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Las Vegas is a city of lights unlike any other. It wasn't always this way as in 1826 explorer Jedediah Smith led a party into the once darkened Las Vegas Valley. In 1855 a Mormon mission is begun; the mission fails but is the predecessor of what we now know as the glittery Mecca known as sin city.  Of course Vegas is mainly known for gaming and you are greeted by slot machines the minute you step off the plane. All the major hotels and casinos have every type of gaming for every level of knowledge. Some people take the betting very seriously and others just play for the exciting entertainment it provides. Either way, the fun never stops 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Las Vegas with so much to do, hear, see and taste it is a fun lover's paradise. With Lady Luck on your side the party never ends.

Local Tip: Go downtown and check out the awesome sound and light show of the Fremont Street Experience then drop in Binion's Casino and have your picture taken with a million dollars in cash!
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Where to Go
After a night of exciting gambling you may want a change in venue. A short trip out to Lake Mead may be the answer. Fresh air abounds where year round recreation includes boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking and photography. Once a pioneer settlement in 1938 the Colorado River overflowed filling the canyons and valleys causing the citizens to flee. What is left now is Lake Mead. You can still see some of the remnants of that early settlement.

Be sure not to miss a visit out to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area. There is a 13 mile scenic drive through the park where there are viewing spots. The drive features picturesque views of the brightly colored Calico Hills and the Mojave Desert. Hiking is also plentiful with 19 trails which range from easy to strenuous. Bring lots of water as temperatures can soar above 100 in the summer. If you are a climber  there are over 2,000  rock climbing routes to explore. Obtaining a permit is required for this activity. Admission is $7.00 and well worth the trip.

Another popular attraction is the majestic Hoover Dam. Since September 11, 2001 the bridge is now accessible only by pedestrian and all vehicles are inspected. There is a parking garage near the visitor's center and there is a $10.00 parking fee. From the bridge visitors have fantastic views of the Hoover Dam, the Colorado River and Lake Mead.

If history is your passion, you will want to see the Neon Boneyard. This museum features Las Vegas' rich history as seen through neon signs. This 2 acre outdoor museum features guided tours with over 150 signs some from famous landmarks dating from 1930's through present day. The cost for a daytime tour is $18.00 and $25.00 for night tours. Children under 12 are not permitted to the night tours.

Entertainment is non-stop on the strip with shows galore. They vary and change from venue to venue. Some favorites are Cirque du Soleil, The Beatles, Love, Criss Angel: Believe and many more.

One place not to be missed is the Fremont Street Experience. A 4 block long light show which features a canopy of 12.5 LED lights. To draw visitors downtown the casinos on these 4 blocks formed a company and raised money for the 70 million dollar project. With it's opening on December 14,, 1995 the casinos investment had paid off. Now a travel destination millions visit the attraction for concerts, events and New Year's Eve light and sound shows. It is an amazing experience AND it's free!

Other interesting places to see are the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. This spectacle holds 1.6 million gallons of water and is home to over 2,000 species of sharks, piranhas, giant rays, jellyfish and much more. There is an admission fee. Another great place for families is Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden located at the Mirage.This enchanting place houses some of the most exotic and majestic animals in the world. Visitors can get an up close look at white tigers, lions, panthers, leopards and bottle nose dolphins.

Las Vegas is a shopping Mecca at every turn. In every major hotel and casino you will find high-end shopping with tenants like Ralph Lauren and Jimmy Choo. There are also two Las Vegas Premium Outlets one north and one south featuring Tory Burch Tommy Hilfiger, J Crew and much more. If you want to bring back funky souvenirs for family and friends head downtown to The World's Largest Gift Shop, Bonanza Gifts There is something for everyone starting at .99 cents.

Transportation
There are car rental spots all up and down the strip which are handy for day trips downtown or site seeing. There are also cabs which run 24 hours a day. Las Vegas' newest and faster form of transportation is the monorail. Touted the "quickest trip on the strip" you can get up and down the strip in 15 minutes. It has 7 stations including Bally's, Caesar's Palace and more. It runs from 7 a.m until 2 a.m. and costs $5.00 for a single trip and $12 to ride all day.

Where To Dine
Buffets are numerous and a popular choice for many visitors. Most casinos have their own versions and range anywhere from $12.99 to $90.00. Also in abundance are celebrity chef restaurants... all the big name chefs are here including Emeril, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Giada, Tom Colicchio and Las Vegas native, Guy Fieri. If your looking for some farm to table breakfast indulgence to soak up the libations from the night before head to Hash a-Go-Go. They give huge portions and have some really inventive drinks. Get the Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles. It features 2 sage fried chicken breasts, applewood smoked bacon and buttermilk waffles all stacked in a tower served with warm maple syrup. It is plenty for 2 people. Get it on the way to Red Rocks for extra energy while hiking.

Where to Stay
With all their lights, shows and offers all the hotels and casinos in Vegas are vying for your business. You can either choose to stay on or off the strip or downtown. If you want to be close to large casinos and all the action the strip is the place for you. If you prefer an old school version of Vegas stay in classic downtown. A favorite due to it's heart of the strip location and it's affordability Treasure Island. The hotel has many amenities without the big ticket price. Ask for a room with a strip view and you will be able to see The Mirages' Volcano show from your window.

No matter what you choose to do or where you plan to stay you are bound to have an exciting and pleasurable vacation. Enjoy and may Lady Luck be with you. 

Local Tip: Stay on a higher floor...the view is better, further up from the casino making it less smokey.

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Harrah's entertains right on the Vegas Strip
Harrah's entertains right on the Vegas Strip
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Local Tip: Outdoor excursions are best done first thing in the morning before the desert heat and crowds swarm.
Las Vegas is more than just nightlife, shopping and gambling. While there is plenty in Sin City to satisfy any need for these vices, the area provides access to mother nature at her best. Hiking, history, water sports and unique rock formations abound.

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Las Vegas is more than just nightlife, shopping and gambling. While there is plenty in Sin City to satisfy any need for these vices, the area provides access to mother nature at her best. Hiking, history, water sports and unique rock formations abound.