You may have already heard Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow sing about the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, but nothing beats seeing vibrant Las Vegas for yourself in all its pride and glory. Over 38.9 million people visit Las Vegas each year to enjoy the fantasy-like environment which has inspired plenty of myths, legends and lore. Las Vegas presents something for everyone in the form of theme parks, roller coasters, museums, national parks, and more. Don’t forget the option to take part in wonderful Las Vegas helicopter tours over the Grand Canyon which will be imprinted in your memory forever. Choose one of the most exciting and entertaining cities in the world as your next travel destination and find yourself enjoying fine dining, headliner shows and concerts and the famous recreations scattered along the Las Vegas Strip in no time!
When thinking of accommodation in Las Vegas, hotels such as the Four Seasons, Caesars Palace and Paris Las Vegas all automatically spring to mind. However, as is the case with the city’s attractions, Las Vegas has much more to offer in terms of accommodation. To be able to embrace Las Vegas both as a tourist and a local, check out the private rooms, holiday homes or apartments on offer and be guided through your vacation by a friendly and helpful hosts. Pick from private bedrooms in guest houses located in the Green Valley to apartments overlooking the strip. Luxury holiday homes offering private parking and a swimming pool are also available to make sure your stay in Las Vegas is a great one.
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- The world's largest mechanical neon sign can be found in Las Vegas. It is Vegas Vic, the enormous neon cowboy that towers over Fremont Street!
- Most of the famous Las Vegas strip is not within the city limits of Las Vegas, it instead lies within Clark County!
- Mob funds were used in 1946 by mafia member Ben "Bugsy" Siegel to build and open The Flamingo Hotel-Casino!
- In the region of 200,000 slot machines can be found in Las Vegas!
- At peak times, the Excalibur Hotel uses 44,000 Cornish game hens, 15 thousand pounds of hamburger meat, and 4200 pounds of prime rib per month!
Why should what happens in Las Vegas stay in Las Vegas when there are so many wonderful things to see and do that just need to be shared with those back home! For a start, there is the Adventuredome at Circus Circus, America's largest indoor theme park. If this is not thrilling enough, head to the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay and travel through a transparent tunnel surrounded by sharks, sea turtles and fish. Such awe-inspiring activities can also be enjoyed by night. The volcano in front of the Mirage Casino erupts in a terrific light show hourly from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Another fantastic light show takes place at Fountains of the Bellagio.
Things to see and do in Las Vegas
Las Vegas offers attractions which would be hard to come by anywhere else in the world. The BODIES exhibition at the Luxor showcases 13 whole-body specimens and more than 260 organs and partial body specimens. A year-round haunted house in the theme of Eli Roth’s violent Hostel and Cabin Fever films is sure to send chills down your spine. Visit the Mob Attraction Las Vegas for a one-of-a kind entertainment experience that takes guests on an interactive journey through the world of organized crime.
Plenty of activities can also be enjoyed in the city. No experience is required for those who want to go indoor skydiving at the Vegas Indoor Skydiving Centre. What about playing old and new pinball games at the Pinball Hall of Fame, or taking a kayak tour along the Colorado River. Of course guests can also go on the popular Grand Canyon tour. End an exciting day at one of the city’s world-famous entertainment shows which include but are limited to Cirque du Soleil shows, the Ultimate Variety Show at the V Theater and the Blue Man Group at The Monte Carlo. All this is without even heading one of the many casinos the strip is famous for!
McCarran International Airport is served by many domestic and international air carriers, and is where many guests will find themselves upon arrival in Las Vegas. Those travelling to Las Vegas for corporate purposes are most likely to land in Henderson Executive Airport. Once landed, visitors have a number of options as to how they will reach their vacation rental. In terms of public transportation, various bus lines serve the area. The RTC Express Bus WAX departs at least every hour from Ground Level Zero and travels down Tropicana Avenue to the New York New York stop. Take the RTC Bus Route 108 to journey along Paradise Road to the Convention Center and the LV Hilton. At the intersection of Paradise Road and the Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard) is a transfer to the Deuce bus. RTC Bus Route 109 runs north to Downtown along Maryland Parkway as well as south from the airport to the South Strip Transfer Center. Shuttle buses serve any area of the strip or in the Downtown area. Those feeling a little flush can rent a car, or hire a taxi or limousine service. Bus and train lines are also available for those travelling from within the United States.
It is relatively easy to walk among attractions when on the strip. However, care should be taken during the summer months when the weather will be extremely hot. Visitors can choose to travel using public transportation at this time. Although condemned by locals as a failure due to its inconvenient station locations, low passenger ridership, and the fact that it does not connect to downtown or the airport, the Las Vegas Monorail can be used when travelling along the east side of the strip. Buses are a more convenient and inexpensive way to travel along the strip. It is probably easiest, however, to travel by taxi or via a rental car or scooter.