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- RuPaul's Drag Race LIVE! at the Flamingo Las Vegas72Witness the potential of high-production drag up close, but get ready for something more buttoned up than RuPaul’s MTV show. The line starts about an hour before the show, and sometimes the queens say hello on their way in! Drinks inside the show are pricey, so arrive early and sashay over to the Count Room for a cocktail.
- Senor Frog's Las Vegas5,819If you love dive bars and drag queens, this is your sanctuary of sequins, shots, and bottomless mimosas. Expect to pay more than a Drag Race Live! ticket, but you’ll experience top local queens and a few Ru girls at their rowdiest. Besides, if you want to forget how much it costs—well, you know what to do. Book a few weeks in advance for the best seating.
- The Garden Las Vegas4Looking for drag with a touch of glamour? Here, the refillable bevies come with the ability upgrade, the menu is à la carte, and the backdrop matches the price tag, which is higher than most. But, you’re guaranteed Ru girls in addition to other show stopping queens. Reserve early.
- Vanderpump à Paris122It’s not the only French fine dining in Vegas, but it’s the only one that comes with potential Lisa and Ken Vanderpump sightings. Plus, it’s ideal for making special memories–you can’t take a bad photo inside. Reservations are highly suggested, but spontaneous couples might sneak in at the bar, which is open seating.
- Vanderpump Cocktail Garden271Wondering if other LGBTQ+ people are flocking to Lisa’s original Vegas bar and restaurant? They are, and the hype about the espresso martinis and goat cheese balls is true, but it’s almost always packed. You can’t make reservations, but you can go when it’s less busy—after lunch, early dinner, or right when it opens at 10 a.m. Hair of the dog?
- Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton672I like to recommend this place because it’s comfortable whether you’re in Vegas to party or you just want a home base where you let your hair down. It’s a 10-minute walk to the Fruit Loop and less than 10-minutes by car to the Strip. There’s a gay-ish nightclub on the 4th floor, and you will wake up each morning (or afternoon) to all the rejuvenating rooftop pool vibes.
- Atomic Saloon Show168Sexy dinner theater is a revered tradition in Vegas, and this Western-themed fantasy with openly queer characters keeps it LGBTQ cute.
- The Neon Museum5,370This hour or so walk through the final resting place of the most famous neon lights in Vegas history is an Instagrammer’s paradise. The museum recently installed a permanent LGBTQ exhibit, featuring the same glowing signs that lit the first gay spaces. For the best photos, come at sunset, but buy your ticket early—it sells out.
- Luxor Hotel & Casino57,971Wanna soak up the sun with the beautiful people? Book your Sunday afternoon at this laid-back but popular LGBTQ pool party on the Strip. Get on the get list and arrive by 1 p.m. to skip the cover. Not all seating has shade, and the good chairs go fast, but groups and couples can reserve a cabana, which includes recliners with umbrellas.
- The Liberace Museum Collection156Calling all Liberace fans. Honor the most famous LGBTQ showman to call Vegas home with a pilgrimage to Thriller Villa for the private tour of treasures from the now defunct Liberace Museum. If you’re just looking to live vicariously through this eccentric performer’s legendary car collection (including the most bedazzled models), snap photos, and take home a quirky souvenir, the Liberace Garage is a no-brainer.
Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Las Vegas
In the words of those who've been there before ...
What is the best way to get there?
McCarran International Airport is the main commercial airport servicing Las Vegas. Shuttle buses run from the airport to Strip hotels, Downtown Las Vegas and off-strip hotels.
Greyhound offers bus services to Las Vegas with a terminal in Downtown Las Vegas.
Travelers driving to Las Vegas usually approach the Strip off the I-15 Fwy.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re visiting Las Vegas from overseas, use the State Department’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.
When is the best time to visit?
Spring (February to April): It's in summer that you’ll find Vegas’ hottest pool parties but to avoid the suntanned throngs of international party-goers, plan a visit in late spring when the pools are open, spring break is over, and the crowds are relatively thin.
However, travelers looking to snag a deal can do so in chilly December, before the holiday season kicks in.
RTC buses operate daily with popular Strip and Downtown routes running 24/7 every 15 to 20 minutes.
Many off-Strip casino hotels offer limited shuttle buses to and from the Strip for free.
The Las Vegas Monorail operates daily along the Strip with trains every 4-8 minutes.
Taxis and Rideshare
Local safety laws prohibit hailing a cab on the street. Instead, taxi stands can be found at almost every casino hotel and shopping mall. Uber and Lyft rideshare services are also readily available.
Parking is available in hotel and shopping mall garages for a fee. There is also some free and paid Strip parking available.
Find more information about parking options and prices here.
Are there local customs I should know?
- We recommend staying at one of the most popular hotels in Las Vegas, which include:
- We recommend checking out these popular tours when looking for something to do in Las Vegas:
- Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour & Hoover Dam Photo Stop with Optional Skywalk
- Grand Canyon West with Lunch, Hoover Dam Stop & Optional Skywalk
- Las Vegas Helicopter Night Flight with Optional VIP Transportation
- Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pick up
- Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
- If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Las Vegas between June and August, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between September and November.