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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- Visiting Las Vegas
review by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
Heading to Vegas is always nice for me. I just like the desert. A lot of people find it boring, but to me it's a place of freedom and maybe peace as well, anyhow it will give you time to think about anything you want. When finally driving into the city, I felt this stange feeling of coming home...
- Not only the casinos!
review by mohds2 posted more then 30 days ago
Las Vegas is the biggest capital city in Nevada as well as the most famous for its nightclubs, such as the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, and the Lake Mead. Because of these superb and dazzling features, this capital is one of the most dazzling and attractive sights in the universe. People...
- Getting around in Vegas
review by travelgrove-editor posted more then 30 days ago
Population: 478,434 Major Airports: McCarran International Airport (LAS) When to Go: The summers are scorching hot, but this is one of the best times to go if you are looking for cheap deals. Other times of the year to get a great deal is the first two weeks before Christmas and late fall....
Read our members' travel tips about Las Vegas
- 1/2 price shows
travel tip by megancriley posted more then 30 days ago
Never pay full price for a show in Vegas. Look for 1/2 price tickets at Tickets 4 Tonight. Several locations all over Vegas and on the strip. They offer significant discounts on same day and next day shows all over the Strip.
- Bellagio 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...
- The Stratosphere roller coaster
travel tip by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
A somewhat different type of sightseeing experience is the Stratosphere roller coaster. You are up around 300 meters in the air going around the building at light speed. Certainly a fun experience. Otherwise, just walk around. Every...
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