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The City of Entertainment

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a glowing neon-lit theme park of a city in the middle of the desert. Designed as an outrageous playground for adults, it manages to be the tackiest place on Earth while at the same time being oh-so-glamorous and exciting.

You can live the high life in this 24-hour city, walking or limo-riding past replicas of the world's most famous sights -- the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the Pyramids of Egypt, or the canals of Venice -- on your way to indulgence and decadence.

Las Vegas is all about "the strip" -- meaning Las Vegas Boulevard, the strip joints off that main avenue, and stripping yourself of any inhibitions or restraints. You'll spend more than you know you should at the opulent, showy casinos, and their attractions are not just the gaming tables. They are also hotels, shopping malls, clubs, and entertainment venues presenting spectacular concerts and often stunning shows.

This is a place where reality is skewed and takes you through a fantasy land. Whatever adventure you choose to experience in it is sure to be unlike any other in any other city.


Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. A walk down THE STRIP.
  2. Watch a spectacular show or concert.
  3. VIP Club-Hopping at Night.
  4. Shopping at The Forum at Caesar's Palace.
  5. See the legendary Graceland Chapel even if you don't want to get married.
  6. Get a dose of contemporary art at the Las Vegas Art Museum.
  7. Take a look at the over-the-top collection of the Liberace Museum.
  8. Escape to the Grand Canyon.
  9. See the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
  10. Visit Lake Mead, the country's famous man-made lake.

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Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

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Eating and Drinking

Thanks to the new status-conscious luxury resort-hotels, the Las Vegas restaurant scene has gone through a phenomenal change. Almost overnight, Vegas now competes with the world's major food cities, attracting celebrity multi-Michelin-starred chefs to create menus for the big-bucks restaurants. If you can't splurge on those fine dining destinations, expect diminished quality at other hotel restaurants, often not worth the above-average prices and with long lines for their buffets.
Travelers looking for budget options find more affordable (but completely uninspired) restaurants at the food courts around the shops of resorts like Caesar's Palace or the Venetian.

Shopping

The world's top designers have all felt the need to open up a shop at one of Las Vegas' mega resort malls. Look for them at the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace (a recreation of an ancient Roman marketplace), and if you're a real fashion addict you can spend an entire day just browsing Via Bellagio or the Wynn's shopping strip.
The Grand Canal shops at The Venetian are also not to be missed, especially if you're not looking to splurge on luxury brands. Here you'll find more affordable labels typical of a shopping mall, and you can go for a gondola ride once you've shopped 'til you dropped.

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