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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Adventuredome Theme Park

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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.

Circus Circus Carnival Midway

  • 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...

Gold Spike

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Once a (seedy) casino, the Gold Spike has been resuscitated as part of Tony Hsieh's $350 million Downtown Project. In this case, that...

Stratosphere Tower Rides

  • 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...

The High Roller

  • 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...

The Roller Coaster

  • 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...

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...

Fantasy Faire Midway

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Merrie Olde England meets a modern-day carnival with all your favorites like skee-ball, old-fashioned horse-racing games, and a few high-tech...

GameWorks

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

GameWorks is the biggest, most boisterous arcade in town. The multilevel arcade has more than 250 games, loosely arranged by genre, including...

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