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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"Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign

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This neon-and-incandescent sign, in a median of Las Vegas Boulevard south of Mandalay Bay, is one of Sin City's most enduring icons.

Adventuredome Theme Park

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

If the sun is blazing, the kids are antsy, and you need a place to while away a few hours, make for the big pink dome behind Circus Circus.

Antique Collection at Main Street Station

  • Museum/Gallery

The hotel's collection of antiques, artifacts, and collectibles includes Louisa May Alcott's private railcar, stained glass from the...

Aria Resort & Casino

  • Casino–Sight

CityCenter's lone casino is at Aria. Oddly, however, whereas the rest of the hotel is bathed in sunlight, the main gaming floor (especially...

Arts Factory

  • Store/Shop/Mall

An intriguing concentration of antiques shops and galleries is found on East Charleston Boulevard and Casino Center Drive, anchored by...

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

The flowers, trees, and other plants in Bellagio's soaring atrium are fresh and alive, grown in a 5-acre greenhouse. The artistic floral...

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

  • Museum/Gallery

This gallery—one of the last of its kind inside Strip hotels—originally was curated from Bellagio founder Steve Wynn's private collection.

Bellagio Las Vegas

  • Casino–Sight

This roomy casino is luxurious and always packed. Under tassled, orange canopies you can sometimes spot high rollers betting stacks of...

Caesars Palace

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Considering how huge Caesars Palace really is, the actual gaming area feels remarkably small. The Palace Casino retains its 1966 intimacy,...

Casino Royale

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The great odds are what make this no-frills casino (it's actually a Best Western!) across the street from The Mirage worth a visit. The...

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