot spots to toast to the new year:

*On the Record Opening Party – On New Year’s Eve, MGM is opening their newest venue, On the Record. This record shop is going to be so much more than just a place to buy music. It’s a speakeasy, club, and “love letter to long-lost music hubs.” Come celebrate the evening with good music and even better drinks.

*Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville New Year’s Eve Party – Margaritaville is centered right on the Strip and has multiple floors to enjoy the fun. You’ll be able to look down on the crowds from the top two floors and for only $99 a person, you can enjoy a three hour premium open bar, a live band, dancing, party favors, a champagne toast, and more.

*New Year’s Eve 2019 at Chateau Nightclub & Beer Park – Chateau is a French-inspired nightclub that’s sultry, sexy, and fun. It’s location, beneath the Eiffel Tower and across from the Bellagio, gives guests some of the best views on the Strip and the rooftop garden is glamorous and elegant. For New Year’s Eve, Chateau is teaming up with Beer Park, a fun, new open air hangout area and bar, to bring guests the ultimate VIP experience. Tickets range from $125-$3,000, depending on how you want to celebrate the New Year.

Couple Kissing at Fremont Street New Year’s Eve CelebrationAttribute: VegasExperience.com

New Year’s Eve Parties Downtown

Being in Downtown Las Vegas under the dazzling lights of the Fremont Street Experience will make you feel like you’re in the center of Time Square in New York City, but with better food. You can party all night to the sounds of several popular live bands and watch fireworks on a gigantic Viva Vision LED screen. Here are some of the best parties happening right near Golden Gate Hotel & Casino:

*America’s Party Downtown at the Fremont Street Experience – The Fremont Street Experience is planning the ultimate NYE bash and they can’t wait to see you. There will be 12 bands performing across three stages, including a dazzling EDM stage with alluring dancers and aerialists. There will be the famous Viva Vision Light Shows, which will be performing a captivating “Year in Review” show. And there will be lots and lots of food and drink! Even the mayor of Las Vegas will be there.

*A DIY Bar Crawl – Downtown Las Vegas is home to some pretty awesome bars, and they’re sure to show their stuff on New Year’s Eve. Make your way to Atomic Liquors, D Bar, Velveteen Rabbit, and Commonwealth, just to name a few. Downtown is easy to walk around, or catch a quick cab or rideshare to hop around to some new spots.

*Escape Masquerade – Gold Spike and Inspire, two Downtown Las Vegas hotspots, are combining forces to bring us an incredible NYE experience. Guests can bounce between both locations and enjoy live music, multiple DJs, and a live feed of the ball drop in New York City. Plus, all guests will also receive a complimentary champagne toast!

Las Vegas Fireworks for New Year’s EveAttribute: Casino.org

Tips & Tricks When Traveling to Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve

With hundreds of thousands of extra guests in the city for NYE, planning ahead will save you time and hassle. Here are some tips to make the weekend easier:

1. The Las Vegas Police will shut down the Strip to cross traffic at around 4pm. To get up and down the Strip without a car, you can use the Las Vegas Monorail or the MGM Hotel monorail which takes you between MGM’s many properties, from Treasure Island all the way to Excalibur.

2. Downtown Las Vegas is sure to be a little less crazy than the Strip, but still make sure to book a hotel close to all the action so you don’t have to stress about driving. And remember, rideshare services like Lyft and Uber are your best friends! Lyft is even offering a promo code for a few bucks off your ride. Just enter LASNYE10 when booking your car.

3. Another great transportation option is RTC, the local bus system. They’ll be providing free rides for everyone who plans on drinking till after the ball drops. This includes 39 fixed routes from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m., so there’s no reason to get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.

4. Even though Vegas is known for its scorching temperatures, it can get quite chilly at night, especially if you’re walking outside. Make sure to layer so you can party all night without freezing.

Neon Las Vegas Christmas Sign

A Las Vegas Christmas with Christmas Lights & Neon Lights

Las Vegas isn’t a vacation only saved for the summertime – Christmas in Vegas can be an amazing winter retreat that’ll have you talking about the memories you make every holiday season! Whether you come with your partner, a group of friends, or your whole family, you’ll find a sleighful of activities to keep you as busy as Santa’s elves during your entire Las Vegas Christmas 2018 trip.

