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Introduction

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Known internationally as a shopping, entertainment, and gambling destination, Las Vegas is commonly known as Sin City

The Strip is lined with massive and lavish fantasy-like casino resorts where alcoholic beverages is available at any time and entertainment of all kind can be found.

But many more things can be found here such as museums, a desert, amusement parks, National Parks and a Dam. Las Vegas can be just as much a family destination as well.

Beaches

Although not exactly a beach per say, this is the closest thing to one on the Strip: Mandalay Bay features the huge Mandalay Bay Beach is an 11-acre aquatic playground with heated pools, a wave pool, a lazy river and a "toptional" pool club.

The nearby Lake Mead National Recreation Area has two large reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, where boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen can have fun in the sun.

Climate

Since Las Vegas is located in the Mojave Desert, the climate is an arid desert one. The summers are very hot and the winters mild. Temperatures usually reach 30°s C in the summer, with very low humidity. Winters are cooler and windy marked by with a few rainfalls often in the form of thunderstorms. Winter highs are around 16° C and even cooler nights.

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Maximum131720253137403834271813
Minimum1361015202423181251
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Geography

Las Vegas is the largest city in the state of Nevada and is situated in an arid basin of the southern Nevada desert landscape. It is surrounded by sandy and dusty mountains. The city’s elevation is around 620 m above sea level. Within the city there is a great deal of lawns, trees, and other greenery but water resource is an issue. Water conservation efforts include scheduled watering groups for watering residential landscaping.

History

In the 1800s, small parts of the Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas, hence the name Las Vegas, Spanish for The Meadows. The Las Vegas Valley was part of Mexico but was annexed to the United States in 1855. In 1905, Las Vegas was founded as a city.

US Highway 91 finally reached Las Vegas in 1926 which connected to California with a road. The construction of Hoover Dam in 1928 brought thousands of workers to the area. Nevada legalized gambling in 1931, and what is now downtown Las Vegas became an entertainment center for the dam workers with casinos. In 1941, the luxurious El Rancho Vegas resort opened on what would later become the Las Vegas Strip. Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel later opened the Flamingo Hotel in 1946, starting the building boom. Another construction boom occurred in the 1990s. Numerous landmark hotels and other structures were razed to make way for ever-larger and more opulent resorts.

Nature

The Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden is located in the Ethel M Chocolate Factory. It contains more than 350 different cactuses and succulent species, over half are native to the American southwest. The remainder from Australia and South America. The Botanical Cactus Garden also include a Living Machine, an installation demonstrating a wastewater treatment facility. Using bacteria, algae, protozoa, snails and fish, the facility recycles 100 percent of the Chocolate factory's wastewater without the use of any chemicals.

Las Vegas Springs Preserve consists of nature walks and displays. The Springs Preserve includes colourful desert botanical gardens, museum galleries, interactive exhibits, a concert venue, and walking trails.

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs is a park with a series of small lakes that formed an oasis in this part of the Mojave Desert. Tule Springs is one of the larger urban retreats in the Las Vegas Valley.

Unique to Here

Las Vegas is also known as the wedding capital of the world. First you will need to apply for a marriage license at the County Clerk's Office. With marriage license in hand the wedding ceremony can be performed by any priest, minister, or justice of the peace authorized to perform weddings with in the Las Vegas area.

There are several Chapels along the Las Vegas Strip. Famous wedding chapels include the Little White Wedding Chapel, Little Church of the West and the Little Chapel of the Flowers. Most major hotels have Wedding Chapels on the premises and offer wedding packages for larger ceremonies. You can even choose theme wedding such as an Elvis impersonator, Hawaiian, fairy tale, Star Trek, gothic, drive-thru weddings, and motorcycle weddings.

Activities & Sports

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers swimming, boating and a few more nautical activities. Hiking opportunities abound in the Spring Mountains. There are five peaks standing over 3,300m. Of course there are plenty of easier trails to be found. But always make sure to carry plenty of water for hikes and be ready for sudden changes in weather.

Golfers can choose from about 60 golf courses in the area. There are even two along the Strip: the Bali Hai Golf Club and the Callaway Golf Center. Just off the Strip is the amazing The Wynn Golf Course which is reserved for hotel guests only. Closed since 2017, it should reopen in 2019.

Rock Climbing is a popular sport in Las Vegas. The Red Rock Canyon is located on the western edge of the Las Vegas city limits where visitors can go climbing year-round along its many routes.

Yes! You can go skiing in Las Vegas. There is a Ski and Snowboard Resort in the Spring Mountains, about 45 minutes from Las Vegas.

If you are a tennis fan then you will love the excellent hotel courts or one of many public courts as well.

Archaeology

Only in Vegas may you find a new meaning to the word archaeology. Indeed, you can visit the neon cemetery, the Neon Boneyard. The Young Electric Sign Company's (YESCO) maintains a storage yard of retired signs in Las Vegas in a fenced lot behind its offices.

