McCarran International Airport is the principal commercial airport that serves Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada, United States. Located in an unincorporated area in Clark County Paradise, Las Vegas, McCarran spans about 2,800 acres and houses four runways and three terminals, making it a focus city and the largest operation base both for Allegiant Air and Southwest Airlines. Adding to Allegiant Air and Southwest Airlines would be the Spirit Airlines, in which the airline chose the airport as its crew and maintenance base in 2012. That same year, McCarran ranked 24th and eighth busiest airport in the world for passenger traffic and aircraft movements, respectively. McCarran is owned by Clark County and operated by Clark County Department of Aviation (DOA).
Approximately five miles away (8km) from the McCarran airport lies the largest city in the United States – Las Vegas. Its location in the Mojave Desert literally speaks for the name of the city itself, which means the meadows in Spanish. In spite of its location, Las Vegas earned the title Entertainment Capital of the World due to its numerous mega-hotel and casino complexes that is ostentatious in itself with its fine-crafted architecture details. Each casino is finely crafted with pertinent attention to details, that often adopts names and themes that imbibes romance, mystery, and exotic destinations.
Its location in the desert makes Las Vegas have a sunny, dry, and extremely hot summers, but with low humidity during summer, and cooler atmosphere during winter. Las Vegas rarely experience snowfall, but the mountains surrounding it are capped with snow. To enjoy Las Vegas at its finest, visiting the city during spring and fall are advised. In particular, visiting the city on March, April, May, October, and November makes the heat bearable and enjoyable. So bring on the heat to this city during these times.
There is more to Las Vegas than ostentatious casinos and extravagant hotels, but still grand. America’s largest indoor theme, The Adventuredome at Circus Circus is promising to thrill young and old folks alike with its 25 rides and attractions that are sure to wow kids and kids-at-heart. For car enthusiasts, visiting The Auto Collections at The Quad (the former Imperial Palace) is like reaching paradise, a haven of classic cars wherein people can buy and trade more than 200 fully restored cars. Las Vegas is not only for those seeking entertainment, it’s also for science geeks who loves to be entertained. Visiting BODIES, the exhibition at Luxor is infotainment at its best, featuring 13 whole-body specimens and more than 260 organs and partial body real human specimens that are meticulously dissected and preserved, giving onlookers a complex look at the body system. To get a glimpse inside a mob’s mind, the Mob Attraction at Tropicana is the place to be. It offers an unusual entertainment experience that takes guests on a fun and interactive journey through the world of organised crime. For carefree strolls, a walk inside the Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio houses a tremendous flower garden that changes display every month or two. For a long walk, try walking out the entire Las Vegas Strip, which is approximately 6.8km in length, and help yourself to posh sceneries.
“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” so says a popular adage. Lots of activities await thrill seekers at heart. While in Las Vegas, riding a Gondola at the Venetian Hotel is a must, since this includes a visit to St. Mark’s Square. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. To see Las Vegas, try joining The Hunt Las Vegas. This is not limited to Limo Scavenger Hunt throughout the city, but also includes thrills and visits to the city hotspots (including both the Strip and Downtown). All things fun and fancy goes in Las Vegas, and learning sexy dance at Stripper 101 adds to a delightful experience. To experience extreme outdoor adventure, go to Red Rock Canyon, wherein it features hundreds of traditional gear and sport routes. Climbing is also feasible, which is advisable during spring and fall.
How to get around within Las Vegas
McCarran Airport is being served by RTC Transit, the public bus service of the Las Vegas Alley. RTC buses have routes stopping at Route No. 108, with connecting service to Downton Las Vegas & Bonneville Transit Center, Route No. 109, which services the South Strip Transfer Terminal. The Westcliff Airport Express provides direct bus service to The Strip around MGM Grand, New York City, while the Strip & Downtown Express bus service along The Strip connects with Route 109 at the South Strip Transfer Terminal.
How to get there
The McCarran International Airport is being serviced by various airlines such as Aeroméxico, Air Canada Rouge, Air Europa, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Delta Airlines, British Airways, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, among others.
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