McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas

The Unique Experience of the McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas

If you are flying on an international trip into or out of Las Vegas, there’s a high chance that you will land at or leave from McCarran International Airport. This Las Vegas airport is the central hub for the city and the surrounding districts.

What’s more, it welcomes at least 10 million passengers every year, making it the 30th busiest airport (based on passenger traffic) in the world. Due to this, there’ll likely be imminent delays while you are waiting for your flight.

The good news is that McCarran International Airport is a destination in itself, with many different attractions, such as restaurants and shops. Below are the things you can do on a delay or layover at the McCarran International Airport.

Spa Service

Hours of waiting for your flight can leave you feeling awful and dirty. At XpresSpa, you can treat yourself to much-needed care and pampering. Here, you can get a massage, blow dry, hair cut, mani-pedi, or facial.

Treatment at this spa is an excellent use of your time at the McCarran International Airport, whether you want to feel your best or get glammed up before your flight.  End your tension and stress of traveling with XpresSpa’s relaxing foot, neck, back, hand, and arm massage.

What’s more, you can take a 30-minute shower for $40. Consider joining XpresSpa’s loyalty program to earn one point for every one dollar spent here and receive discounts and offers.


Because you are in Las Vegas, America’s gambling capital, you can find slot machines throughout the McCarran International airport. Slot machines are an excellent way to win some money before your flight or to familiarize yourself with gambling upon your arrival.

Since the slot machines are almost everywhere in the airport, you can play several games wherever your gate is located. You also don’t need to worry about waiting in line because there are at least 1300 slot machines in total. Travelers in any other airport in the world would have to resort to online slots instead.


Having a few drinks at the airport bars is one definite way to pass the time at the McCarran International Airport. There are many eateries in the airport, and most of them are full-service bars.

Have a margarita or sangria while you nibble on chips and dips at Chili. On the other hand, enjoy a pint and the mood at Corcoran’s Irish Pub. What’s more, for an extensive wine and beer list and unique cocktails, head to the full-service bar in Terminal 1 called Crafted.

Eat Healthy Meals

Traveling can make you eat one detrimental meal after another. Whether you are trying to eat better after several days of dining out or saving your cravings for your destination, head to Rachel’s Kitchen for a healthy meal.

This eatery serves many different salads, wraps, and sandwiches. The good news is that you can bring them on the plane. Rachel’s Kitchens also offers breakfast options for early departures and arrivals.

You can try one of Rachel’s Kitchen’s fresh-squeezed smoothie or juices if you are in the mood for something small. You can make it more filling by adding protein powder.

Go Shopping

If you have a lot of waiting time before your flight, go shopping. The shops inside the airport compete with those out in Las Vegas. You can pick up souvenirs or gifts from world-renowned designers such as Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors, and Alex and Ani.

Shop at duty-free retail stores from some discounts on tobacco, spirits, perfume, fashion, and more.

Work Out

Some people find themselves uneasy and anxious while traveling due to several hours of waiting and sitting on a small airplane seat. The good news is that you can work off that bottled-up energy at the airport’s Zero Level Fitness Center.

This state-of-the-art and spacious gym has free weights, special fitness equipment, and almost everything you will need for a full-body workout. Zero Level Fitness Center offers massages, changing rooms, and showers, too. All of these features are available for airport travelers with day passes.

Lounge Area

If you need a breather before your flight, you can stay at the airport’s lounge area. There are three lounges at the airport, and two are exclusive to members only. Anyone can have a relaxing time at The Club Lounge when they buy a day pass.

Here, you can enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks. You can also watch television, read a magazine, and whatnot.


The McCarran International Airport is just as exciting and entertaining as the city where it is located, Las Vegas. Whether you are picking a loved one at the airport or waiting for a delayed flight, there are many things you can do to kill time, such as checking into the lounge, hitting the gym, and gambling at slot machines.

Author Bio

Annalise Weathers is a writer at She primarily writes about gambling, travel, and business. Annalise loves to walk her dogs in the park when not working.

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