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Flying from UK, how long to stay?

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Flying from UK, how long to stay?

We've been dreaming of Vegas for a few years now but we are unsure if a four night trip would be worth it. Is it too far? Would we spend the whole time tired from the journey? Any thoughts from previous visitors would be gratefully received. Thanks!

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1. Re: Flying from UK, how long to stay?

Funnily enough, we've just booked a four night trip for December.

In the past we have been for 7 and 9 nights and have booked a 10 night trip for May.

We have always said that we wouldnt go for less than a week due to the jet lag, but saw that the Killers are playing at Cosmo and couldnt resist booking!

We plan to just go hell for leather whilst we're there and worry about the tiredness when we get home!

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2. Re: Flying from UK, how long to stay?

This question and ones similar to it are asked here relatively frequently. You may want to try a forum search to see some other threads.

My own take is this. Many will disagree but for me, 4-5 nights in Vegas is ideal. Even though I have a great time there, there's a limit to everything and that timeframe is mine. However I appreciate that when you're spending 11 hours or more on a plane and crossing 8 time zones, things are a little different! If you have longer, say 7, 10 or even 14 days, combine Vegas with one or more of the other great places to visit in the western US. Whether that's cities like San Francisco or San Diego or one or two of the amazing national parks is entirely down to your personal preference.

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3. Re: Flying from UK, how long to stay?

Going next April for the 3rd 14 night trip we'll have done in 6 years and we're currently making a list of all the places we've yet to visit.. Personally wouldn't go for less too far to travel.... time difference too much. However you need substantial spends for a trip that long in Vegas, even when you're low rollers like us.

Objectively 7 nights would be ok if you have the energy to rush about like VicW..lol

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4. Re: Flying from UK, how long to stay?

Personally, i found a 4 night trip perfectley fine, went Mon-Thurs no real problem with jet lag.Plus as you won't get to see everything it's a perfect excuse to go again.

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5. Re: Flying from UK, how long to stay?

It's hard question to answer.....I'd say a week is about the minimum for the amount of travelling us Brits have to do. Especially if it's not a direct flight to Vegas.

Took me about a week to properly get over the jetlag when I got home, and feeling that rubbish for just 4 days of Vegas I don't think would be worth it, IMO. As much as I love the place!

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6. Re: Flying from UK, how long to stay?

I done 5 nights this year was pretty sufficient and gave me a good excuse to go back next year only took me a day to fall in love with the place!!!!!

Doing 7 nights next year though as I felt a couple more days would be perfect for me personally

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7. Re: Flying from UK, how long to stay?

The jetlag when you arrive isn't a serious problem. Even if you're waking up at 4am there are a lot of places open then and there's plenty to do. My advice is not to fight it, make use of it! The casino floor is great for people watching at that time of day.

4 days does seem a wee bit short though for such a long journey. At least 7 would be better if you can manage it. The shortest trip we've done is 9 nights and it was nowehere near long enough!!

You haven't mentioned anything about budget, but there are plenty of good hotels that are relatively cheap compared to what you'll find elsewhere in the US. We're over in June/July and have already reduced our planned 8 night stay in SF to 4 nights because we're not paying the prices quoted for a hotel room that we'll hardly be in. So we're now spending more time in Vegas :))

And getting back to the jetlag, coming back is horrendous!

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8. Re: Flying from UK, how long to stay?

Taking account of the cost of the air fare and the travel time I personally think you need to spend longer than 4 days to get value for money/time.

You could spend more than 4 days in LV but my preference would be to combine LV with another location such as LV + New York or LV + San Francisco etc.

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9. Re: Flying from UK, how long to stay?

I wouldn't stay for just four nights, but I know people who have. You're not going to have any real issue with jetlag going that way for the reasons that Mikey0762 stated but you will get it on the way back and it seems an awfully long journey for a realitively short space of time. Five or six nights would probably be my minimum.

Have you been before? At least if you have then you won't spend the first couple of days getting blown away by the place.

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10. Re: Flying from UK, how long to stay?

I would say minimum 6 nights as you will probably lose 1-2 days due to jetlag and you won't get the full-on Vegas experience. We did 4 nights a couple of years ago as part of a 3 week holiday but we drove to Grand Canyon for 1 night after the first 2 nights and it was nowhere near enough time. We are doing 3 weeks again next October and will be doing 6 nights in Vegas after doing 3 nights in Boston and 4 nights in New York and will then finish off with 6 nights in Santa Monica.