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Need a warm-weather break? Try Vegas.

Pacific Northwesterners tend to prefer traveling outside the summer months for one very important reason – summer is the best time of year to be in the Pacific Northwest. Except, that is, when summer comes so late that it feels like we’re cheated out of a proper hot season at all.

The remedy for an unsatisfactory summer is a trip – and thankfully there are some places not too far from Seattle that offer year-round great weather. Getting from Seattle to Las Vegas is easy with multiple daily non-stop flights on several different airlines, and although the summer months can be stiflingly hot in the Nevada desert that may be just what you’re looking for after a few too many months of not-quite-90-degree weather.

The thing is, we Pacific Northwesterners may think we want a bit of hot weather, but when we leave the air-conditioned airport in Vegas and are hit with that wall of hot desert air, it can be a bit harsh. Pretty soon, we’re seeking out more air-conditioned spaces – leaving your hotel in Las Vegas and going to shops, theatres, casinos, restaurants, etc. – and ducking into shady spots when we walk from hotel to hotel. Our pale hides just aren’t prepared for the desert.

Assuming you’ve booked a Vegas stay that’s long enough to get a bit more acclimated, you’ll have time toward the end of your trip to lounge for long hours by the pool – either to get a tan or just to enjoy the feeling of lying outside in a swimsuit and not feeling chilly. While you’re getting to that point, however, it’s important that you don’t lose all your money in the casinos – so do a bit of homework and learn about the various games. Some have better odds than others, and some are easier for beginners to enjoy without losing everything. You can learn how to play Roulette or Blackjack or any of the other games in the casinos from books and even iPhone apps – or just plant yourself with a bucket of coins in front of a slot machine making sounds you like.

Whatever you do, enjoy the heat enough that you’ll be able to conjure up that warm feeling for a good long time afterward when you’re back home and facing a Pacific Northwest winter.

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