The company is supplying the Neon Museum, which is slowly restoring the signs and placing them around the Fremont Street Experience.

Attractions & Sights

How to sum up Las Vegas in three words? Gambling, gambling and gambling. You can gamble almost everywhere, even at McCarran airport and small supermarkets. But this privilege is given only to those 21 years of age and up: always bring to the casino a valid ID as proof of your age.

Pros suggest playing games likecraps and blackjack who pay 3 to 2. More fun but with less chances to win are slot machines, roulette. To facilitate gambling in machine-based games, you can use a pre-paid card to make wagers and collect winnings. With poker making a comeback, poker tables are making there way back into the main casino floors with Texas Hold'em, 7-card stud, Omaha and other games.

Most major casinos are found on the Las Vegas Strip. Fremont Street is the second most famous street in Las Vegas. Located in the heart of the downtown, it's where you'll find for many famous casinos such as Binion's Horseshoe, Eldorado Club, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget, The Mint, and the Pioneer Club.

Not into gambling? Do not worry there are a million other things to see and do while in Vegas:

- The Fountains of the Bellagio perform a magnificent display set to music every 15 minutes in the evenings and also every hour on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Inside there is a huge flower garden as well as a fine-art gallery

- The Flamingo Garden offers a great garden with flamingos and other exotic birds, as well as koi and turtles

- The Mob Museum is not only a museum dedicated to the mafia and organized crime in the US but also the history of modern Las Vegas.

- At the Mirage Volcano in front of the casino erupts in a terrific light show almost every hour in the evening. Also at the Mirage, is a free white tiger enclosure, an impressive aquarium, and a dolphin habitat

- The Shark Reef in the Mandalay Bay hotel is best know for walking through a transparent tunnel with sharks, sea turtle, fish on all sides

- The Fremont Street Experience is a pedestrian mall where most of the downtown casinos are located. Multimedia shows are displayed on a giant canopy over the street nightly. The Golden Nugget Casino displays aptly the world's largest gold nugget

- The Liberace Museum houses many of Liberace's stage costumes, cars, jewelry and lavishly-decorated pianos

- Several hotels have rides and amusement parks, such as Circus Circus, The Roller Coaster at New York New York, the Stratosphere which offers an incredible view of the city, or enjoy a gondola ride at The Venetian

Nearby, Laughlin is the third most visited casino destination in the state. Laughlin is advertised as a more family-friendly venue with outdoor and family activities.

Hoover Dam straddles the Colorado River between Nevada and Arizona. Its enormous dam was completed in 1935. The visitor center and offers guided tours and access to the elevator to the viewing platform above the dam.

Reno has plenty to see and do so renting a car is a good idea when visiting Reno. Attractions include the Nevada Museum of Art, Wingfield Park, Downtown Reno Library, California and South Wells Avenues, Rancho San Rafael Park, Victorian Square, and Idlewild Park. Of course Reno has its fair share of casinos: Silver Legacy, Eldorado, Reno Nugget, Harrah’s Reno, Atlantis, Peppermill, Grand Sierra Resort, and John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Carson City is home to the Nevada State Museum, with exhibits everything from prehistoric native life to the Old West mining boom to the current day.

Nightlife

In Las Vegas, free drinks are often offered to all players in casinos but tipping the cocktail waitress at least $1 per drink is expected. Fun bars and pubs outside of major hotels include the Double Down Saloon and The Bunkhouse.

You’ll find a club or discotheque in nearly every hotel and casino and they usually remain open until 4am. The top clubs will charge a cover and expect to wait in a line depending on the night. Often tables in clubs here come with a bottle purchase so you may be asked to vacate the table if you are not buying bottles.

Cirque du Soleil shows are always a hot ticket and an amazing experience to live. Here are the ones running for now: KÀ, R.U.N, Mystère, ONE, Love, O, and Zumanity.

Las Vegas is known for its big production shows, so make sure to reserve your tickets well in advance. Some shows include: Blue Man Group, Le Rêve, Matsuri, Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, Tournament of Kings, and V-The Ultimate Variety Show.

There is always a big artist in town performing. Check out local listings to see what is available. A few headliners have long engagement shows such as Lady Gaga ou Shania Twain. Tribute shows are also popular with: Tribute to Elvis Presley and The Rat Pack is Back.

Magic shows are always a hit here in Vegas with huge productions like: Penn and Teller, Mac King Comedy Magic Show and Xtreme Magic Starring Dirk Arthur.

Vegas would not be complete of course without a selection of adult shows, either for a female audience or Vegas’ famous show girls. Check out: Chippendales, Crazy Girl, Fantasy, Thunder from Down Under, X Burlesque, and Zumanity.

