Las Vegas is a city that needs no introduction. With its AAA Five Star Diamond resorts, world-class and Celebrity Chef restaurants, multiple high end and outlet boutiques, spectacular entertainment and nightlife, Nevada’s largest city has truly earned its spot as one of the world’s premier tourist destinations.
The famous Las Vegas Strip is still lined with flashy mega-resorts, but venture past the flashing neon and dazzling lights and you might just be surprised with what you will find. For the fashionista, there’s Caesars Palace and the designer boutiques at The Forum Shops. Shore lovers will adore The Beach at Mandalay Bay, which is miles and miles away from your typical hotel pool. Sun-seekers can also soak up rays at resort pools at the Hard Rock Hotel, Palms and pretty much anywhere else in between. For a good dose of family fun, there are even live animal exhibits begging to be enjoyed at many resorts, like Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage.
Las Vegas is a playground of fantasy-themed mega resorts, attractions, and entertainment. There is no place in the world like the Las Vegas Strip, the 4.2 mile-long stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard is packed with more than 20 of the world's largest casino-resorts and nearly 150,000 hotel rooms. From Bellagio to Circus Circus, Stratosphere and New York—New York, each day in Las Vegas can be a whole new vacation. It is a top three destination in the United States for business conventions and a global leader in the hospitality industry, claiming more AAA Five Diamond hotels than any other city in the world.
As spectacular as the resorts are, the events they offer nearly every night are just as impressive. Las Vegas shows are as well-known as the city itself, masquerade balls, magic shows, comedy acts, headliner concerts, theatrical performances, symphonies, broadway musicals and major music festivals. Diverse special events like the National Finals Rodeo, the PGA's Invensys Classic at Las Vegas, championship boxing, UFC, NHL Vegas Golden Knights, NASCAR automobile racing at the 106,000-seat Las Vegas Motor Speedway and more!
The Strip will undoubtedly keep you entertained for days and days, but don't forget there’s a wide world of recreational splendor waiting to be enjoyed just minutes from this famous stretch of road. Within 20 minutes, visitors can drive to the surrounding areas to enjoy incredible rock climbing and world-class views at Red Rock National Conservation Area, or retreat to cooler temperatures at Mt. Charleston.
Las Vegas is a food lover’s dream. It is a city dedicated to offer life's guilty pleasures. LAs Vegas is Nevada's desert oasis of neon light, shows, attractions, tours and many adult offerings, but Foodies know that the real reason to come to Vegas is to experience its cuisine. Many of the world's most-celebrated chefs have residency on the Las Vegas Strip, making it easy to keep up with global gastronomy trends. You can dine at The Top of the World, 109 stories above the strip with a 360 unobstructed views of Las Vegas or Dine in the Dark. There's also a vibrant food scene off-Strip that's worth exploring, and a number of excellent annual food and drink events. Pick a type of cuisine—odds are, you’ll find it within walking distance.
On May 15, 1905, Las Vegas officially was founded as a city, when 110 acres (45 ha), in what would later become downtown, were auctioned to ready buyers. Las Vegas was the driving force in the creation of Clark County, Nevada in 1909 and the city was incorporated in 1911 as a part of the county. A desert metropolis built on gambling, vice and other forms of entertainment, in just a century of existence Las Vegas has drawn millions of visitors and trillions of dollars in wealth to southern Nevada. The city was founded by ranchers and railroad workers but quickly found that its greatest asset was not its springs but its casinos. Las Vegas’s embrace of Old West-style freedoms—gambling and prostitution—provided a perfect home for East Coast organized crime. Beginning in the 1940s, money from drugs and racketeering built casinos and was laundered within them. Visitors came to partake in what the casinos offered: low-cost luxury and the thrill of fantasies fulfilled.
Las Vegas offers a surprising array of interesting museums, such as Las Vegas History Museum, Neon Museum, Atomic Testing Museum, Discovery Children's Museum, Nevada State Museum, Springs Preserve, Clark County Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, The Mob Museum,Shelby Car Museum, Nostalgia Hot Rods Museum, Burlesque Hall of Fame, Pinball Hall of Fame and the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. There is truly a great experience for any age or interest!
Las Vegas is known as the entertainment capital in the world. There is a show for everyone's entertainment pallette. Multi Million dollar Production show like Cirque du Soleil, Magic shows like AGT's winner Matt Franco, Musicals like Menopause, Concerts, Headliners like Celine Dion, Jennifer lopez, Cher, Adult Revues like Magic Mike, Chippendales, Musicals like Menopause.
Luckily just 40 miles northwest of Las Vegas visitors can find all the cool mountain breezes, fresh air and all-around scenic beauty of Mount Charleston. Part of the Spring Mountain Range and Toiyabe National Forest, Mount Charleston ranges from 3,000 to 12,000 feet in elevation. It is Nevada's eighth-highest mountain peak and one of the Top 10 most topographically prominent peaks in the United States. There are residential communities, a ski resort, private camps, lodging, and the home of the nation's first national cold war memorial. Mount Charleston has over 50 miles of marked trails over the rocky terrain. Some of these trails are paved and handicap accessible. There are also strenuous climbs to the top of the mountain. The tougher hikes offer rewards of scenic vistas and unique geology and flora. But hikers of all ages and abilities will find something to enjoy while visiting Mount Charleston, including picnics and camping. Bicycles are permitted on some trails. Mount Charleston and Spring Mountains are typically 20-30 degrees cooler than the valleys, so the area is a popular getaway for both Las Vegas residents and visitors, who want to enjoy an outdoor activity while escaping the brutal desert heat.
Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada's first National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is located 13 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip and encompasses 195,819 acres within the Mojave Desert. Red Rock Canyon is an area of worldwide geologic interest and beauty. The area is visited by more than two million people each year. In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center with indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as a book store. Red Rock Canyon is home to a diverse mix of plants and animals. From seasonal wildflowers and wildlife to year round plants and animals, you might be surprised at how much life you'll find here!