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.

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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

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...

Clark County Museum

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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...

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...

Ethel M Chocolate Factory

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

Watching gourmet chocolates being made will make your mouth water; fortunately the tour is brief and there are free samples at the end.

Fountains of Bellagio

  • 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...

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...

Galleria at Sunset

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This open-air mall in northwest Henderson boasts dozens of stores and boutiques, restaurants (in a food court), and seasonal carnivals.

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

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More than 200 bird species have been spotted among the system of nine ponds at the 100-acre Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. The preserve's...

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