Sin City may not be the first place you think to bring the kids to for Christmas, but there are plenty of festive and fun things to do in Las Vegas in December to keep things merry and bright!

Las Vegas Christmas Town at Cowabunga Bay

Leave the swimsuits at home because Cowabunga Bay Water Park transforms into a winter wonderland smack-dab in the middle of the desert. With over 2 million twinkling lights, a Polar Express Train ride, and a Mistletoe Ice Rink, Las Vegas Christmas Town feels like the North Pole. You and the family will also enjoy an 100ft snow hill, bounce houses, a 40-foot dancing tree, the opportunity to have a “snowball” fight in Frosty’s Ball Pit, help Rudolph save Christmas by defeating the Abominable Snowman and the Grinch in a paint shootout, and a visit to Santa and his reindeer in his cozy cottage.

Springs Preserve

Another great option to keep you and your family entertained during your Las Vegas Christmas vacation is the iconic Springs Preserve. You can climb aboard the Springs Preserve Holiday Express and be transported to Santa’s very own wintery village. There, you and your family will create crafts together, decorate cookies, listen to storytelling, and have a one-on-one visit with Santa Claus!

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden

For an entire day of holiday cheer, start your morning off by stopping by the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden for a truly festive treat for the eye. Each holiday season, a staff of 120 extremely talented horticulturists design and construct breathtaking scenery sculpted almost entirely from trees, plants, flowers, and seeds. The 14,000-square-foot floral fairyland is especially exceptional during the winter months with added bridges, gazebos, and water features.

 Cookie Factory at Magical Forest by Opportunity VillageAttribute: Blog.Vegas.com

Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

Ask any local what they like to do in Vegas during the holidays, and they’ll tell you that the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village is a must-see. The Magical Forest includes a stroll through an enchanted forest lit up with thousands of lights, a Forest Express Passenger Train, a magical carousel, an inflatable avalanche slide, mini-golf, a mini-coaster, and photos with Santa, of course! You’ll also find food, nightly entertainment, and dozens of photo opportunities to share with friends and family back home.

LINQ Promenade

In the afternoon, take a stroll down The LINQ Promenade and you’ll instantly be transported to a winter wonderland with carolers, festive decorations, and your favorite holiday music ringing through the boulevard. Grab some lunch and shop as you observe singers, dancers, and showgirls along with a spectacular light show consisting of more than 2,000 LED lights which are synchronized to the music.

The famous High Roller even gets in on the action as it changes colors and “dances” along with the light show. For those adventurous at heart, fly like Santa and his reindeer 1,080 feet above the Promenade on the Fly LINQ zipline as all the busy shoppers bustle around beneath you!

Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan

Cap the night off at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool where you can skate on an ice rink with more than 4,200 square feet of real ice to glide over. The cost of the ice rink admission includes all-day skating access and the cost of skate rentals, however entry into the area is completely free! You’ll find toasty fire pits with lots of seating, a menu with comfort food, hot chocolate, and a variety of warm cocktails to choose from. Catch a holiday-themed double feature and enjoy a peaceful snowfall scheduled every 30 minutes.

Nevada Ballet Theater Annual Nutcracker BalletAttribute: Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Nutcracker by the Nevada Ballet Theater

You simply can’t come to Las Vegas without seeing a live show, and the Las Vegas Christmas shows are no exception! The Nevada Ballet Theatre at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center will perform the classic story, The Nutcracker, featuring beautifully choreographed dancing to the familiar musical spectacle. If you’re hoping to catch this Christmas classic, be sure to schedule your vacation accordingly as The Nutcracker is performing from December 8th – 24th.

Wizards of Winter

Mixing classical music with progressive rock, the Wizards of Winter will also be coming to Las Vegas for Christmas! If your vacation lands around December 15th, be sure to book your tickets right away. Featuring former members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper band, and more, the Wizards of Winter is a true Christmas rock ‘n roll opera guaranteed to rock your jingle bells!

A Las Vegas Christmas is a vacation you and your family will never forget! Be sure to plan ahead when booking at the Golden Gate because our warm and cozy rooms will go quickly! Located just Downtown, close to all the things to do in Las Vegas in December, the Golden Gate is the perfect place to either continue the festive fun or rest and relax from all your holiday adventures!