Las Vegas can be a really fun romantic vacation. Even though it's sometimes marketed as a loud "party till-you-drop" destination, the city has actually grown up a lot in the last 10 tears. There's a lot for couples to do here, everyone from newlyweds to those on a second honeymoon or a 40th anniversary trip.
Many of the resorts along the Strip are, as you've no doubt heard, huge and spectacular. If you holiday in Vegas during the low season (June to August) or come during the odd slow week, it's possible to stay in a very nice room in a high-rise luxury resort for far less than you would pay just about anywhere else.
For getting up and down the Strip, you don’t really need a car (ours just ended up staying in the hotel parking garage!) There's hotel trolley buses, taxis, shuttles, and the Las Vegas Monorail. The Monorail is an especially easy way to get all the way from the MGM Grand Resort on the South to the SLS Las Vegas Hotel on the north end. It's great for seeing the all the lights at night too.
Las Vegas is ideal for romantic travelers and honeymooners who love dining, live entertainment and a bit of shopping (although depending on your income level, it may be more like window shopping). If you hate crowds of any type and enjoy natural scenery more than man-made, we say skip Vegas and think more about other destinations in the southwest U.S. (Arizona) and coastal Central & Northern California.
Las Vegas Vacation Weather: Las Vegas gets warm around April, and bakes in scorching heat from June through September. These are the months where your outdoor activities will involve either laying by the hotel pool and ordering a drink, or spending time indoors at a resort or shopping complex. The rest of the year can be pleasant, although winter can bring cool temps and wind, and is the season for indoor entertainment.
Venetian Hotel & Resort - If this is your first time to Vegas, make the Venetian one of your first stops. You will be blown away by what they've created: a replica of Venice, Italy! Complete with romantic Gondolas sailing down the Grand Canal, with singing gondoliers!
If you don't think you'll make it to Venice Italy in your life, splurge for the ride here, which is certainly one of the most romantic things to do in Las Vegas.. The "budget, less romantic, share the boat excursion with others" price is $19.95/person (2015 rates), but honeymooners will require the private 2-person ride for $79.80.
Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant - This Parisian-style bistro (at Paris Las Vegas of course) can add a little French flair to your romantic Vegas vacation. They serve a delectable Quiche, and you'll love the atmosphere while sipping a drink and people-watching from their outdoor patio (at Paris Las Vegas, 3655 South Las Vegas Blvd). Oh, you might want to come back to PLV later that evening...
Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas - While it can't quite match Paris France, Las Vegas' Eiffel Tower's will still reward you with a splendid view of the Strip from 50 stories up. Evening rides up are a bit more expensive (2015 rates: $16.50 evening vs $11.50 daytime), but then again it's twice as spectacular at night when you can take in all the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Romantic Restaurant: the 11th floor Eiffel Tower Restaurant is right there for before/after dining.
While you're up there in the evening, face west and look down...
Bellagio Hotel - You'll have to look far and wide for a better free light and water show than the Fountains of Bellagio. The Bellagio's Botanic Gardens & Fountains are the perfect place for a romantic after dinner stroll (nightly shows every 15 min after 7 PM).
Romantic Dinner at the Bellagio Hotel: Prime Steakhouse and Picasso have good views of the fountains. We dined at Olives which also has some lakefront seating. It's recommended that you reserve well in advance for a later evening dinner to enjoy the fountain & light show in all it's glory.
Las Vegas Nevada Spa Tub Suites - You can easily give your accommodation a romantic upgrade by booking a Las Vegas hotel hot tub suite for your next getaway. We shopped around an got an excellent deal on a 1 bedroom Jetted Tub Suite at the Signature at MGM Grand.
Walking Along Las Vegas Blvd - Not the whole Strip (would take you a few hours!), but just small pieces of it, including the many smaller pedestrian shopping malls and walkways that connect to it, like the LineQ Hotel's Shopping District and the fabulous area around the Venetian and Palazoo resorts.
