Well, the most exciting and happening city of the world, Las Vegas, has rightly billed itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World. Located in the southern part of the U.S. state of Nevada, it is the most populous in the state. It is an internationally renowned resort city, famous for its consolidated hotel-casinos and associated entertainment. Las Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations of the world due to attractions like gambling, shopping, fine dining, and nightlife.
Las Vegas is a city that has something for everyone. From the lavish hotels to the casinos, from a dazzling light show spanning an entire street to a water and fountain show, from the Eiffel Tower of Paris to the Sphinx of Egypt, there is nothing that can be imagined and that cannot found here. The nightlife will keep you awake until dawn, the art displays and museums, the concerts and shows in the various hotels are some things that simply cannot be missed. Also, the Red Rock Canyon Conservation area, the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon National Park are some of the major tourist pullers in the area near the city.
The Las Vegas Strip, just outside the City of Las Vegas, is home to fifteen of the world’s 25 largest hotels by room count, with a count of over 62000 rooms. The rooms can be easily booked in any hotel, but when you stay on the most famous boulevard in the world, there will be little time to sleep in it. If you want to see and have an experience of all the famous hotels, don’t do more than one thing in each.
At the Bellagio hotel, the Bellagio fountains are a must watch. More than a thousand fountains shoot water up to 460 feet in the air, dancing to music. It is a free on-the-street show that goes live at intervals from 3pm to midnight. Be it the Parisian meal at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, the breakfast buffet at Wynn, the stunning French cuisine of Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand or the Carnival World Buffet at Rio, Las Vegas is a foodie’s delight. The half-indoors, half-outdoors Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay and the New York-New York roller coaster, which goes right through the hotel are major crowd pullers. The electrifying nightlife of Vegas can be experienced in the various clubs, some of which notably are LAX at the Luxor, The Bank at the Bellagio, Tao at the Venetian, Tabu at the MGM Grand and Pure at Caesars Palace. A one of a kind landmark in the Vegas skyline is the Stratosphere Hotel, standing at 1,149 feet. Besides offering a spectacular view of the city, the hotel boasts of four high adrenaline thrill rides, including the SkyJump, which allows visitors to plunge 855 feet straight down from a narrow platform. Each and every one of the hotels has so much to offer that lengths can be written about each. Also, the city has the Bonanza Gift Shop is touted to be the World’s Largest Gift Shop with over 40,000 square feet of shopping space.
Heading over to the downtown, the most popular attraction is the Fremont Street Experience. It is a pedestrian mall, with a canopy 90 ft high and 1500 ft long. The world famous entertainment venue is home to Viva Vision, the biggest screen on the planet. The LED display canopy hosting more than 12 million lights, coupled with 550,000 watts of quality sound pumped to the speakers make for an exquisite imagery and heart pounding music. Entertaining nearly 17 million visitors each year, the Fremont Street Experience is lined with legendary casinos, including the city’s largest casino and hotel, the Golden Nugget, the poker haven, Binion’s, and the 100 year old Golden Gate. Most casinos in the city are open round the clock, so gamble away all you can, but make sure you don’t invest all your time in this and miss out on other exciting activities.
The city’s tolerance to several forms of adult entertainment has earned it the name of Sin City. Also, the city is a popular setting for numerous movies and television shows. Las Vegas is also known as the Marriage Capital of the World. This is due to the ease of acquiring a marriage license and minimal costs involved. The wedding venues are plentiful and varied in kind, that cover the Office of Civil Marriages, the local churches, and even themed wedding chapels. For a city with a population of nearly 600,000, an average of 116,000 marriages a year substantiates the fact that Vegas attracts couples from all around.
Moving about in the city is all easy. The Las Vegas Monorail connects various casinos on the Strip. Double decker buses, called the Deuce, run frequently on the Strip, with stops at every casino. Several free shuttles and trams operate in the city connecting various hotels, casinos and shopping centres. Car rentals and taxicabs are also available.
Las Vegas continuously reinvents itself. With the hotels and casinos being restructured and renovated every now and then, you will never run out of things to do. And on each visit, it will be a totally new experience for you. And remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!