Las Vegas is the most populous and fastest growing city in Nevada, United States. The city was founded in the first decade of the 20th century, and is a major vacation, shopping, and gambling destination.
Population: 478,434 (2000 census).
The center of gambling in the US, Las Vegas is sometimes called Sin City due to the popularity of legalized gambling, availability of alcoholic beverages any time (like all of Nevada), various forms and degrees of adult entertainment, and legalized prostitution in nearby counties (it is illegal, though, in Las Vegas and Clark County; Nevada law prohibits prostitution in counties which have populations greater than 400,000). The nickname favored by local government and promoters of tourism is The Entertainment Capital of the World. The city's glamorous image has made it a popular setting for films and television programs.
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Las Vegas was given its name by Spaniards in the Antonio Armijo party, who used the water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800s, areas of the Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or Meadows (Vega in Spanish), hence the name Las Vegas.
A major part of the city economy is based on tourism, including gambling.The primary drivers of the Las Vegas economy have been the confluence of tourism, gaming, and conventions which in turn feed the retail and dining industries. Several companies involved in the manufacture of electronic gaming machines, such as slot machines, are located in the Las Vegas area. In the 2000s retail and dining have become attractions of their own.
Building of the Hoover Dam injected new blood into Las Vegas. Federal dollars from Hoover Dam soon converted to tourist dollars after the dam was built.
The constant stream of tourist dollars from the hotels and casinos was augmented by a new source of federal money. This money came from the establishment of what is now Nellis Air Force Base. The influx of military personnel and casino job-hunters helped start a land building boom.
The city is located in an arid basin surrounded by mountains varying in color from pink to rust to gray.Most of the las vegas landscape is rocky and dusty. Within the city, however, there are a great deal of lawns, trees, and other greenery. Due to water resource issues, there is now a movement to encourage xeriscaping instead of lawns.
Las Vegas' climate is typical of the Mojave Desert marked with hot summers, mild winters, abundant sunshine year-round, and very little rainfall.
Highs in the 90's are common in the months of May, June, and September and temperatures normally exceed 100 °F for several days in the months of July and August, but there is very low humidity.
Winters are cool and windy, with the majority of Las Vegas' annual 4.2 in (102 mm) of rainfall coming from January to March. Winter daytime highs are normally around 60 °F and winter nighttime lows are usually around 40 °F.Although winter snow is usually visible from December to May on the mountains surrounding Las Vegas, it rarely snows in the city itself.
Tourist Attraction (Sightseeing)
Caesar’s Palace (Gambling)
Caesar’s Palace, home of the smoothies, stamping ground of the big time rollers, and ultimate gambling Mecca. With an annual net revenue of $4.5 billion, there must be something they are doing right, and it is your choice to spend your entire break playing at the different tables, or check out some of the other attractions of Las Vegas and its environs.
Red Rock Canyon
If you have spent enough time at the blackjack tables, and feel the need for a few lungful’s of fresh air, drive out to Red Rock Canyon, less than an hour from Las Vegas. The dramatic geological features of this area reveal the effects of a two of the earth’s crustal plates colliding with unimaginable force about 65 million years ago. Red Rock Canyon is a good place for climbing or hiking, and has picnic sites, where you can enjoy a break while gazing over views of wooded canyons and great stretches of the desert.
Bonnie Springs Ranch
Half and hour drive from glittering Las Vegas, Old Nevada still lives. With tumbleweeds, stagecoaches, and saloons, Bonnie Springs Old Nevada is the epitome of John Wayne country. There are great attractions here for children as well, with a petting zoo, miniature train, and cowboys and cowgirls galore. For a look at all it offers take a trip to 1 Gunfighter Lane, Blue Diamond, Nevada 89004, by following Charleston Blvd West for 25 miles, 6 miles past the Red Rock
Located in the Community College of Southern Nevada, 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas, NV 89030-4296, the live feature “Sky Watch” shows celestial happenings in the night sky.
Cirque Du Soleil
The brilliant colours and dreamlike quality of Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Mystere’ is presented at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.It features an international cast of acrobats, dancers, musicians and singers, and of course, that clown, the production has been awarded the "Las Vegas' Best Production Show" eight times.
Mirage Hotel Las Vegas Dolphin Habitat
Located at the Mirage Hotel, 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, the Dolphin Habitat is where a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins live in a 2.5-million-gallon replication of their natural environment, and exhibit their natural behaviour. The habitat is also a site for scientific research and offer educational programs for students.
Located at 31900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Primm, NV 89019-9119, and currently the highest roller coaster in North America, with a stomach-churning 225-foot drop, the Desperado is a thrill-packed ride that takes you to the edge of sanity as it barrels along its twisting, climbing, diving, 6,000 feet of track at speeds of about 80 mph.
Dancing Fountain at the Bellagio
Located at Bellagio Hotel, 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, these world famous fountains dance to music that is as magical as is their display. The breathtaking spectacle of water, music and light can be seen here.
Las Vegas Festivals
Professional Bull Riders World Finals
Every year cowboys convene in Las Vegas in October to decide just who is the champion of champions at riding bulls. The two weeks of the championships also include golf tournaments, a fashion show, live entertainment.
Museums in Las Vegas
Located at 1775 East Tropicana Avenue (at Spencer), Las Vegas, Nevada 89119-6529. The absolute extravagance and lavish overindulgence of this brilliant entertainer glitters and shines in a dazzling display of cars, costumes, and piano’s that Liberace used in his shows.
The CAT Bus is a popular means of public transportation among locals and tourists with various bus routes covering a large portion of the valley. The CAT system carries approximately 175,000 people per weekday, or about 10% of the Valley's population. Ridership on the system has been increasing rapidly since the summer of 2005, when a combination of high gas prices and service improvements began attracting more riders.
The Las Vegas Monorail runs from the MGM Grand Hotel at the south end of the Strip to the Sahara Hotel at the north end of the Strip.