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...

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

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

CityCenter Fine Art Collection

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

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...

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

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If your kids are into animals (or taxidermy), they'll love this museum, where every continent and geological age is represented. You're...

Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame

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This fun facility has more than 200 games from 1947 to 2009, including the old wood-rail models. Though it may sound more like an arcade...

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

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Audition in front of Simon Cowell or stand toe-to-toe with Muhammad Ali as you explore the open showroom filled with uncanny celebrity...

Marjorie Barrick Museum

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This museum on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus has an excellent permanent collection of objects that predate the arrival of...

National Atomic Testing Museum

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Today's Las Vegas is lighted by neon and LCD, but during the Cold War, uranium and plutonium illuminated the area from time to time as...

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