One early evening on our last Las Vegas vacation getaway in June 2015, we rode the Las Vegas Monorail from the MGM Grand up to Harrah's, and then walked the Strip all the way back. Pleasant temperatures, all the lights, people watching, and always something going on.
A) High Roller Ferris Wheel - There's several choices when it comes to high-altitude scenic views of the Las Vegas Strip, but for romantic Vegas vacationers, this 550 ft high newcomer to the Strip's skyline is a classy option. It's not just another ride, but it's the highest Ferris Wheel in the world! Of note: they have a deal called "The Happiest Half Hour in Vegas" which is a 30 minute ride that comes with an open bar inside.
If the Ferris Wheel is just not high enough for you...
B) Stratosphere Hotel & Tower - A quick elevator ride over 800 ft straight up brings you to the Air Bar at this resort at the north end of Las Vegas Blvd. Happy Hour usually lasts from 4 to 7, so hang around for the spectacular views of the Strip at sunset. The outside observation deck is just 1 floor up, so you can even step outside and take in the fresh desert breeze along with the views.
And if even the Stratosphere is not high enough...
C) Helicopter Flight Over the Vegas Strip at Night - This is a great way to surprise/impress your spouse! If you've never been on a helicopter before, Vegas is a terrific place to start. Helicopter tour companies are competitive, so prices are cheap, and most will pick you up right at your hotel or resort.
Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel - Right in the middle of the hustle and party atmosphere of the Las Vegas Strip is the Mandarin Oriental hotel. It's one of the more exclusive hotels here, and probably too expensive for your Las Vegas vacation stay.
But that doesn't mean that every part of it is out of reach. The hotel has a terrific lounge called the Mandarin Bar, and it's got 2 essentials for your romantic getaway: great views of the Strip, and a cocktail and appetizer list that, while not cheap, is certainly within reach of most couple's travel budget. Spend an hour or so here around sunset and you might agree with us that it's certainly one of Las Vegas' most romantic bars. When you walk into the hotel lobby, turn right to enter the elevators and proceed up to the 23rd floor.
Las Vegas Resort Pools - If you travel to Vegas from a cooler climate at home (like we do), you really look forward to sun, heat and a pool. Many Las Vegas resort pools are outstanding, and some of our best Vegas vacation memories come from time spent by the pool, like the MGM Grand's Lazy River, or the Pool at the Encore.
Before you begin the search for a couple of open recliners, we suggest renting a poolside lounger or daybed. They're cheaper than a full Cabana, and some of them are "pod-like" (like the one we got above at the MGM Grand). They provide you with a good amount of shade, which allows you to relax and easily spend 4 or 5 hours poolside, even in the 100 F+ heat of a Vegas summer. Many of them operate on a resort credit basis, so while the charge might be $100, it gives you up to a $100 credit on food and drinks. Really, if you were going to go out for lunch instead and spend $50 or $60, it's quite reasonable, and rather romantic!
Slotzilla Zip Line - OK, I admit, we were too chicken to try it, but for adventurous, thrill seeking couples, side-by-side zip lining the entire length of the Freemont Street experience seems like a blast! Have a look at the video we shot below...
We cover romantic hotels in Las Vegas more in-depth in our site here. In the meantime, here's an idea of how other romantic travelers on Las Vegas vacation getaways rate some of the best resort hotels on Las Vegas Blvd for romance:
1. Bellagio Hotel
2015 Rating* for Romantic Las Vegas Hotels: 92% - Excellent
2. Venetian Hotel Resort
2015 Rating* for Romantic Las Vegas Resorts: 89% - Very Good
3. The Palazoo Resort
2015 Rating* for Romantic Las Vegas Resorts: 92% - Excellent
2015 Rating* for Romantic Las Vegas Resorts: 91% - Excellent
5. Aria Resort
2015 Rating* for Romantic Las Vegas Resorts: 88% - Very Good
*ERV Rating for Couples: our unique, non-scientific rating formula for romantic hotels which includes: