For some it's 'The Entertainment Capital of the World,' for others it's 'Sin City'. One thing is certain; Las Vegas is a destination like no other. Las Vegas tours invariably focus on the city's neon-lit casinos and the various other entertainment venues dotted along The Strip. While the city has made recent attempts to diversify, its tourism is inextricably linked to the gambling industry. So pack your good-luck charms and get ready to hit the gaming floors of The Palazzo, The Bellagio and Luxor in order to win big in this dazzling desert destination.
Las Vegas is a gambling town and the city's casinos are its most popular attractions. Most are technically located outside the city limits on the nearly 4 mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South known as The Strip. The end of the boulevard is paradoxically where you'll find the famous 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas' sign. Head back in the other direction to experience some of Las Vegas' most popular high-end casinos, including the Wynn, Venetian and Bellagio resorts. The list of things to do in Las Vegas doesn't begin and end with gambling; there are plenty of shopping options, fine dining experiences and opportunities to engage in adventure sports in and around the city.
Finding somewhere to eat in Las Vegas is as simple as heading to the nearest casino. Many of the best restaurants in Las Vegas are located in the palatial surrounds of the city's gambling dens, with buffet-style menus particularly popular along The Strip. Steakhouses and seafood restaurants are equally popular and both can be found off The Strip in the surrounding downtown areas. Not surprisingly, you'll find a club or bar on virtually every street corner. Nightclubs abound along The Strip and throughout the city centre, so if dive bars aren't your thing, simply throw on your finest threads and dance the night away.
Where to Stay
Las Vegas hotels are predominantly limited to the city's sprawling casino complexes, which offer a staggering array of accommodation options. Most tourists visit the city to gamble, so you'll find practically every whim catered for in any of the city's well-appointed casinos. Many are actually themed resorts, including the Venetian Hotel, the Paris Hotel and Casino and the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. Away from The Strip the usual array of tourist hotels and mid-range accommodation are in ready supply, though these are predictably less glamorous than those in the heart of the action.
Like most activities in the city, Las Vegas shopping is inextricably linked to its casinos. Many are home to sprawling shopping complexes, including the popular Grand Canal Shoppes straddling the Venetian Hotel and The Palazzo. Take a gondola ride to the nearest cafe at the Venetian-themed complex and keep your eye out for the celebrities who frequent the nearby Forum Shops. Many of the centres boast myriad dining options and elaborate entertainment. More importantly for a desert city, they're air conditioned! Bargain shoppers can find the best deals at the Las Vegas Outlet Centre, however shopping in Las Vegas is more often than not a high-end experience.
Las Vegas like a Local
For a break from the bright lights of the casinos get away from The Strip to indulge in some outdoor activities. Hiking is popular and there are plenty of trails in the rocky outcrops around the fringes of the city. Rock climbing is another option, while mountain bike expeditions are a fun way way to take in the varied outdoor surrounds. Skydiving, 4-wheel drive tours and even white water rafting opportunities abound, meaning there's no excuse to spend your entire Las Vegas holiday indoors. So get out of the gaming dens, take advantage of the weather and experience Las Vegas like a local – outdoors.