Rain in Las Vegas can interrupt your plans to wander the Strip or bask next to the pool. Most days in this desert city are sunny, but on the days when Mother Nature decides to change things up, you'll still find plenty of things to do.
You could settle into your hotel to enjoy the casino, the restaurants, and perhaps a show, but why not take a cue from the rain and do something different? Rain in Las Vegas is definitely not the norm (it's sunny about 85% of the time). Take those raindrops as a sign that it's a good day to check out what's beyond the casino.
Your first step: Check the weather
Rain in Las Vegas can mean anything from light sprinkles to flash floods. Especially if you're visiting in late summer, also known in the desert as "monsoon season," take the time to check the official forecast.
If you're driving, be extra careful
Las Vegas is home to a melting pot of driving styles from around the world, not all of which mesh well on slippery roadways. Consider taking a taxi to avoid the hassles of slick streets and challenged drivers.
Start with art at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
It's cloudy. It's rainy (in Las Vegas, of all places). It's the perfect time to enjoy fine art, to take a seat and contemplate the finer points of composition and light. (Your art professor would be proud.) The Bellagio's small but noteworthy gallery hosts a schedule of traveling exhibits featuring esteemed artists like Monet, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol. Check the gallery's website for information about the current exhibit.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art — Photo courtesy of Berenice GarciaWhile you're at the Bellagio, you can also visit the Conservatory, located close the front desk, for another rain-proof place to wander and observe. Seasonal displays feature amazing arrangements of flowers, decorations, and animatronics.
Next stop: shopping
Caesar's Palace is just across the street from the Bellagio, and the Forum Shops will give you a place to wander and browse. This Las Vegas shopping mall is decorated with a profusion of Roman and Greek statues, just as you might expect. Overhead, you'll see an artfully done sky, but minus the rain.
You'll find shops like Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap, and H&M, along with upscale retailers like Christian Dior and Dole & Gabbana. If you want to stop for something to eat or drink, the range of restaurants is just as varied–you'll find everything from casual Mexican food at La Salsa to upscale dishes at Wolfgang Puck's Spago.
Forum Shops at Caesars Palace — Photo courtesy of inazakiraFor a cozy end to a rainy day, head to the Peppermill
It might not be cold enough for a fire, but who cares? The Peppermill’s retro décor includes a liquid fireplace, a dark and intimate interior, strong drinks, and generously sized menu items.
And what better way to end a rainy day--even one in Las Vegas--than snuggled next to a fireplace?