Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World
You’ve probably heard the saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. Las Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the World with gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife that will keep you on the go your entire holiday.
Las Vegas became a city in 1911 and has been fondly named Sin City, due to its tolerance to adult entertainment. The city was established as a railroad town in 1905 with all the passers-by on their way to the mines and soon became a stopover for many of them. It was the 1950’s that saw the likes of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel funding most of the original casinos.
Las Vegas is located in the desert, so it’s surrounded by rocky, dusty and very dry mountains, but what it lacks in beauty it makes up for in entertainment. Don’t be fooled, there is entertainment for the young and old, so if you are considering a family holiday don’t be discouraged by the reputation Las Vegas has achieved.
It’s a very cultural and artistic area, although most of the residents in the city work in the booming tourism industry either in the casinos or the many hotels.
For a cultural day out you can enjoy the Neon Museum, the Las Vegas Museum of Organised Crime and Law Enforcement or the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. If the men aren’t interested in joining the ladies on a cultural excursion for the day, they can enjoy a round of golf at one of the four golf clubs located in the city.
Take the family for a picnic at the Southern Nevada Zoological Botanical Gardens or have an adventure thrilled day at the Adventuredome Theme Park. But this is not all the city has to offer children on their holidays, there is also indoor kart racing, bowling or why not visit the Vegas Indoor Skydiving Center to finish your action packed day?
While travelling around the city is easy by using one of the many public buses available, enjoying the music, shows, comedy acts and circus acts that are on every night at one of the hotels is what you don’t want to miss.
Spend a night at B.B. Kings Blues Club, which is open seven days a week and soak up some soul music or have a night out and party at Blush Boutique Nightclub until the early hours of the morning.
The Belligio Gallery of Fine Art and the Arts Factory are two places you must visit if you enjoy cultural art. The Arts Factory is a range of artists from painting to sculpture all under one roof, why not buy a souvenir for home?
Las Vegas is also the home of wedding bells. It is the easiest county to get married in; you can get your marriage license and be married within minutes if you decide to. Though you’ve probably seen all the movies joking about the couples who went to Las Vegas only to wake up married the next day, it’s true and can happen.
Being such a tourist hotspot there are some amazing deals for accommodation, which can put you within easy reach of all the great attractions. The Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino for example is close to the airport, the Sands Expo Convention Center and the Fashion Show Mall. It has a restaurant, poolside bar, twenty four hour room service, a health club, a fitness facility, a casino and a games/arcade room. With a hotel like this on offer, you may never need to leave.
The South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa is close to the Rio Secco Golf Club and the Revere Golf Club. It has six restaurants, a poolside bar and twenty four hour room service. It also has a children’s pool, sauna, fitness facility and a complimentary airport shuttle. The health spa offers body treatments, massages and facials to help you relax, while the casino can have you up and having fun until all hours of the morning. It also has a coffee shop and valet parking to seal the deal.
Other famous hotels include:
Mgm Grand Hotel And Casino, Wynn Las Vegas and Hard Rock Hotel ans Casino and close to McCarran International Airport (LAS), Golden Nugget.