A bright light in the vast expanse of the Nevada desert, Las Vegas is famous for its family friendly resorts and neon-encrusted strip of casinos. With temperatures averaging up to 20 degrees warmer than the U.S. average, March is an opportune time to head outdoors and enjoy outdoor activities under the vast expanse of usually blue skies.

Bathing Suit

Most Vegas hotels have heated swimming pools and hot tubs open in March where you can soak up sunshine at an outdoor pool. Kick back at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's Paradise Beach, set on 3 acres of sandy beach cozying up to a lazy river, or try your luck at the swim-up blackjack table at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace. Be sure to bring your sun shades, hat and UV sunscreen. Many resorts have private poolside cabanas, some with big screen TVs and refrigerators.

A Night..or Day...at the Museum

Las Vegas' restaurants, museums and art galleries maintain a business casual dress code. Long pants paired with a collared shirt or blouse is appropriate apparel. Athletic shoes and colored "kicks" are not appropriate footwear at most establishments. Dress in layers that are easily shed to cope with days that can be in the high 70s and nights that can drop 30 degrees or more within just a couple hours. The city's cultural corridor includes traditional cultural activities like the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts as well as family friendly activities like the Discovery Children's Museum, where kids will find activities to fascinate them for a full day, and the Neon Museum Boneyard which has more than 2 acres of vintage neon signs.

Little Black Dress

While business casual attire will admit you to most restaurants and shows, Las Vegas nightclubs and select resort restaurants will turn you away at the door if you're wearing athletic shoes, jerseys, sports hats or T-shirts. A few restaurants require jacket and tie, such as Le Cirque, Michael Mina, Olives at the Bellagio and Alex at the Wynn. For women, a calf- or ankle-length dress will keep your legs from getting chilly as nighttime temperatures drop. Bring a shawl, blazer or other wrap to keep you cozy when you step back outside at the evening's end.

Winter and Summer Gear

The mountains and desert surrounding Las Vegas are filled with opportunities to hike, bike and camp, and sunny days in the 70s are a perfect time to enjoy them. Spring wildflowers begin blanketing the desert in early March and baby wildlife is often seen late in the month. Bring comfortable hiking shoes and dress in lightweight layers that can be shoved in your day pack when not needed. Nights are usually in the 40s or below, so bring your winter sleeping bag and cozy pajamas if you're planning a camp-out during this month.