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Las Vegas Travel Guide, Nevada

Las Vegas is situated in the lower part of the state of Nevada and sits in the center of the Mojave Desert. Who would have guessed to find in the desert, a city of lights, and all you can eat buffets, casinos and the ultimate city of entertainment?

Las Vegas (often informally abbreviated to 'Vegas') is the most populous city in the state of Nevada, United States, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally known vacation, shopping, entertainment, and gambling destination. It was established in 1905 and officially became a city in 1911. It is the largest U.S. city founded in the 20th century.

The name Las Vegas is often applied to the unincorporated areas of Clark County that surround the city, especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip. This 4½ mi (7.2 km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard is mostly outside the Las Vegas city limits, in the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester.

The center of gambling in the United States, Las Vegas is marketed as The Entertainment Capital of the World, also commonly known as Sin City or Vice City, due to the popularity of legalized gambling, availability of alcoholic beverages at any time (as is true throughout Nevada), and various forms and degrees of adult entertainment. The city's glamorous image has made it a popular setting for films and television programs.

The skyline of Vegas is an eclectic array, dreamed up by the moguls of the fabulous theme hotels, you'll see an Ancient Pyramid, the Statue of Liberty, a few blocks down the Eiffel Tower and an exploding volcano.

Downtown Las Vegas is the nostalgic part of Las Vegas with brightly lit and sparkly neon signs that illuminate the night sky. It’s only fit that the first neon sign was lit here in 1929. The famous cowboy neon sign stands here and this stretch is also home to the Binion’s Hotel & Casino that holds the infamous World Series of Poker event.

The casinos in Las Vegas are almost as famous for entertainment as they are for gambling. But we’ve come a long way from cookie-cutter chorus girls on every stage, although you can still enjoy them at nostalgia productions like Jubilee! at Bally’s and Folies Bergere at the Tropicana. Now, every taste can be accommodated. You like amazing acrobats? Try any Cirque du Soleil show. Magic? Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo is the king with Siegfried & Roy on permanent hiatus. Golden-throated vocals? Clint Holmes at Harrah’s is one contender for Wayne Newton’s crown. Musical impressions? Few people alive can match the range and variety of Danny Gans at the Mirage. And that just scratches the surface. If your pocketbook can take the strain, you can reserve seats noon to midnight for an entire long weekend in a place like Vegas, and you’ll still leave several shows unseen.

Just be prepared to rise at noon and feast on endless amounts of food at 3am. Vegas is about fun. As they say, 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. So live it up in Vegas!

Hanging around in Las Vegas? Don't miss the town buzzing gambling life of the town and try 7-card-stud poker game! In the case you're already an expert player you can try Texas Holdem or Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo Poker. Our Poker strategy guide can help a lot in your way to winning!

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  • mohds2How Vegas became the Gambling Capital
    review by mohds2 posted more then 30 days ago
    Las Vegas is in the western region of the United States and it is situated in the state of Nevada. The Spanish word 'Las Vegas' means 'The Meadows' in English and was at first found in the 1829 by the group of explorers led by Antonio Armijo, the Mexican merchant looking for a way to Los Angeles....
  • MadSuhVegas again and again
    review by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    I stayed down at Isaac's place for a night down in Long Beach. He just got a new place so it was all empty. I did have some cushions and a sleeping bag:) We went out that night and some drunk guy called me fag because of the man purse I am wearing these days. Anyhow, I got over it with a smile. ...
  • travelgrove-editorLas Vegas, the Casino City
    review by travelgrove-editor posted more then 30 days ago
    Las Vegas is situated in the lower part of the state of Nevada and sits in the center of the Mojave Desert, who would have guessed to find in the desert, a city of lights, and all you can eat buffets, casinos and the ultimate city of entertainment. The skyline of Vegas is an eclectic array,...
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  • MadSuhHelicopter Tour
    travel tip by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    Flying across Las Vegas at night is something everybody should experience. It's not cheap, but reasonably priced. We did a night flight called Magic Neon Nights with Stars & Stripes Air Tours and it cost us around $120. The service was...
  • MadSuhBellagio Fountain
    travel tip by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    One of my favorite places to see while in Las Vegas is the Bellagio Fountains in front of the well known Hotel. It's truly awesome, and maybe the best show in Vegas. There is a large lake in front of the Casino and every 30min or so, the...
  • MadSuhHistory in Vegas?
    travel tip by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    Yeah right... not much history in Las Vegas. But then if you are looking at Vegas history, the only place really is old town Las Vegas. It's not Rome or Paris, but it offers some old style casino feeling and it's a lot of fun. There is a...
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  • Rating83%
    City Rank117
     
  • History & Culture: rated for 79%
  • Night Life & Entertainment: rated for 100%
  • Family & Fun: rated for 74%
  • Outdoors Activities: rated for 75%
  • Food: rated for 86%
  • Sightseeing: rated for 88%
  • Shopping: rated for 77%
  • Public Transportation: rated for 78%
  • Must visit this place: rated for 90%
  
 

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