Glittering with neon signs, Las Vegas has long become the largest tourist destination in the United States. Here passion and luxury reign supreme, casinos work 24 hours a day, and an endless stream of shows and entertainment captures the tourist headlong. It is not for nothing that people in Las Vegas forget about reality and everyday affairs and are completely attached to unrestrained fun.
The alluring glitter of the giant casino hotels Luxor Las Vegas, Bellagio and Ceasars Palace is a magnet for tourists from all over the world. Unusual collections of local museums force even inveterate lovers of the classics to reconsider their attitude to art, and you don’t want to leave amusement parks at all. Las Vegas is an incredible city, a phantom in the desert and an alluring oasis that gives the traveler the illusion of infinite lightness of being.
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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
The first thing a tourist sees when entering the city via the Las Vegas Strip is the famous welcome sign that sparkles with bright lights and, as it were, promises guests an unforgettable experience and fun adventures. The sign was installed in 1959. Its design in the googi style popular in the middle of the 20th century was developed by B. Willis. Since 2009, the mark has been included in the US National Register of Historic Places.
Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip is the central alley and heart of the city, home to famous casinos (including the legendary Caesar’s Palace) and luxury hotels. Each building on this street can be seen as a riotous splash of architectural imagination of the creators: there is a copy of the Eiffel Tower and Brooklyn Bridge, the Egyptian Pyramid and the Sphinx figure, a medieval castle and other grandiose buildings.
Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont Street Experience is a huge arched dome video screen that was erected on the street of the same name in 1995 to enhance the tourist attraction of the place. The height of this grandiose structure reaches 30 meters, and the length is comparable to the length of 4 blocks. The screen was developed by LG, which also became its general sponsor.
A casino hotel on the Las Vegas Strip that was completed in 1998. “Bellagio” is designed for almost 4 thousand rooms, it takes 11th place in the world rating of hotels for this indicator. One of its main attractions is the musical fountain, which releases more than 1000 powerful jets and is equipped with 4.5 thousand light sources. Every day there is a light and music show, which usually lasts from lunch until midnight.
Luxor Las Vegas
An entertainment complex, which includes a hotel with 4.5 thousand rooms and a casino. It is built in the form of a black 30-storey pyramid over 100 meters in height. In the evenings, a powerful beam of light erupts from the summit, which is visible even from the Earth’s orbit. In front of the building is a huge sphinx figure. The gaming zone “Luxor Las Vegas” has an area of over 11 thousand square meters and consists of 87 tables and more than 1.5 thousand machines.
“Paris Las Vegas”
Another grand casino hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. From an architectural point of view, it is a copy of the French hotel “De Ville”. The peculiarity of the complex is that it is surrounded by replicas of French landmarks: there is the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and the Paris Opera. The interior of the hotel is decorated in a European style, which allows guests to forget that they are in the United States, and not somewhere in the Old World.
“Venetian Las Vegas”
As the name suggests, this casino hotel is decorated in the style of a Venetian palazzo. On its territory there are 18 restaurants, 6 swimming pools, a fitness club, a spa and shops. The lobby of the hotel is painted with copies of Italian painting, decorated with marble columns and arches. All frescoes, statues and other interior elements look as if they are already several hundred years old – they are practically indistinguishable from the originals.
“Wynn” was named after billionaire Steve Wynn, who made his fortune through the gambling industry. The complex consists of 60 floors, making it one of the tallest in Las Vegas. In addition to the hotel and the gambling zone, there is a dealership for Maserati, Ferrari, AstonMartin and other luxury brands. The interior of the complex is decorated with works of art from the personal collection of S. Wynn.
An entertainment complex designed in the style of Ancient Rome. It has existed since 1966. “Cesars Palace” became famous for its entertaining shows and performances of pop stars (Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Celine Dion sang here). In 2003, a 4300-seat Colosseum was built for concerts. The hotel of the complex consists of six towers, which contain about 4 thousand rooms.
“Stratosphere Las Vegas”
Hotel-casino, built in the form of a tower, which reaches a height of 350 meters. The Stratosphere observation deck is the highest in the United States. The complex was built in 1996. At first, it was not very popular with visitors due to its location away from popular places in Las Vegas, but thanks to the favorable prices and competent marketing, the hotel eventually became a success.
Ranch “Casa de Shenandoah”
House-Museum of Wayne Newton, an American pop singer who has performed in the city’s casinos for many years, for which he was nicknamed Mr. Las Vegas. In the 1980s, he was the highest paid artist in the world. The villa has a collection of rare cars, an exhibition of exotic animals, as well as a private jet, Arabian horses and other attributes of luxury life.
