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Las Vegas

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Country rank: 1 out of 19 Places To Visit In Usa

Sub-Region: Nevada


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Best time: September to November (Autumn) (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Las Vegas (Check Flights)

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""Entertainment Capital of the World""

Las Vegas Tourism

Las Vegas - a place that in today's date needs absolutely no introduction. Just hearing the name will make you picture the neon sign boards, the iconic hotels and the legendary casinos. For the ultimate, no-limits entertainment trip, there is hardly any place in the world that comes close to Vegas.

The city is the epitome of the ultimate party life in the world. Everyone wants to go to Vegas, and who can blame them? The city's bright skyline, the super luxury hotels and resorts, the world-famous casino and the even-more-world-famous nightclubs coupled with the supremely extravagant atmosphere of the Las Vegas Strip make a visit to Las Vegas unlike no other. There is absolutely no end to the amount of fun you can have here and at the same time the amount of money you can blow here! Some come back talking making it big in the casinos, while some get too ambitious and go broke even before they are scheduled to get back home! Some of the world's greatest hotels - the Bellagio, the Venetian, the MGM Grand, the Wynn Las Vegas - are all located on a single stretch of road called the Strip - the Las Vegas you see in movies and TV shows. Running out of things to do on the strip is practically impossible. There is literally so much to do that you'll either a) run out of money; or b) run out of time, with the former being more probable. The other super famous area of Vegas is Downtown, which quite like the Strip is beautifully lit up the entire time, except for the light and sound show in the Fremont Street Experience on a curved LED roof stretching over the entire promenade! The Las Vegas does have a lot more to offer as well. We all have seen the movie Titanic and were all teared up by the end. Visit the rush of emotions once again as you go through Titanic Artifact Exhibition, which takes you back to the life on the ship on that fateful night, and stories of the passengers who survived and those who didn't. Or for an even more intense experience, visit the Mob Museum, giving a significant insight into how influential organised crime has been in Vegas and all of US. Visit the nearby Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for some stunning views of the Keystone Thrust, or look at the various signboards of historic businesses and casinos of Vegas that has now shut down in the Neon Museum. You will definitely have an absolutely unforgettable time on your trip to Vegas!

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Shopping in Las Vegas doesn't come too far behind the quality in the nightlife. Again, you'll find the best and the most luxurious points to shop on the Strip, such as the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, the Showcase Mall, Crystals, Le Boulevard at Paris Las Vegas and numerous others. Outside the Strip, the best places to shop are Las Vegas Premium Outlets, Downtown Summerlin, Downtown Container Park, and also several pawn shops and antique stores along with art galleries and souvenir stores. Don't leave Las Vegas without buying an apt souvenir! Check out the souvenir shops on the strip, like the Bonanza Gift Shop, the world's largest gift shop.

The US Dollar is the only currency accepted in Las Vegas. Major cards will easily be accepted at a majority of the places, and ATMs can be found absolutely anywhere.

There are numerous locations to exchange your currency in Vegas. As soon as you get off at the airport there are several money exchanging booths, however they have very high rates and it's best to avoid these. The same applies for your hotel, most of them have a currency exchange booth but have high prices. Casinos make for a great place to exchange money, they offer much better exchange rates than the options above. As always, you can simply exchange currency through ATM withdrawals, however it's best to enquire if your bank has international transaction fees.

If you are travelling to Las Vegas, get ready to spend. Las Vegas is one of the most expensive destinations anywhere in the world, and if you have a low budget you might miss out on the essential Las Vegas experience! You are definitely going to visit a casino, and visit the famous attractions at the hotel - resorts on the Strip, so let's assume you're spending a minimum of USD 50 - 100 at casinos. The famous shows from the huge production companies also have tickets starting around USD 50. Food can cost as little as a USD 15 - 20 buffet, to a USD 100 meal at a fancy five star. So piecing it together, a low budget trip to Las Vegas covering the essentials for a few days will cost you around USD 200 - 250 per person, a mid ranging budget (more gambling, bit of shopping, fancier food) around USD 300 - 450, and a high end trip can cost you absolutely anything north of USD 500.

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There are no strict customs or codes of conduct in Vegas. There are people from all walks of life in the city, from all over the world. Simple courteous behaviour is more than enough. Also, while visiting casinos, always remember to dress smartly. How you're treated by the staff could have a major impact by how you're dressed. Tipping is customary in casinos and hotels. If you're winning at the tables, knocking a few dollars of for the dealer is considered sufficient. USD 3 - 4 is also enough when you're tipping porters and bell hops. At the smaller restaurants a 10 - 20% tip is enough, while at the luxury hotels it is totally up to you.

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While the natives first moved to the Las Vegas area about 10,000 years ago, the first Spanish settlers arrived in the region in 1829, in nearby Los Angeles. Las Vegas was named so subsequently due to it's vast and lush grasslands (the name is Spanish for 'the meadows'). When John C. Fremont arrived in 1844, his writings began to attract more and more influential individuals into the Las Vegas valley. Las Vegas was founded as a city way later in 1905, and incorporated 6 years later. The Las Vegas culture we see today, started back in 1931 when the state of Nevada legalised casino gambling, and the construction of the Hoover Dam meant that the city's production helped it avoid the Great Depression. Las Vegas started to grow into the casino and luxury hotel destination after World War II, and it was also the site of nuclear weapons testing until 1963. The 60s were also the period when gambling culture grew rapidly, ultimately culminating in Steve Wynn opening the Mirage, Las Vegas' first mega-casino resort. Ever since then, through the efforts of Wynn himself and several others, Las Vegas has grown to become the entertainment capital of the world.

Las Vegas is literally the Entertainment Capital of the World, and if there is any city on earth which comes close to it when it comes to the party life, then it's Ibiza. That being said, there is literally no limit to the number of clubs and casinos you can go to in Las Vegas. The Strip is hands down Las Vegas' best place for nightlife, with it's enormous range of luxury resort hotels and the uncountable clubs that they have. Many Las Vegas clubs have resident DJs that are the best in the world, such as the MGM Grand's Hakkasan. Bellagio, Wynn, Venetian and so many other hotels have some of the best nightclubs and casinos in the entire world. Downtown Las Vegas is also a major hub for nightlife, with it's own array of nightclubs and casinos to choose from. Throughout the city you will find so many bars, clubs, lounges, casinos that it is extremely difficult to single out any.

If there ever was an example of an international city, Las Vegas would probably be it. You will find absolutely every single international cuisine in this city, from small joints to five star restaurants, there is just no shortage of eating options here! There are so many restaurants throughout the city, in Spring Valley, in Downtown and then of course the hotels and the shopping malls on the Strip have a plethora of food options. In Las Vegas, you can dine like a king in the elaborate restaurants and chew on dishes like the Riserva Steak at the Palazzo; or enjoy the rustic enjoyment of eating street foods from food trucks and stalls like hot dogs, huge burgers and sandwiches, bagels etc; or visit any of the numerous restaurants with popular signature dishes, like the Chicken Benedict at Hash House A Go featured in the famous TV show Man v Food! You'll well and truly never run out of eating options here.


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