Four seasons in one Las Vegas dayPosted on: 02 November 2009 by Mark O'haire
Winter, spring, summer or fall – all you need is a visit to the legendary Las Vegas where there’s much more than streams of casinos and extravagant hotels.
As the British summer fades and the temptation to get some winter sun kicks in, Las Vegas offers the perfect getaway.
Its average autumnal temperature hovers around 28 degrees, but when the sun gets too much for delicate British complexions, there are plenty of ways to get some respite – head to the ski slopes, enjoy a spring day in ‘Paris’ or take in the reds and golds of Red Rock Canyon.
Be a ski bum
Just 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort is an easy trip from the city, yet a whole other world away. As you drive away from the desert valley floor and into the forested mountainside, you’ll enjoy temperatures up to 30 degrees cooler than the city – and between November and April, you can ski or board the resort’s 11 runs and enjoy its average annual snowfall of 120 inches.
If you’re more a fan of après ski than the sport itself, treat yourself to a stay at Mount Charleston Lodge instead. A series of 23 log cabins set atop Mount Charleston at 7,700 feet, the lodge is a Las Vegas treasure, equally as popular with locals as tourists.
Paris in the Springtime
Frank Sinatra might have sung about Paris, but he lived, worked and partied in Las Vegas. Follow in ol’ blue eyes’ footsteps and enjoy the best of both worlds at Paris Las Vegas. The hotel and casino not only boasts great shopping, a buzzing café culture and excellent cuisine, but it even has replicas of the city’s most famous landmarks, including a 50-story, half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower.
Further along the strip at the famous Venetian hotel, you’ll find a carbon copy of the Paris Opera House where the incredible story of the Phantom of the Opera unfolds.
Summer at the beach
Set over 11 acres and with 2,700 tonnes of sand, Mandalay Bay Beach is just like being by the seaside – only much, much better. Take a stroll in the sand, cool off in one of the three swimming pools, surf the wave pool or drift in the lazy river when the desert heat gets too much. Dry off in the shade and make the most of the personalised service from the luxury of your daybed, cabana or bungalow.
Autumn colours at Red Rock Canyon
A 197,000-acre national park set within the Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon is unlike anywhere else in the world. With nearly 2000 species of plants and 45 species of wildlife set against a vibrant red backdrop, it offers a fascinating alternative to leaf-peeping. The park has over 30 miles of trails which can be explored by hiking, mountain-biking, horse-riding and rock-climbing tours.
Round off the day with a visit to the luxurious spa retreat, Red Rock Canyon Resort and choose from dozens of holistic treatments. The C The Difference Facial which combines Vitamin C and anti-oxidants to leave your skin glowing and revitalised is the perfect pre-winter treat.
For fair-weather leaf-peepers, the elegant and luxurious Encore Las Vegas is a perfect alternative – the hotel boasts a series of atriums where manicured plants and colourful flowers thrive in the natural sunlight.
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