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden and the Conservatory are part of the Bellagio Hotel-Casino Complex. More than 10 thousand plants of the garden are placed on a vast territory, various animal figures are made from flowers, which gives the place a fabulous look. To care for such an impressive land, there is a staff of 100 gardeners who daily water, trim and create new flower arrangements for the delight of visitors.
Chapel of Flowers
An iconic wedding chapel where couples from all over the world come to get married. The building itself looks modest and laconic, especially against the backdrop of the grandiose sights of Las Vegas. But at the same time, the chapel is one of the most technologically advanced. It was here that the first ceremonies were held on the Internet and via Skype. Several wedding packages are available for newlyweds.
The collection is entirely dedicated to one of the main attributes of Las Vegas, without which this city is almost impossible to imagine – neon signs of all stripes and shapes. Most of the exhibits are located in the open air. In total, the museum exhibits about 150 signs. Many of them have not been renovated or restored, therefore they are of certain artistic interest.
The exposition is located in the building of the former post office. It is dedicated to the rule of law and the fight against organized crime. For visitors, a variety of entertainment is provided here: from shooting from a machine gun to studying illegal business schemes. The museum was opened in 2012 at the initiative of the mayor O. Goodman, who allocated $ 76 million from the city budget for its organization.
Madame Tussauds museum
The main difference between Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is the presence of a large section dedicated to local stars, among whom is the figure of the publisher “Playboy” Hugh Hefner. The rest of the exposition consists of famous actors, athletes, singers and other public figures. For example, the museum has wax copies of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lopez. The figures are so well executed that they seem alive.
National Museum of Atomic Tests
The museum is located in the suburbs of Las Vegas. It was created in 2005 as the exhibition pavilion of the Smithsonian Institution. The exposition is dedicated to the Nevada Test Site, where nuclear tests have been carried out since the 1950s. The collection includes deadly weapons from the Cold War, the interior of bunkers, and various measuring equipment. A nuclear explosion is shown on special screens.
“Exhibition of artifacts of the Titanic”
The exposition is located on the territory of the hotel-casino “Luxor Las Vegas”. It is quite popular with tourists, as it is dedicated to one of the main disasters of the 20th century – the crash of the Titanic liner. In total, the museum has collected about 300 exhibits raised from the seabed: details of the ship’s skin, interior items, jewelry, personal belongings of passengers and even a bottle of champagne that has been preserved from 1900.
Shelby American Museum
A small collection of Mustangs by Shelby American, Inc. Visitors will not only be able to view the exhibition, consisting of retro models and new designs, but also hear the history of the brand from the guide and learn about the peculiarities of the production of these devices by visiting the assembly shop. Museum tours are free once or twice a day. The exposition will interest, first of all, passionate fans of cars.
Ferris wheel “High Roller”
The Las Vegas Ferris Wheel is considered one of the largest in the world. Its height is about 170 meters. The grandiose attraction consists of 28 spacious booths, each of which can accommodate a record number of visitors (several dozen people). The wheel completes a full revolution in 30 minutes. During this time, everyone has time to fully enjoy the mesmerizing view of the city from a bird’s eye view.
An amusement park for the whole family on the Las Vegas Strip, covering an area of more than 20 thousand square meters. There are 25 rides (including a steep roller coaster with a double dead loop), a golf course, a shooting range and a climbing wall. Also, a fun clown show is arranged for visitors. The park is located under the roof on the territory of the Circus Circus hotel, but not only guests can visit it.
Amusement Park “Dig This”
An unusual amusement park for adults, where you can try yourself as an operator of an excavator, bulldozer and other heavy equipment. Only persons over 18 years old are freely admitted here (children from 14 to 18 need to obtain parental consent). Safety precautions are strictly observed throughout the territory: visitors are given helmets and vests, as well as detailed instructions.
The dam is located on the border of the states of Arizona and Nevada in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. It is not only the largest power plant in the region, but also protects the southwestern United States from flooding. The dam is named after Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, who allocated money for its construction. The building was built in 1935 and since 1937 it has already become a popular tourist attraction.
The summit is located in southern Nevada and is the highest point in the Spring Mountain range. From the Las Vegas Strip, the mountain can be reached in various ways: on foot, by bike, or even by horse (sledging and skiing are popular in winter). Charleston is located in the Mount Charleston Wilderness Area National Park. There are many picnic and camping sites in the summit area.
Red rock canyon
National Wildlife Refuge of the State of Nevada, which is visited by over a million people annually. The natural area is located on the border of the states of Arizona, Nevada, Utah and California. The total length of hiking trails in Red Rock Canyon is over 30 km. People come here from bustling Las Vegas to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of nature, as well as to see the unique landscapes of the Mojave Desert.