Situated in the middle of the Nevada desert a two hour drive Northeast of Los Angeles is the city of Las Vegas, one of the top tourist destinations not only in America but also worldwide. Also known as “Sin City” due to its adult theme entertainment origins going back to its early days in the 1940s, Las Vegas lays claim to many of world’s finest and most extravagant hotel casinos and related entertainment attractions. The desert city is home to more than two million residents and attracts 37 million annual tourist visits.
The main attractions of Las vegas include entertainment, shows, dining, night clubs, gambling, and numerous Vegas attractions. Las Vegas is know as the city that never sleeps and the unique mix of sun, sizzle and fun combine to make a visit to Vegas a recommended tourist stop for those who have never been, and Vegas attracts millions of repeat visitors every year. Las Vegas is the city that other gambling cities in the world try to compare themselves to, as Vegas truly is the world benchmark when it comes to gaming and entertainment based local economies.
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Split between the world famous “Strip” and downtown Las Vegas where it all began in the 1940s, there are so many things to see, places to visit, events to take in and places to eat. This all makes Las Vegas a very special holiday destination. But it is best not to bring your children as Las Vegas is very much themed for adults. If visiting Vegas for the first time it is best to learn about some the most popular places to see and visit.
Hotels are available to fit every budget from the very basic Motel 6 and Hooters to the Flamingo, Harrah’s and Planet Hollywood in the mid range, all the way up the luxurious Cesar’s Palace, Venetian and Bellagio at the top of the spectrum. The Mirage is one of the first of the newest generation hotels on the strip but it priced towards the higher range and attracts a more mature and affluent clientele, and the hotel at the Mirage is beautiful and relaxing.
Vegas is also famous for its food and restaurants and buffets. The city offers some of the best dining in the United States. We always recommend Le Village Buffet at Paris as well as Cravings at the Mirage which is also a highly rated buffet. When finished at the dinner table, most people spend an evening wandering around the lively Casinos and perhaps taking in a show or having a well deserved drink in a Martini bar.
Not only is Vegas famous for its crap tables, slot machines, and roulette wheels, big ticket betters will find special private gaming areas in all of the hotel casinos where they will be pampered for with complimentary drinks and eats while they are gaming. Some of the most famous high end gaming Casino’s include Paris, Venetian, MGM Grand, Bally’s, Cesar’s Palace, Bellagio and Wynn.
Be sure to take in at least one show when you are in Las Vegas. There are many last minute ticket seller kiosks up and down the strip where you can purchase discounted show same day show tickets which result in significant savings versus buying show tickets in advance. Many of the large hotels on the strip are home to their own Cirque show, but magic, comedy, song and dance and impersonator acts are also very popular in Las Vegas. Some of the well known Vegas institutions include Celine Dion, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, The Caveman, Carrot Top, Blue Man Group, Elton John, Divas, Anthony Cools, Donny and Marie, and many, many others.
When in Vegas you might also want to take in a popular day trip to the Hoover Dam and the the Grand Canyon, with tours available by bus and airplane. There is also the famous Mob Museum, Car Museum at the Quad, The National Atomic Testing Museum, Madame Tussaud’s at the Venetian, the mini Eiffel tour at Paris, thew shark tank at Mandalay Bay, The Stratosphere, and the list goes on and on.
Las Vegas is a truly fabulous place for your holiday as it offers so much variety of things to see and do, combined with fabulous weather, and in many cases, reasonable prices. Have fun and be sure to include Las Vegas in your holiday plans. You’ll be pleased you did!