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-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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Guardian Angel Cathedral

    North Strip | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Roman Catholic cathedral often has standing-room only on Saturday afternoon, as visitors pray for luck—and sometimes drop casino chips into...Read More

  • 6. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

    North Strip | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 7. Venetian Gondola Rides

    North Strip | 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 Sheldon...Read More

  • 8. Sirens of TI

    North Strip | Arts/Performance Venue

    If Saturday Night Fever and Pirates of the Caribbean had a baby, it would be something like this oversexed, 20-minute outdoor spectacle...Read More

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