If you’re a sports fan that hasn’t been lucky enough to be born in Nevada, a trip to the Strip should be on your bucket list! Many people will tell you that there’s never a wrong time to visit Sin City, and for the most part, they’re right. Vegas has enough going on to make it a year-round destination for people around the world.
If your motivation is to bet on specific sports, there are certain times of the year that are better than others. Before you pack your bags, read our guide to the best times to hit the sportsbooks of Las Vegas.
Super Bowl Weekend
If you’ve never been to Vegas over the Super Bowl weekend, can you really call yourself a sports fan? While the best place to watch the Super Bowl is at the game, getting a ticket is unlikely for the majority of us. The sportsbooks of Las Vegas are definitely the next best thing.
Bettors and sports fans flock to the bright lights to set up camp in the many sportsbooks of hotel and casino resorts. Super Bowl tourism in Vegas is estimated to be worth over $410 million and fills more than 90% of the room capacity.
This single weekend offers an atmosphere like nothing you’ve ever experienced, with most resorts offering Super Bowl viewing parties, some with special package deals that include all-you-can-eat-buffets and drink promotions.
March Madness is one of the major highlights of any sports fan’s calendar, and what better place to watch all the action than in a Las Vegas sportsbook? For a start, where else can you follow multiple games simultaneously on a huge wall of TV screens?
The month brings in approximately $300 million on basketball bets and close to four million visitors, meaning things can get a little crowded, but this definitely doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting. Lines for sportsbooks form long before sunrise, and you can expect longer waits for the tellers.
One way around lines is to register for an account at the casino’s mobile betting app. Keep an eye on all the odds, place bets, and deposit and collect your cash without ever having to leave your seat or miss any of the action.
While it’s not the same as the Super Bowl or March Madness, the number of NASCAR bets made in Las Vegas has been steadily growing in recent years.
NASCAR is absolutely one of the best niche sports to bet on. Its slow rise in popularity over the last decade has increased the markets available to bet on. Take your pick from the typical futures board, head-to-head matchups, and prop bets at any of the major Las Vegas sportsbooks.
The best thing about betting on NASCAR is that races are scheduled throughout the year, with the Daytona 500, Championship Race, and the Brickyard 400 is the most popular races on the NASCAR calendar. This means you’re not limited to one weekend of action and have more freedom to fit a trip to Las Vegas into your schedule.
Over the Holidays
If crowds aren’t your thing, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter can be great times to go to Las Vegas. It’s less busy because people typically spend time with their families at home. If your own family doesn’t mind missing you for a holiday, these can be excellent times to visit without the crowds of people. Or, take them with you – Vegas can also be a great place to spend a family vacation. Plus, you can still enjoy a bet on a wide variety of sporting activities throughout the year.
Times to Avoid Visiting Vegas
Unless you enjoy the sweltering heat, we suggest avoiding the months of June, July, and August. Vegas is in the middle of a desert, and the temperatures can hit upwards of 104ºF (40ºC). While casinos and sportsbooks are kept nice and cool, a quick walk from your hotel to the entrance will have you sweating like a beast.
That said, great deals are often available on rooms during these months, when prices are lower. It’s up to you to weigh up comfort versus cash!
Also be sure to check out the business calendar of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. This gives a list of all the major events, conferences, and conventions that will be held in town, and are known to push up the cost of hotel rooms and drive down availability.
There’s Something for Everyone in Vegas
The best thing about sports is that there’s always something happening. A visit to “the city that never sleeps” is the best place to catch all that action.
Plan your next trip to Vegas to coincide with one of the year’s top sporting events and make it the vacation of a lifetime!