Not so long ago, Las Vegas was little more than a dusty town in the middle of the Nevada desert. But with the introduction of the first gaming licence in 1931, Las Vegas began its rapid transformation into the gambling mecca of bright lights and endless possibilities that it is today. From its beginnings as a post-war gangsters’ paradise to its status as Rat-Pack favourite in the 1960s to its current incarnation as a grown-up playground for the rich, famous and everything in between, Las Vegas has always raised eyebrows.
The Las Vegas Strip is lined with over-the-top themed hotels which offer all the wonders of the world under their roofs. You can see erupting volcanoes at the Mirage, cruise on a gondola at the Venetian, wander through ancient Rome at Caesar’s Palace, sip a cocktail at the top of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel and soak up the famous skyline of the Big Apple at New York New York.
Although Vegas’ nickname of “Sin City” may conjure up images of risqué entertainment and all-night gambling, this glittering city is so much more than that and offers something for all the family. Many of the top attractions are completely free, including the nightly fountain show at the Bellagio hotel, the nightly parade at the Fremont Street Experience or simply soaking up the atmosphere along the Las Vegas Strip or the Forum Shops.
Delve into the city’s seedy history at the Mob Museum or learn about some of the world’s most exotic marine creatures at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Adrenaline junkies will love the record-breaking freefall ride at the Stratosphere Tower, while nature lovers can experience the awesome natural beauty of the mighty Grand Canyon which is just a few hours drive away.
In recent years, Las Vegas has made a move away from the infamous hamburger bars and all-you-can-eat buffets (although you can still find plenty of these) and towards offering a more refined and international dining experience. The shopping here is among the best in the United States, with everything from bargain vintage goods to international brands and designer boutiques.
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Home to an impressive fountain show, botanical gardens and a unique glass sculpture, the world-famous Bellagio is one of the must-see hotels in Las Vegas.
This is where Vegas started life – legendary Fremont Street is now the site of nightly shows and special family-friendly events.
Enjoy white-knuckle rides and fantastic views atop the tallest building in Las Vegas.
Go for a free-wheeling spin on The High Roller, a sky-bound adventure that revolves up and around for unparalleled views of the bright lights and landmarks of the Strip. Climb into a glass capsule on the world’s tallest observation wheel for a 360-degree look at sprawling downtown Vegas and beyond.
The first stop is at The Hoover Dam where you can take fantastic pictures thanks to its wonderful views. Your trip continues with pleasant landscapes until you reach your next destination, a comfort stop near Kingman, Arizona.
Le Rêve leads you into an imaginary world where dreams transform into reality. With a massive pool serving as the show's aquatic stage, this unforgettable performance features a cast of 90 world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers, ballroom dancers, and divers.
Based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, this all-new live performance is putting the “strip” in Las Vegas Strip. Starring some of the hottest and most talented men from across the country, this dance and acrobatic spectacular brings some serious heat.
Sip champagne before boarding your helicopter for an unforgettable flight over the fabulous Las Vegas Strip. Hover over Luxor, Bellagio, and the Stratosphere Tower and travel in style to and from your hotel in limousine style transportation.
An immersive journey hailed by Rolling Stone as “A virtual parade of ‘wow’ moments,” Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil is an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals immersing the audience into the world of Michael's music.
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