Las Vegas Area, United States
Las Vegas Nevada: Vacations and travel info
"Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire Got a whole lot of money that's ready to burn, so get those stakes up higher"
Las Vegas is definitely one the most famous destinations for gambling, entertainment, fine dining, and shopping on the planet. That's why it was nicknamed "The Entertainment Capital of the World" and the "Capital of Second Chances". From space it's the most illuminated city on earth, leading to it also being known as "The City of Lights".
From the time when Las Vegas became a city, in 1911, it has captured the attention of people from around the world who enjoy the high life. It has been the setting for a whole host of popular films, such as Ocean's Eleven (1960), Rain Man (1988), Indecent Proposal (1993), and many, many more. Probably the most representative of the city, however, is the movie Viva Las Vegas (1964) with Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret.
The visit of Rafael Rivera and Antonio Armijo, in 1829, is the first reported European exploration of the valley, although there were Native Americans living in the area way before the 19th century. The Spaniards named the valley Las Vegas (The Meadows) since there were a few artesian wells which kept the land fertile. In 1844, while the territory was still part of Mexico, John C. Fremont traveled to the Las Vegas valley along with a team of scouts, observers from the American army and scientists. After the annexation of Las Vegas by the US, in 1855, 30 Mormon missionaries established a fort, only to abandon it two years later. The fort was then turned into a ranch in 1865.
Las Vegas was established as a railroad town in 1905, and finally became a city in 1911. Things would dramatically change for this little town on March 19, 1931, when gambling was declared legal in Las Vegas. Benjamin "Bugsy'' Siegel, a notorious American gangster, would open his Flamingo Hotel in 1946, playing an important role in the urban development of the city. An era of mega resorts with their own casinos would start a few decades later with the opening of The Mirage, in 1989.
Casinos in Las Vegas are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Enjoy the thrill of playing on a slot machine, a craps table, a roulette wheel or on a blackjack table. You can also bet on your favorite football, soccer or hockey teams (or against them) while you comfortably watch the games live on large high definition screens.
Las Vegas Boulevard - The Strip
The main attractions in Las Vegas are all the casinos on The Strip, but there are many more things to do besides gambling and that's what makes Las Vegas the "Entertainment Capital of the World". Just simply watching the Las Vegas Boulevard at night is worth the visit to this incredible city that from space is the brightest place on Earth. Music on the street livens up the experience even more, while thousands of amazed tourists behold the never ending show of erupting artificial volcanoes, immense buildings glowing in every color imaginable, a pirate assault on a ship, and breathtaking fountains dancing to the rhythm of enchanting music.
Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas
You just have to experience all that Fremont Street has to offer. An unbelievable show of light and sound happens right above your head, on a futuristic canopy that features more than 12 million LED lamps and 200 powerful speakers. This canopy covers 5 blocks of downtown Las Vegas, where the first hotels and casinos in the city were originally opened.
Typical Las Vegas Weddings
Las Vegas has been one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world for over 5 decades, probably because of all the different kinds of ceremonies offered here. From drive-thru chapels to theme weddings and from a medieval celebration to a luxurious wedding in a replica of Venice, it's all available here in Vegas. Probably the best part comes after the wedding, when the two of you have all Las Vegas to enjoy, the most fantastic place on earth for a honeymoon!
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