Las Vegas Sights

Easter Island, Machu Picchu, and other celebrated wonders of the world are certainly impressive. But Las Vegas . . . Las Vegas is a land where jungles thrive and fountains dance in the middle of the desert. It's a place that unites medieval England and ancient Egypt with modern-day Venice, Paris, and New York. It's a never-ending source of irony and improbability where you can turn a chip and a

chair into a million dollars, or celebrate your shotgun wedding by shooting machine guns. Where else does such a wonderland exist? Nowhere. But. Vegas.

The smallish city (geographically) is larger than life, with a collective energy (and excess) that somehow feels intimate. Maybe it's the agreeable chimes and intermittent cheers from the casino floor that fade to tranquillity when you enter a sumptuous spa. Maybe it’s the fish flown in nightly from the Mediterranean that lands on your plate. For each individual, Vegas is an equation where you + more = more of you: more chances to explore aspects of your personality that may be confined by the routine of daily life. It's for this reason alone that the "what happens here stays here" phenomenon is shared by so many visitors.

The city itself has a number of different faces. For a dose of history, head Downtown and explore everything from old casinos to a museum that pays homage to the mobsters who built them. For fun, glitz, and glamour, head to the Strip, which itself has three distinct sections (south, center, north). For outdoor adventure, head west and south, either to the Spring Mountains beyond Summerlin or out to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead—man-made accomplishments of an entirely different sort. Along the way, you can pamper yourself at world-class spas and restaurants, engage in retail therapy at some of the best shopping spots in the world, dance the night away at rocking nightclubs, or—of course—court Lady Luck long enough to strike it rich. With the right itinerary, Vegas even can work for families with young kids.

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The Roller Coaster

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There are two reasons to ride the Coney Island–style New York–New York roller coaster (aka Manhattan Express): first, with a 144-foot...

The Venetian Las Vegas

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The Venetian's casino is a sprawling, bustling nexus of energy at just about every time of day. All told, the gaming floor boasts more...

The Wildlife Habitat

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Just next to the pool area at Flamingo Las Vegas, a flamboyance of live Chilean flamingos lives on islands and in streams surrounded...

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

  • Museum/Gallery

Travel down to the bottom of the North Atlantic where the "ship of dreams" rests after grazing an iceberg in 1912. The 25,000-square-foot...

Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

  • Casino–Sight

T.I. has a reputation for being one of the best places to learn table games. Dealers are patient and kind, and just about every table...

Vegas Indoor Skydiving

  • Sports–Sight

This attraction, just north of Encore Las Vegas, provides the thrill of skydiving without a plane. After 20 minutes of training you enter...

Vegas Vic

  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

The 50-foot-tall neon cowboy outside the Pioneer Club has been waving to Las Vegas visitors since 1947 (though, truth be told, he had...

Venetian Gondola Rides

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Let a gondolier "o sole mio" you down Vegas's rendition of Venice's Canalozzo. We love this attraction because it's done so well—owner...

Volcano at Mirage

  • Volcano

This erupting volcano, a 54-foot mountain-fountain surrounded by a lake of miniature fire spouts, is a must-see free attraction on the...

Wynn Las Vegas

  • Casino–Sight

Wynn's casino is a gorgeous, inviting place to play (and a great place to spot celebrities). Table limits can be dauntingly high, most...

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