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Shall we go in February or August?

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Shall we go in February or August?

My husband and I really want to go to Las Vegas next year. Unfortunately the only time we are free to go is either February or August.

I know that it's winter in Feb and v.hot in August. So downsides to both.

Which would you chose out of those?

We may possibly have some days free in May but its looking to be alot more expensive than Feb/August so we wouldn't be able to go for as long. We're flying from the UK.

Thanks for your help! x

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1. Re: Shall we go in February or August?

A lot comes down to budget. February tends to be a lot more expensive than August as you can invariably get great deals during the hot summer months. February is prime convention season with comfortable weather and this means higher hotel rates.

If my budget stretched to it, I would always take February over August simply as it's that much more comfortable.

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2. Re: Shall we go in February or August?

My vote would be August, hands-down. Enjoy the sun and heat by the pool. Stay mid-strip so that you don't have to walk far between the sights--and can always duck in to a casino to cool off.

It will be cheaper then, too.

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3. Re: Shall we go in February or August?

ssbrit,

You have a lot of time to find yourself some vacation bargains. You'll get a big education here.

I'm going for my first time Wed. I'm just glad I finally am getting to go.

DOT

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4. Re: Shall we go in February or August?

I tend to agree with Blagger. August heat is a killer in the desert. Since I live in Berkshire now, I know the UK weather. Even when I lived in the US, the summer heat in Vegas was a killer, and now that I live over here, it would be even worse. Also, airfares across the Atlantic are more expensive in summer than winter. So, any savings you might make on hotel accomodations in summer would be taken away by higer air fares.

I've been to Vegas a few times in Feb, usually it's upper 50's-60's during the day, cooler at night, but it can also be much warmer than that. One Feb it was between 70-80 every day, so you never know. I must prefer the Feb temps to the summer ones. In fact, I'm going to Vegas on Sept 3 and now think I must have booked our trip during a daft moment since I know it will still be stifling hot when we arrive!

Blagger, I'm really not following you around today, purely accidental that it might seem that way!!

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5. Re: Shall we go in February or August?

For your first time, I would go in February. You will want to walk around and see the casinos. In August, it will be too damn hot to do that. It will be more expensive, but I think you'll enjoy it more.

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6. Re: Shall we go in February or August?

I would choose August. I would much rather be running around in shorts that having to wear a jacket. Also, you can go to the pools in the Summer.

One of my favorite things to do in Vegas is sit on the upper patio at Margaritaville. Would not be able to do that in February.

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7. Re: Shall we go in February or August?

I accept that you're not stalking me gabby! That's a very good point about the flights from the UK being considerably cheaper in February. That should easily offset the higher hotel rates if you opt to go then.

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8. Re: Shall we go in February or August?

ssbrit,

You have a lot of time to find yourself some vacation bargains. You'll get a big education here.

I'm going for my first time Wed. I'm just glad I finally am getting to go.

DOT

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9. Re: Shall we go in February or August?

I'm not exactly sure which would be better but my first trip ever was in August and my second trip will be in August again later this month. I think the heat adds to the experience as part of being in the desert. Plus, in August you could enjoy relaxing by the pool with drink in hand.

If you can find it for cheaper I would go in August because you are going to have a great time either way and at least there is no humidity.

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10. Re: Shall we go in February or August?

I have come to expect the crazy heat in Vegas and was actually disappointed when I went in February one year! LOL! I prefer August as I want to have a "tropical" feel to my vacation. Plus, I get a break from the gambling by sitting at the pool.