Big, bold, dazzling Las Vegas is the largest city in the US state of Nevada. Las Vegas or just ‘Vegas’ is renowned for its abundance of entertainment options especially its many always-open opulent casinos that offer a variety of fine dining, shopping and entertainment options.
So, if New York City is the Big Apple and the city that never sleeps then Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world.
The Strip is the center of all the action.
The Strip is the main drag of Las Vegas. Extending over a stretch of 4.5 miles off Las Vegas Boulevard, the Strip is home to the most extravagant and over the top casino resort hotels in the world. The Bellagio with its spectacular dancing fountain, Luxor with its Egypt-inspired décor, the Tropicana, Caesars Palace, Circus Circus, Harrah’s, the Linq and various other expansive casino resort hotels occupy slots on the Strip and are usually the top choice for accommodation for visitors to this vibrant city.
At daytime, the buildings housing these fantastic adult playgrounds look rather ordinary, but at come, nightfall their spectacular lighting transforms the Strip into a brightly illuminated fairyland.
Dine at the best restaurants in the world
Almost every celebrity chef has made sure he/she has a representation in Sin City or Las Vegas. Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Gordon Ramsey, Jose Andres, Mario Batali, Joel Robuchon, Nobu Matsuhisa, Pierre Gagnaire, Bobby Flay and many others have outlets in Las Vegas. So if you’ve always wanted to dine at these top tables, the city of Las Vegas gives you the opportunity to do so provided you have the budget.
Shop up a storm
No holiday is complete without a spot of shopping, and Las Vegas offers a variety of shopping options to suit every wallet. If money is no object and big name brands are your preference then the Forum Shops at Ceasers Palace, the Grand Canal shops at the Venetian and the Palazzo and the Crystals mall are bound to fulfill your luxury shopping needs. For big name brands at modest prices try the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North in downtown Las Vegas or then join the hordes of shoppers who head to the fashion outlets in the town of Primm outside the city. Another shopping haunt worth perusing is South Main Street. This quaint area is home to a plethora of vintage and antique stores that are worth exploring.
Take in a performance or two
Las Vegas is the epicenter of entertainment in the USA. Many of luminaries from the worlds of music and film have graced the city’s many stages like the Colosseum at Ceasers Palace. Julio Iglesias, Celine Dion, Elton John, Tony Bennet, Gloria Estefan, Shania Twain are just some of the big names that have played here. In addition to the hotels many popular watering holes like the Commonwealth, the Velveteen Rabbit, Golden Tikki host regular live-music performances, as do establishments like Hard Rock Live and Brooklyn Bowl.
Apart from live-music, Vegas, also stages several sporting events such as big name boxing bouts, which tend to attract a worldwide audience.
Freemont Street Experience
Located in downtown Las Vegas, the Freemont Street Experience is a pedestrian mall that stretches over five blocks. The attraction features a 1500 foot long vaulted canopy adorned with 12.5 million LED lights that are synchronized with the installed sound system. Audio Visual displays light up the Viva Vision video screen while visitors also enjoy zip lining through the area via the Slotzilla zip line, a slot machine inspired attraction.