A lot of people think that Las Vegas is just gamblers and hotels. Well, they are very wrong. Las Vegas is a huge park for adults and one can find a lot of interesting things to do there.
Las Vegas is like a theme park for adults. From the moment you touch down at McCarran Airport you enter an alternative universe. Where else could you be greeted by the sight of slot machines even before you’ve left the terminal? Where else can you view the Eiffel Tower besides the wonders of ancient Egypt and the canals of Venice? And where else can you get married in a drive-thru wedding chapel serenaded by Elvis? There is really only one Las Vegas.
It is safe to conclude that Las Vegas has successfully changed its image from a desert city full of gamblers and ostentatious hotels, to a world class destination for people seeking new adventures. An evening stroll to take in the neon lights is unforgettable. This is a place to take in show with top talent, try your luck at casino games they don’t have in Kansas, eat in truly wonderful restaurants and soak up the sun in surroundings of some of the world’s most incredible hotels. And when you’ve had enough of gambling and razzmatazz there’s still some serious shopping to be enjoyed.
Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the world, and you can’t visit without trying your luck at least one of the casinos on Las Vegas Boulevard, better known as The Strip. By day these casinos are breathtakingly opulent but at night they are out of this world as millions of neon lights transform the city into a shining vision. Nowhere is more dazzling that at the north end of The Strip on Fremont Street. And the choice of where to gamble, eat or see a show is truly mind-boggling.
At the Bellagio hotel, modeled on Italy’s Lake Como, you can lose your shirt on gambling tables while being mesmerized by its dancing fountains. Or try The Venetian, where you can take a gondola ride down the Grand Canal before hitting the slot machines. Circus Circus has its own theme park, trapeze artists and juggling cocktail waitresses. Then there’s Excalibur, which recreates King Arthur’s Camelot, complete with sword swallowing knights. Caesar’s Palace is the quintessential Vegas resort and huge stars such as Celine Dion and Elton John have performed in its spectacular Roman Colosseum theater. The Luxor is home to a 36 story pyramid, a golden sphinx and a tomb of Tutankhamun.You can even pretend you’re on an island in the Pacific if you visit The Mirage. There’s you’ll find an erupting volcano, dolphins and a tropical themed casino. At the Mandalay Bay you can watch predators in the shark reef before enjoying the international hit musical MAMA MIA. All these casinos are really resorts with everything you need-restaurants, shops, health spas, art galleries and theatres-all under the same roof.
If you choose, you don’t need to set foot out of your hotel. But that would mean missing out on some extraordinary sights and experiences, not to mention the opportunity to get a tan. Las Vegas is in the middle of the Mojave Desert so there’s not much chance of your holiday being a washout in terms of the weather. In fact it rarely rains there. The summer can be very hot, but if it’s too warm by the pool, you can always visit one of the many shopping malls.
Don’t miss the outlet centers, with some 250 shops and name brands like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana. Even while you are out shopping, then entertainment goes on. Inside the huge Fashion Show Mall, there are snowstorms, fashion shows and The Cloud-a massive steel structure projecting movies and images above the heads of the customers.
If shopping is not for you, hit the heights on one of La Vegas’s top rides. The Roller Coaster at New York-New York is scary enough but it pales in comparison with X-Scream at the Stratosphere, which whizzes through the air at up to 30mph before dangling riders 900 feet above The Strip.
Back down on the ground, don’t miss one of Vegas’s legendary shows. Nowhere on earth does razzle-dazzle like here, with big name stars, favorite musicals and dancers in eye-popping costumes. The popular Cirque du Soleil has several shows running in Las Vegas, but book early. It’s virtually impossible to get tickets at the last minute.
If you thought Las Vegas was just for night owls and gamblers, you were wrong. As the city continues to develop and expand, you can bet on a different experience each time you go. There is a famous saying that “whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” but there is one thing you are allowed to bring home-and that is a set of amazing memories.