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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Antique Collection at Main Street Station

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

Arts Factory

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

DISCOVERY Children's Museum

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The DISCOVERY Children's Museum is one of the most technologically sophisticated children's museums in the entire country. The facility...

Downtown Arts District

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The emergence of the offbeat 18b Arts District (so called because it comprises 18 blocks bounded by South 7th, Main, Bonneville, and...

Downtown Container Park

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It turns out shipping containers—the same kinds you see on cargo ships and tractor trailers—can be pretty versatile. At this open-air...

Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino

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In the olden days, the casino at the Lady Luck Hotel & Casino was considered one of the most happening spots in town. When the Downtown...

El Cortez Hotel & Casino

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It's fitting that one of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas (circa 1941, to be exact) still offers blackjack the way it should be played:...

Four Queens Resort & Casino

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This isn't the fanciest casino in town, but locals and tourists alike love it for its approachable style and low table limits. At certain...

Fremont Street Experience

  • Pedestrian Mall

If you're looking for something a little different, head to this ear-splitting, eye-popping show that takes place on the underside of...

Gamblers Book Club

  • Store/Shop/Mall

This unassuming bookstore near Fremont Street downtown is heaven for gambling nerds who want to stock up on research material for their...

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