10 Interesting Facts about Las Vegas
About Las Vegas, Nevada
One of the craziest tourist destinations in the world, Las Vegas is known as an adult entertainment mecca and for its willingness to build just about anything bigger and brighter than anywhere else. Here are some interesting facts about Las Vegas that might surprise you, or help you plan your next trip there.
1) Las Vegas gets 41 million visitors a year with 47% coming for “vacation or pleasure”, 12% to gamble, and 11% to visit friends or family.
2) 15 of the world’s largest 25 hotels are in Vegas. By number of rooms, the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is the largest hotel in the country with 5,043, and depending on your source, it is the second largest in the world. With 3,933 rooms, Bellagio hotel has more rooms than the population of Bellagio, Italy (2,945). Currently there are 150,544 hotel rooms in total in Las Vegas.
3) Nevada is the only state in the U.S. that permits prostitution; however, Las Vegas does not. According to the state law, prostitution is allowed only in counties with less than 400,000 residents, which rules out Las Vegas and Paradise.
4) You are allowed to drink on the streets in Las Vegas, but there are limitations; 1) no glass or metals (so no cans), 2) the establishment must allow you to take it out, and 3) you can’t drink it within 1,000 feet of a school, place of worship or hospital.
5) There is a heavy equipment attraction. On a lot next to the Strip, ‘Dig This’ allows you drive a bulldozer or excavator. Sessions start at US$249 for a 90-minute session.
6) The Palms Casino Resort has a Kingpin Suite with two bowling lanes. The 4,500-square foot suite has one king bed and two queen beds, expansive lounge, 2.5 bathrooms and a pool table. Prices for the pad are around US$7,500 midweek and US$15,000 on weekends.
7) A marriage license in Nevada will cost US$60 and unlike other states, there is no blood test or waiting period. There are an estimated 300 weddings a day, making it the top wedding destination city in the U.S. and second in the world (Istanbul is number one).
8) The Harmon cost US$8.5 billion to build and was demolished without one guest. The hotel had serious defects discovered in 2008 and construction was halted after 15 stories had already been built. In 2011, a study found that it would have likely collapsed if an earthquake was to hit the area.
9) Hungover? Then order the Hangover Heaver Bus and get an IV for you and your friends. The 45-foot bus can accommodate 10-14 people at one time and has a front lounge, kitchenette, consultation room and four bunks. Packages start at US$149 for a 35-minute session.
10) Las Vegas isn’t actually Las Vegas. Las Vegas the city does exist, but the majority of what you know the city for, like the Las Vegas Strip, is actually in a place called Paradise. Paradise is an ‘Unincorporated Place’, created as a way to get around laws and taxes. This video will explain: