Las Vegas is a mystical, dazzling, glitzy sea of neon lights. It beckons visitors with luxurious accommodation, unbelievable shows, exquisite restaurants, world-class gambling, and decadence on a grandiose scale. It is ancient Rome, romantic Paris, exotic Egypt, exciting New York City, and the Canals of Venice all rolled into one fabulous vacation destination. With millions of people having Las Vegas in their sights every year, it is not difficult to see why it has earned the title of Entertainment Capital of the world.
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Shortly after gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931 and construction of the first hotel/casinos had begun, who could have known that it was the beginning of the phenomenon known simply as Vegas—a glamorous, fantasy oasis in the middle of the desert?
There is much more to Las Vegas than gambling, eating, and shopping. It is a vibrant, fast growing and progressive city that attracts some of the largest conventions and business meetings in the world. Each year, over 50,000 people relocate permanently to this city thanks to the abundance of jobs, low taxes, healthy climate and beautiful surroundings. With 320 days of sunshine annually, Las Vegas can also boast of some of the best golfing facilities in the country.
Beyond the famous five-mile Las Vegas Strip, there are also the historic and exciting Fremont Street, home of the original casinos that started the Vegas craze back in the 1930s. Millions of tourists come to see the Freemont Experience—an incredible and breathtaking light and sound show presented on a domed structure covering several blocks in the downtown area.
Las Vegas is a growing city: every year bigger, more spectacular hotels and casinos are being designed and built to amaze and entertain people from all over the world.
It is impossible to see and do everything that Las Vegas has to offer in one trip, which is what keeps visitors returning over and over again. The choices can be overwhelming. Good planning is the key to any great vacation, but that is especially the case here.
Grand Canyon National Park
The Mob Museum
Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas
Fountains of Bellagio
Death Valley National Park
Fremont Street Experience
Volcano at the Mirage
Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show at Caesars Palace
Red Rock Canyon State Park
Valley of Fire State Park
Secret Garden of Siegfried and Roy and The Dolphin Habitat
Things to do outside Las Vegas
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
"O" Cirque du Soleil
Next to gambling, the most engaging activity in Las Vegas is dining your heart out. Every type and style of food known to man can be found here, from European all the way to Asia and to America. From five-star restaurants to take-outs, there is no shortage of dining experiences. Prepare to be amazed by the restaurants in Las Vegas!
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
Carnival World & Seafood Buffet
The Buffet at Treasure Island
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Top of the World Restaurant
Copper Whisk Café
Go Vegan Café, Juice Bar & Market
Nora's Italian Cuisine
Florida Café Cuban Restaurant
KoMex Fusion Express
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
M&M Soul Food Cafe
Mon Ami Gabi
Canyon Ranch Café
Clear your head and start your day with a cup of coffee or espresso at one of Las Vegas' many cafes. Whether you want to be in France, Italy, or just the country of the US and A, you have more than enough choices that you will ever need.
Many of the cafes are located in casino's. So take a a risk with the slot machines, but take your pick out of these cafes and you'll have a great Las Vegas time!
Sunrise Coffee Co.
Le Petit Cafe & Bakery
Makers & Finders
The Bagel Cafe
Cafés at Bellagio
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Vegas is literally the City that Never Sleeps. It is said that the Las Vegas Strip is a continuous bar. It is not unusual to see people strolling the Strip, especially at night, carrying an alcoholic beverage. Every hotel/casino offers superb entertainment, floor shows, bars and nightclubs. Live entertainment is everywhere.
Encore Beach Club
Frankie's Tiki Room
Don't Tell Mama
Crown & Anchor Pub
VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub
Venus European Pool Lounge
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Shopping in Las Vegas is almost as popular as gambling, and that is evidenced by the sheer number of stores ready to indulge your every fantasy. All major hotel/casinos have a shopping area in their establishment, but there are a few that stand out as premier shopping meccas. It is said that if you can’t buy it here, you can’t buy it anywhere.
The Forum Shops
Everything Coca-Cola Store
Hershey's Chocolate World
Antique Mall of America
Bauman Rare Books
Bonanza Gifts (World's Largest Gift Shop)
Silver Post USA
The Miracle Mile
Grand Canal Shoppes
Las Vegas Premium Outlets (North)
The Shops at Crystals
Town Square Las Vegas
Castle Walk Shops
The Wynn and Encore Esplanades
McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas has one airport, McCarran International. Over 100,000 people pass through this facility each day. Numerous Airport Shuttles are available 24 hours a day. Time from the airport to any Strip hotel is 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
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Passport / Visa
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
Best Time to Visit
Las Vegas is not only known for its casinos and entertainment, but also because of its extremely hot weather. The best time to visit the city is in the autumn, from September to November, and in the spring from March to May, when the temperatures are around 20 - 25 degrees. During the winter time, the amount of tourists is greater, especially during the holidays. Try to plan a mid-week trip, the plane tickets and hotel prices are significantly lower in comparison to the weekend.
The taxi is one of the most used means of transportation in Las Vegas. Every hotel and casino has a taxi stand at the front door. There is a small charge for the amount of time that the taxi has to wait for its passengers.
One of the many taxi companies is Frias Transportation Management, which owns five taxicab companies: ACE, A NLV, UNION, Vegas Western, Virgin Valley, Las Vegas Limousines and Airline Shuttle.
Address: 5010 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas
Phone: +1 702 888 4888
Sidewalks are always packed, day or night. The streets are well-lit and there are many elevated crossovers making it safe and easy to traverse the busy Las Vegas Boulevard.
The Strip is divided into three sections. If you want to visit another casino in the same area, walking is certainly an option. However, if you wish to navigate from the South Strip to the North Strip, you will need to take a taxi, private car or bus.
RTC Buses is run by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). The Bonneville Transit Center is the transfer point for many routes. Most routes cost around $2 or $1, but you can also buy a 24-hours pass for $8.
Launched July 2004, the Monorail has stations at Sahara’s, Las Vegas Hilton, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, Bally’s, Paris and the MGM Grand. The first station of the Monorail is the SLS station. Tickets can be purchased at the stations.
There are two full-service post offices on the Strip, one at 3100 Industrial behind Circus-Circus and at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. The lobby hours are 24/7.
Chain pharmacies (CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Walgreens, etc) as well as smaller neighborhood ones operate in Las Vegas. Working hours may vary, but a few are open 24/7. Most larger pharmacies sell prescription as well as over the counter medicine. Pharmacy signs are often in red and white and pharmacies themselves may often be found inside department stores.
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What to pack
Except for a special evening of dinner and dancing, visitors to Las Vegas dress very casually. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes. Ladies, don’t carry a large purse, it will only get in the way when you are gambling. Don’t forget the swimming suits. Always carry proper identification with you, especially when gambling.
Every casino will offer a Player's Card. Cards are free and it takes about 5 minutes to complete a short application. You will need a drivers’ license or another form of identification.
Every time you play a slot machine, insert the card into the appropriate slot and it will track the amount of play. The longer you play, the more credits you will receive. You can also get credit on your card for table games. Simply hand the card to the dealer, and they will add credits depending on the amount you play.
These credits accumulate and can be used for small gifts, free meals and even free nights at a hotel. Some cards cover multiple casinos and you can use it at any venue listed on the card. Even if you are only playing penny slots, these credits add up. Don’t worry if you lose your card– all the information is in their computers, and they will gladly issue you a new card at no charge.
Buying half-price show tickets
Tix4tonight has several locations, but the largest establishment is located at the giant Coca Cola Bottle on the Las Vegas Strip, next to MGM Grand and across from New York and sells same-day show tickets for half price. They accept credit cards or cash, and all purchases must be made in person–no telephone orders are accepted. The chances of finding the headlining performers, such as Bette Midler or Elton John are not very good, but there are many terrific shows that may be available: Cirque du Soleil and the Blue Man Group are among them.
Address: 3785 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas
Phone: +1 877 849 4868