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Las Vegas: City Insider

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Gambling capital, vacation paradise or premier business destination; these are all definitions of the city that never sleeps. Reality takes a hike when you enter the world of glittering casinos with their 24-hour gambling excitement. The scarcity of clocks adds to the fantasy of those taking time off from the real world. As a family vacation destination, the city offers the ultimate in entertainment for all ages. As a business destination, Las Vegas wins hands down with the volume of facilities and services available for either large conventions or small business get-togethers. Multitudes of upscale eateries are at your fingertips for a business lunch or dinner and after-hours entertainment is plentiful and diverse. Whether you are planning to move here, attend a business meeting, skydive, get married or just relax and enjoy, you will find Las Vegas to be a city like no other in the world.

The Strip: Las Vegas Boulevard

This fabled three-mile (4.8-kilometer) area holds more hotel rooms than any other city in the world. You will find the most famous and remarkable resorts such as Bellagio with its Italian Renaissance aura and Caesars Palace, the glory of Rome, Vegas-style. Old standbys include the Flamingo Las Vegas and the Mirage, with its white tigers and erupting volcanoes. See the Paris Las Vegas with outstanding replicas of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and magnifique Parisian atmosphere and charm. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is also an impressive hotel with a nice casino that is very popular with the most trendy of visitors and celebrities. At the "bottom," or south end, of the strip, risen from the ashes of the Hacienda Hotel, now stands the magnificent Mandalay Bay with its tropical atmosphere and a pool with waves you can actually surf. At the top of the Strip, you will find the Stratosphere Tower visible from miles away. It was the highest free-standing building in the western half of the United States, at the time it was built. Thrill seekers can spin 900 feet (274 meters) above the air, with only the city lights beneath their feet in this heart-stopping ride. From gondola rides at Venice-inspired St Mark’s Square to admiring art at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art or taking in neon views from the top of The High Roller, the sheer variety of things to do will leave you spoiled for choice.

Downtown: Fremont Street and the Arts District

The original Las Vegas, where people hung out in the 1930s and early 1940s, is still thriving, but with a modern face known as the Fremont Street Experience. Some tourists actually prefer this area to the Strip because room prices are generally lower, it's an easy walk from one casino to the next and it's reminiscent of the early, nostalgic days of Las Vegas. In addition, there are famous hotels such as The Plaza (formerly known as Union Plaza), overlooking Fremont Street, and the classic Golden Nugget. For nostalgia buffs, there is also the Golden Gate Hotel Casino, renovated to its earlier classic glory and appearance and still famous for their shrimp cocktails. Downtown Vegas is also home to another monument to its infamous past with the Mob Museum.

The 18b or the Downtown Arts District is where you'll find quirky galleries side by side bohemian boutiques, bars and lively cafes. The heart of the city's creative movement, this neighborhood is in a constant state of reinvention and growth. With more of a local vibe than DTLV or The Strip, this is the place to experience a different, more alternative side of the city.  Drop by on the first Friday of the month for a lively atmosphere fueled by art events and explore the art houses and studios that feature everything from famous to upcoming artists that call Las Vegas home.

Off-Strip

In recent years, hotels have sprouted up near the Strip, which are conveniently accessible by shuttle bus, taxi or car. Some of the better known of these are The Orleans, the Rio Suites and the Gold Coast on Flamingo. Further north on Sahara, is the Palace Station, the granddaddy of the Station Casinos. To the east, there's the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center and further south, between Flamingo and Tropicana, east of the Strip, you will find the "must-see" Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Boulder Strip

This has become something of a phenomenon in itself. The Boulder Highway was once a sprawl of small motels and businesses, leading from Fremont Street out to the city of Henderson and beyond that to Boulder City and Boulder Dam, also known as Hoover Dam. But in recent years it's become the "Second Strip" with its proliferation of large, popular hotels and casinos including the Boulder Station Hotel and Casino, one of the first properties to offer child-care at a nominal fee for children of both guests and non-guests, and Sam's Town Hotel and Casino, which has become the high standard of western-theme resorts with its Mystic Falls Indoor Park.

Summerlin 

Located in the far northwest section of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin is a planned community with homes, shops, recreational activities, festivals and concerts. A wonderful accommodation in this area is the Suncoast Hotel and Casino. Outdoor adventure is just a hop-skip away here and the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area located to the west is a great place to escape the frenzy of The Strip. Nearby, the Shelby American, Inc. Headquarters offer self-guided tours of their manufacturing facilities, a real treat for automobile fans. 

North Las Vegas

The city of North Las Vegas has the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a major tourist attraction in itself, as well as Nellis Air Force Base, one of the strongest military bases in the United States and home to the flying Thunderbirds. As far as accommodations are concerned, there are several popular spots including The Fiesta and Texas Station Hotel and Casino. There is also the Santa Fe in northwest Las Vegas. Much more low-key than its larger-than-life neighbor, Las Vegas still has plenty to offer visitors. Topmost on your list should be a helicopter tour. Operators like 702 Helicopters take visitors on a thrilling ride over major attractions like the Las Vegas Strip, the Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas Valley! If you love an active lifestyle, then the Aliante Nature Discovery Park is a great way to spend a fun day out with the family.

Beyond Las Vegas

For day trips that are well worth your time, check out nearby Boulder City, Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam to the east and southeast. To the west, there is Red Rock Canyon and beyond that is Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.

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