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. "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

  • 2. A Little White Wedding Chapel

    North Strip | Other Attraction

    The list of ALWWC alums is impressive: Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Michael Jordan, Britney Spears, and Frank...Read More

  • 3. Chapel of the Flowers

    North Strip | Other Attraction

    Enjoy a brief facsimile of a traditional ceremony at this venue, designed to be a turnkey wedding operation, with two chapels and an outdoor...Read More

  • 4. Clark County Marriage License Bureau

    Downtown | Other Attraction

    A no-wait marriage certificate can be yours if you bring $77 cash (there's an additional fee for credit cards), identification, and your beloved...Read More

  • 5. Haunted Vegas Ghost Hunt

    East Side | Other Attraction

    Things start with a not-so-scary pizza party at the Tuscany Resort. Then with ghost-hunting equipment provided by your guide, you ride through...Read More

  • 6. High Roller

    Center Strip | Other Attraction

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

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  • 7. Little Church of the West

    South Strip | Other Attraction

    This cedar-and-redwood chapel on the South Strip is one of the city's most famous. The kitsch is kept under control, and the setting borders...Read More

  • 8. Office of Civil Marriages

    Downtown | Other Attraction

    If you don't want to be married by Elvis or a Klingon, head for the Office of Civil Marriages downtown, where a commissioner will do the deed...Read More

  • 9. Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapels

    North Strip | Other Attraction

    An endless variety of wedding themes and add-on shtick is available, ranging from elegant to casual to camp. You can say your vows in the presence...Read More

  • 10. Volcano at Mirage

    Center Strip | Other Attraction

    This erupting volcano, a 54-foot mountain-fountain surrounded by a lake of miniature fire spouts, is a must-see free attraction on the Strip...Read More

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