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Las Vegas: City Insider


From the talented to the absolutely amazing, Las Vegas offers the best in magic, theater, dance, song, comedy and, of course, games. Gambling draws the majority of tourists and Las Vegas houses a variety of games in each venue. Every casino is vying for your attention and some even have creative themes that will dazzle your imagination. However, whether you want to play poker all day and night, shop until you drop, or go to a museum, Vegas has it all.


It's not called Sin City for nothing; Las Vegas has one of the hottest nightlife scenes in the world, so no matter where you are, there's always something to get into. The Grand Canal Shoppes is host to a celebrity favorite, TAO Nightclub. Coyote Ugly at New York-New York may not be a celebrity magnet, but it's sure to guarantee a rowdy time. Omnia Nightclub, one of the hottest clubs in the city is located at the swanky Caesar's Palace and its soundtrack of the top tracks spun by the best DJs draws crowds that dance till dawn. If pool parties are more your scene, don't worry, the folks at Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas or Bare Pool Lounge at the Mirage have you covered. Nightlife staples like the Atomic Liquors have been around for decades, while upscale spots like Parasol Baroffer an elevated experience complete with panoramic views and celeb sightings! Although the Strip may seem like the center of the action, there are plenty of spots off the strip to dance the night away.


Las Vegas' main draw has always been the gambling, and nowhere in the world has this city beat in the gaming department. Whether you're a high roller or stick to the penny slots, Las Vegas has you covered. Caesars Palace Hotel Casino is a Vegas classic that has all kinds of gambling from high limit slots to all kinds of table games. The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is the largest casino-entertainment complex in the world, at 171,500 square feet (15,933 square meters), providing plenty of room for whatever kind of gambling floats your boat. Harrahs Las Vegas Casino & Hotel boasts the "friendliest dealers" in Vegas. The Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino is a fun place to gamble away some time. Head downtown to visit some of Las Vegas' historic casinos. Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel is a heaven for the hardcore gambler with their world famous poker room, which is where the World Series of Poker started and it is the home of the poker wall of fame. The Golden Nugget Hotel Casino, another longtime favorite has won over 40 gaming awards, including Best Casino and Luckiest Casino.


They don't call it the entertainment capital of the world for nothing. Las Vegas constantly has tons of shows, both long-term engagements as well as those just passing through. One of the biggest headliners in Vegas is Elton John and his The Million Dollar Piano show at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, where the music legend performs some of his greatest hits from over the years. The Excalibur Hotel and Casino invites you to be King Arthur's guest for dinner where you can eat with your fingers and enjoy the Tournament of Kings. Many of Vegas' stages are technical wonders, but none can compare to the presentation area for O in the Bellagio, a 1.5 million gallon tank of water used by the performers of Cirque Du Soleil. One of the most popular Cirque Du Soleil shows is the Beatles tribute, Love, at the Mirage Hotel. The House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino always presents great entertainment in an intimate setting. For a show that won't even dent your wallet, there's always the free shows of the Fountains at Bellagio or the explosive volcano at the Mirage.

For live theater, check out the oldest running small theater in the valley, the Las Vegas Little Theater.  


Vegas really does have everything a city could offer, and this does not exclude shopping. World-renowned designers have all opened shops here, making it so Vegas can rival any fashion capital in the world. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace offers everything from gourmet food, to world-class shopping, and even a moving statue show! The Miracle Mile Shops @ Planet Hollywood has over 150 specialty stores, and 15 restaurants to suit your every desire. The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian will make you feel like you've been swept off to Europe for a shopping spree. The Via Bellagio is a hotbed of famous designer brands like Chanel and Gucci. Crystals is one of the most modern and trendy malls on the strip, dominating the center of the strip with 500,000 square feet (46,452 square meters) of fashion, food and entertainment. The Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas, just 30 minutes off the strip bring you savings on such brand names as Coach and Kate Spade. Downtown, you'll find the Gamblers General Store, where you can buy anything that has to do with gambling to commemorate your trip.


While Las Vegas may seem like nothing but a hive of debauchery and decadence, it's not entirely culture starved. History stays alive at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum where the dinosaurs move and sharks swim up to greet you. Las Vegas history extends further back than the flashy casinos. Visit a slice of early history at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort Historic Park, the first non-Native American structure built in the city. Modern Las Vegas history was built on neon advertising; The Neon Museum provides a look at some of those historic signs. To take a trip to the dark underbelly of the classic Vegas days, The Mob Museum downtown covers the infamous relationship between Sin City and notorious mobsters and crime organizations. The arts have always been an important part of this city's culture. The Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery shows works by local artists as well as national figures in the art world. The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art features works by such famous artists as Monet and Picasso. 


While Vegas is certainly known for non-stop action, there is also an abundance of places you can go and experience pure relaxation. Vegas is full of luxurious spas, where you can get practically any beauty or relaxation treatment under the sun. Spa Bellagio is a classy, serene facility offering a variety of body and relaxation treatments. The Canyon Ranch SpaClub at the Venetian Hotel offers everything from a fitness club to mud baths and even healthy gourmet food. The Spa at Four Seasons is a five-star spa offering all the treatments you would expect from the Four Seasons. They also have private spa rooms for those who want a little more privacy. The Spa at Wynn Las Vegas offers a number of unique, Asian-inspired treatments, utilizing everything from sake to feng shui. Qua Baths & Spa inside Caesars Palace has such features as a Roman bath, as well as a variety of treatments designed especially for men. Nurture Spa at Luxor offers you a serene, calming day with one of their many treatments or signature facials. Oleksandra Spa & Salon offers a special package for everyone, from men to expecting mothers, there's something for everyone here. Located off the strip in the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort Spa & Golf, Aquae Sulis Spa is another top choice which focuses on various water treatments, including a hydrotherapy pool.

Family Fun

Las Vegas has worked hard to reinvent itself as a family destination, so bring the kids along. There are lots of great entertainment venues built with them in mind. The first child-oriented hotel-casino was Circus Circus, complete with a Circus Midway full of carnival games and trapeze acts. The Circus Circus Adventuredome is a theme park built under a large dome so that the kids can ride the roller coaster year-round in climate-controlled comfort.The kids are sure to love The Roller Coaster and the Coney Island Emporium arcade at New York-New York too. For educational fun, visit the Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary and Orchards. Another experience sure to please everyone is the Fremont Street Experience, a light and music show covering downtown Vegas. M&M's World Las Vegas at the Showcase Mall isn't your typical store, where kids can delight in all aspects of this candy-coated treat. The Gondola Rides at the Venetian are a fun family outing, and cheaper than taking them all to Italy. The Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage Hotel Casino is fun and exciting for parents as well as the youngsters.

Outdoor Recreation

If the noise of the city becomes too much to handle, there's a hundred and more things to explore in Las Vegas' natural environs. You'll find everything from scooter tours, racing, bike tours, river expeditions, skydiving and more. Explore the desert scenery as you hike around the Valley of Fire, where you'll find ancient petroglyphs and wonderful rock formations. Another great way to explore the area is by kayaking down the Colorado River, which offers a different view of the untamed landscape. If you're more about relaxation, then there's golf to be had at Angel Park while the Stratosphere Tower's Skyjump is ideal for adrenaline addicts. 

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