Las Vegas

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-endin
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 wit
Easter Island, Machu Picchu, and other celebrated wonders of the world are certainly impressive. But Las Vegas . . . Las

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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  • 1. Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

    Center Strip | 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 arrangements...Read More

  • 2. Fountains of Bellagio

    Center Strip | Fountain

    At least once on your visit you should stop in front of Bellagio to view its spectacular water ballet from start to finish. The dazzling fountains...Read More

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  • Neon Museum

    3. Neon Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Consider this Downtown museum the afterlife for old neon signs. The facility, which displays more than 150 signs that date back to the 1930s...Read More

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  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

    4. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

    Summerlin South | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Red sandstone cliffs and dramatic desert landscapes await day-trippers and outdoors enthusiasts at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area...Read More

    Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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  • Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat

    5. Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat

    Center Strip | Zoo/Aquarium

    The palm-shaded sanctuary has a collection of the planet's rarest and most exotic creatures. Animals are rotated regularly, but at any time...Read More

    Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat
  • Stratosphere Tower Rides

    6. Stratosphere Tower Rides

    North Strip | Amusement Park/Water Park

    High above the Strip at the tip of the Stratosphere Tower are four major thrill rides that will scare the bejeezus out of you, especially if...Read More

    Stratosphere Tower Rides
  • 7. The High Roller

    Center Strip | Amusement Park/Water Park

    Standing more than 100 feet taller than the iconic London Eye, the High Roller opened in 2014 as the largest observation wheel in the world...Read More

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  • The Roller Coaster

    8. The Roller Coaster

    South Strip | Amusement Park/Water Park

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

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  • 9. Vegas Indoor Skydiving

    North Strip | 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 a...Read More

  • 10. "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign

    South Strip | Historic District/Site

    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. The landmark...Read More

  • 11. Adventuredome Theme Park

    North Strip | 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....Read More

  • 12. Antique Collection at Main Street Station

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 13. Arts Factory

    Downtown | Store/Shop/Mall

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

  • 14. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

    Center Strip | 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. Today...Read More

  • 15. Circus Circus Carnival Midway

    North Strip | Amusement Park/Water Park

    If you can't win the jackpot at the casino, try winning your sweetheart a teddy bear instead. Here you can play old-time fair games like the...Read More

  • 16. CityCenter Fine Art Collection

    Center Strip | Museum/Gallery

    CityCenter includes $42 million in public art. Pieces range from sculptures to paintings and elaborate fountains. Our favorite: Big Edge ,...Read More

  • 17. Clark County Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Step into the past (quite literally) at this modest museum, a 30-acre site that features a modern exhibit hall with a time-line exhibit about...Read More

  • 18. Cowboy Trail Rides

    Trail/Path

    The best way to explore the mountains of Red Rock National Conservation Area is by horseback, and Cowboy Trail Rides has it covered. The outfitter...Read More

  • 19. DISCOVERY Children's Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 20. Downtown Arts District

    Downtown | Neighborhood/Street

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

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