Side Trips

There are tones of attractions within a day’s reach of Las Vegas. The biggest difficulty is picking which one to do. Here is a sampling of the top day trips:

- Death Valley National Park is two hours by car. The park is not only the largest park in the continental USA but one of the most striking as well. Death Valley National Park is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere and one of the hottest places in the world. It is also a vast geological museum in itself. There are many individual sites to see within the park

- Grand Canyon National Park, 4 hours by car, is one of the great tourist attractions in the US. The canyon never fails to invoke the sense of awe and wonder. Arrive here from the South Rim or the more remote North Rim. Visit the Grand Canyon Village, two native Reservation and enjoy the desert view. While here visitors can go hiking, walking on trails, camp, and go white water rafting

- The Great Basin National Park has the state’s only glacier and a cave tour with stalagtites

Sedona, Arizona, is home to a bustling downtown and vibrant arts community, but the real attraction is the surreal, red rock landscape. Unique canyons, creeks, mountains, forests, spiritual vortexes, hikes and mountain biking trails surround the area.

Zion National Park is about two hours of Las Vegas and offers an incredible maze of narrow, deep, sandstone canyons and striking rock towers. It’s a favorite spot for hiking, backpacking and climbing.

  • Airport :
    McCarran International Airport
  • Airport Tax :
    Departure tax is included in the price of your ticket
  • Distance from Airport :
    8 km
  • Tourist Office :
    Las Vegas Visitor Information Center: 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109-9096. Tel. (702) 892-7575, 1-877-847-4858
  • Tourist Season :
    Year round but spring and fall are the best times. Summers get very hot.
  • Festivals & Events

    January
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    February
    Chinese New Year
    Black History Month events
    Fremont Street Mardi Gras

    March
    NASCAR
    St. Patrick's Day Parade
    The Great Crafts Festival

    April
    Clark County Fair and Rodeo
    World Series of Poker
    City of Light Jazz Festival

    May
    Cinco de Mayo
    Jazz in the Park

    July
    Fourth of July Fireworks

    August
    Newport Pacific Jazz Festival

    September
    Mexican Independence Day
    San Gennaro Feast
    Blue Sky International Film Festival

    October
    Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball

    November
    Professional Bull Riders Championships
    Motor Trend International Auto Show

    December
    National Finals Rodeo
    New Year's Eve on the Strip

    Transportation

    McCarran International Airport is the airport visitors flying in will arrive at. There are shuttle services, taxis and limousines services.

    The trip by car from Los Angeles to Las Vegas is just over 4hrs long along Interstate 15. This drive on the weekend can be very congested however. The Interstate 40 and US-93 connect Arizona with Las Vegas. This route goes along Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam area.

    Most hotels are close to each other therefore walking is a reasonable option. Adjoining hotels often are connected by a bridge or tunnel, or even by a complimentary rail shuttle.

    Renting a car is fairly cheap, maybe cheaper then many taxi fares. Also some of the best sights are located outside of Las Vegas. You will find car rental agencies at the airport and along the Strip.

    Taxi lines are found at the front of hotels. Note that hailing a cab is practically impossible off the street because it is illegal for a cab to stop traffic on the Strip. The city bus line (CAT) is quite efficient. The Deuce, a double decker bus, drives along Las Vegas Blvd . It is a good idea to buy a residential day pass or the all-access pass. The Las Vegas Monorail runs on the east side of the strip with stops behind several hotels and at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    Accommodations

    Las Vegas is famous for its extravagant themed hotels. They are actually little cities on there own with most having their own shopping malls, several restaurants, casinos and entertainment. Room rates may fluctuate from mid-week (Sunday through Thursday night) to week-end (Friday and Saturday). Many hotels offer also package deals that may include a show, meals, and gambling coupons.

    The most famous hotels on the Strip include: Bally's, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Flamingo, Four Seasons, Harrah's, The Quad Resort, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, MGM Grand, MGM Park, Paris, Planet Hollywood Resort, Sahara, Stratosphere, Treasure Island, Tropicana, The Venetian, Wynn Las Vegas.

    Off the strip you can find cheaper accommodations and there a few camping grounds around as well.

    Eating Out

    The variety of dining options in the large casinos and hotels are staggering, Visitors can find buffets, gourmet restaurants, cafes, snack bars.

    The most famous buffets in Las Vegas are at the Rio, Bellagio, Paris, Planet Hollywood and the Wynn. Lunch is often around half price.

    Good restaurants on the Strip include:

    - Carnaval Court Bar and Grill (Harrah's)
    - Craftsteak (MGM Grand)
    - Mesa Grill (Caesars Palace)
    - The Range Steakhouse (Harrah's)
    - Tao (Venetian)
    - Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill (Harrah's)
    - Top of the World (Stratosphere)


    If you prefer trying something outside of the casino complexes, you can try:

    - Bahama Breeze
    - Ellis Island Casino Restaurant
    - ENVY, The Steakhouse
    - Pavino Italian Ristorante

    Shopping

    Practically every complex hotels and casinos now include shopping areas. Visitors will also find several outlet malls throughout the area.

    - Fashion Show Mall
    - Las Vegas Outlet Center
    - Las Vegas Premium Outlets

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