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Gambling is still a big draw in Las Vegas, but fewer than half of current visitors go for gaming. Entertainment, including shopping, night-clubbing, dining, shows and the fabulous outdoor opportunities available within a short drive, makes Las Vegas one of the most-visited destinations in the world.

Reality takes a hike when you enter the world of glittering casinos with their 24-hour gambling excitement. The scarcity of clocks adds to the fantasy of those taking time off from the real world. As a family vacation destination, the city offers the ultimate in entertainment for all ages. As a business destination, Las Vegas wins hands down with the volume of facilities and services available for either large conventions or small business get-togethers. Multitudes of upscale eateries are at your fingertips for a business lunch or dinner and after-hours entertainment is plentiful and diverse.

Certainly, the casinos and nightlife are what bring visitors here, but there so much more to do – there are several historic and interesting sites, that are perfect for guided or self-guided tours.

Whether you are planning to move here, attend a business meeting, skydive, get married or just relax and enjoy, you will find Las Vegas to be a city like no other in the world.

Places of Interest

The Strip: Las Vegas Boulevard

The fabled three-mile area holds more hotel rooms than any other city in the world. You will find the most famous and remarkable resorts such as Bellagio (famous for its water and light shows at the Fountains) with its Italian Renaissance aura and Caesars Palace, the glory of Rome, Vegas-style. Old standbys include the Flamingo Hilton and the Mirage, with its white tigers and erupting volcanoes. See the Paris Las Vegas with outstanding replicas of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Parisian atmosphere and charm. Treasure Island offers daily live pirate battles, free of charge. At the "bottom" or south end of the strip, risen from the ashes of the Hacienda Hotel, now stands the magnificent Mandalay Bay with its tropical atmosphere and a pool with waves you can actually surf. At the top of the Strip, you will find the Stratosphere Tower visible from miles away. It is the highest free-standing building in the western half of the United States, with views from the top that are indescribable.

Do check out the Shark Reef with its rare green sea turtles and golden crocodiles, then stop into the nearby King Tut's Tomb & Museum located in the giant pyramid of the Luxor, which has the brightest beam of light in the world shining off the top.

Downtown: Fremont Street

The original Las Vegas, where people hung out in the '30s and early '40s, is still thriving, but with a new face known as the Fremont Street Experience. Some tourists actually prefer this area to the Strip because room prices are generally lower, it's an easy walk from one casino to the next and it's reminiscent of the early, nostalgic days of Las Vegas. In addition, there are famous hotels such as The Plaza (formerly known as Union Plaza), overlooking Fremont Street, and the classic Golden Nugget. For nostalgia buffs, there is also the Golden Gate Hotel Casino, renovated to its earlier classic glory and appearance and still famous for the 99-cent shrimp cocktail.

Also, along the Fremont Street Experience is the Neon Museum is where you can enjoy historic Las Vegas neon signs. Close by is the City of Las Vegas Fire Department where children can have free guided tours of the fire department.

Off The Strip

In recent years, hotels have sprouted up near the Strip, which are conveniently accessible by shuttle bus, taxi or car. Some of the better known of these are The Orleans, the Rio Suites and the Gold Coast on Flamingo. Further north on Sahara, is the Palace Station, the granddaddy of the Station Casinos with its original approach to fine buffet dining known as The Feast. To the east, there's the Las Vegas Hilton with the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center. Further south, between Flamingo and Tropicana, east of the Strip, you will find the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino next to the original Hard Rock Cafe, each with its own fantastic giant neon guitar at the entrance.

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