Yes I went to Vegas in January. Why? Because it’s Vegas and I don’t really need a good reason to go! Vegas shouldn’t only be an amazing getaway trip in the summer. I have friends who have gone in November, others in February and all have said that it’s still a great time. So since my sister in law came to visit for a couple weeks, why not spend a few days in Vegas??
I’m writing this for anyone who’s wanting to go to Vegas but is unsure if they should book now or wait until better weather. This is solely on our experience so keep in mind everyone’s trip is different.
We booked our trip for 4 nights at the Excalibur. We found a great deal and just went for it. Now, going in January has its pros and cons.
Unfortunately during this time of year, the weather isn’t as nice as it would be in the summer or even in the spring. It would reach about 14 degrees (57.2 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day and dip down to about 3 degrees (37.4 degrees Fahrenheit) overnight. So if you’re lucky, you can still catch beautiful weather. The temperature is my biggest con as it’s way too cold for any pool parties. Nights are also cold so it’s hard to want to leave the hotel as often.
In the winter, there will always be at least one club that most people will go to each night of the week. But you just don’t have as many options as you would in the summer.
A big upside to going this time of year is that there aren’t as many people. Because of the weather, there are hardly any lineups anywhere. From restaurants, to Uber rides, to ordering a drink from a bar. There’s less traffic on the road so you get to places faster. Everything is just simpler and faster this time of year. Even walking up and down the strip is less hectic.
And of course we can’t forget about the cheaper hotel and flight rates. What a difference it makes looking into a trip to Vegas in January. Of course you can save even more money if you’re flexible with weekdays like we were.
Shop at the Outlet Malls
Spend a day at either the North Premium Outlet Mall or the South Premium Outlet Mall. It’s all outdoor so you don’t feel like you’re just stuck inside all day. If you’ve got the time, why not spend it looking for some great deals!
Go to the Gun Range
My sister in law had always wanted to go shooting and since we weren’t going to any pool parties this time around, we thought it would be a good opportunity for her to try it out. We went to The Range 702 and the man who assisted us was very helpful and put her at ease as it was her first time. It was a very quick session so if you’re pressed for time but you still want to give it a go, you can get it done in about an hour from the moment you walk in to when you leave.
Watch Shows and Concerts
There are amazing discounts on shows this time of year. You basically walk through your hotel and yes they’ll ask you some questions but they’ll offer you some amazing deals on not only shows but restaurants as well. We didn’t catch any of the shows this trip, but you’ve definitely got a lot to choose from. A couple years ago I went to see KA by Cirque du Soleil with a friend of mine. It was amazing and definitely made me want to see more of the Cirque du Soleil shows.
Gambling is also better to do in the winter because again there aren’t as many people roaming the hotels like there are in the summer. Tables are way less crowded and you can walk over to your favourite slot machine every night and it’ll most likely be available. Of course this is great to do any time of the year. But since you probably have more time at least during the day, it’s always fun. I mean, they serve you drinks while you play! Winning.
Visit Fremont Street (Old Vegas)
This was my first time visiting the Fremont Experience in Old Vegas and I have to say it was quite the experience. It’s a bit grungier than the strip but it’s definitely something worth doing at least once. We didn’t get to zip line as it was super cold out. I applaud everyone who was on that thing with the cold wind in their faces. I’ll definitely want to try it in the summer though.
All in all we had a great time in Vegas as we usually do. Even though the weather wasn’t as great for us, we made the most of it and did other activities we had never done yet in Vegas. In my opinion, it’s always cool to experience a different kind of Vegas trip each time you go.
Until next time Vegas!
Also, my heart goes out to everyone affected by the Vegas shooting back in October. #vegasstrong
“You can’t buy happiness but you can go to Vegas and that’s kind of the same thing.” – Hard Rock