|Las Vegas began its life in 1905 and officially became a city in 1911. Since then it has grown and grown and the main focus of the casinos and massive resort hotels has shifted from the downtown area to the area called Las Vegas Strip (mainly Las Vegas Boulevard). The Strip continues to grow to this day as more and more lavishly constructed buildings are added, and it’s probably along here that you’ll spend the majority of your visit.
Here are some of the highlights of Las Vegas…
The resort hotels and casinos are very spectacular and you could spend several days just wondering in and out of these. Many offer attractions as well, for example, the smaller scale Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, which you can ride to the top of for some great views. This is the 5th tallest building in Las Vegas, though the tallest at 350 metres (1149 ft) is the Stratosphere Tower. Not only can you go to the observation decks on this tower but there are three thrill rides up here too – not for the faint hearted!
One of the attractions at Bellagio is very popular – the Fountains of Bellagio perform amazing water displays played to music and the display changes regularly.
Another stunning resort area is the Venetian, and Mirage is also top of the places to visit. Make sure you visit Mirage in the evening to see the ‘volcano’ erupt every hour!! Also here is the White Tiger Habitat which is worth a visit, and it’s free too!
As well as the casinos where you could spend all night and all day gambling your money away, there are the shows which Las Vegas is famous for too. The Cirque du Soleil shows are probably the most famous and you can catch one of these at several of the hotels/casinos in the city. There are also lots of major shows as well including Spamalot, Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia.
Las Vegas is great for shopaholics too! On the Strip there are several large shopping malls connected to the various hotels. These have many high-end designer stores but Las Vegas is also known for its many outlet malls. The aptly named Las Vegas Outlet Center for example has 120 outlet stores, plus the Las Vegas Premium Outlets for designer name outlet stores such as Lacoste, Polo and Ralph Lauren.
To get out of Las Vegas for a while you could visit the famous Hoover Dam, 30 miles from the city. This huge dam is open for tours and is an interesting visit for a couple of hours.