Las Vegas is a mystical and dazzling sea of neon lights that beckons its visitors with luxurious accommodation, unbelievable shows, exquisite restaurants, world-class gambling, and decadence on a grandiose scale – it is ancient Rome, romantic Paris, exotic Egypt, exciting New York City, and the Canals of Venice all together rolled into one fabulous vacation destination. Millions of people fulfill their dream of vising Las Vegas every year, and as to its manifold shape, it is not difficult to see why it has earned the title of the world's Entertainment Capital.
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While most of the shops are open Sun-Thu 10am-11pm, and Fri-Sat 10am-12am, casinos are open 24/7.
City area: 583,000
Urban area: 2,2 Million
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3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas
+1 877 847 4858
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8am-5.30pm
Shortly after gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931, construction of the first hotel/casinos began but who could have known that it was the beginning of the phenomenon known simply as Vegas: a glamorous, fantasy oasis in the middle of the desert.
Although the city's image seems to be dominated by casinos, there is much more to Las Vegas than 'just' gambling, eating, and shopping – it is a vibrant, fast growing city that attracts some of the largest conventions and business meetings in the world. Each year, over 50,000 people relocate permanently to this city, thanks to the abundance of jobs, low taxes, healthy climate and beautiful surroundings, and with 320 days of sunshine annually, Las Vegas can also boast some of the country's best golfing facilities. Las Vegas is a growing city that gets bigger every year, with more spectacular hotels and casinos being designed and built in order to amaze and entertain people from all over the world.
Beyond the famous five-mile Las Vegas Strip, there is also the historically exciting Fremont Street, the home of the original casinos that started this very Vegas craze back in the 1930s. Millions of tourists come to see the Freemont Experience every year, where an incredible and breathtaking light and sound show presented on a domed structure covers several blocks in the downtown area.
It is impossible to see and do everything that Las Vegas has to offer during only one trip, and this is what keeps visitors returning over and over again – the choices can be overwhelming. Good planning is the key to any great vacation but especially for Las Vegas, it is highly recommended to set up a bucket-list.
Grand Canyon National Park
The Mob Museum
Eiffel Tower Experience
Fountains of Bellagio
Death Valley National Park
Fremont Street Experience
Volcano at the Mirage
Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show
Red Rock Canyon State Park
Valley of Fire State Park
Secret Garden of Siegfried and Roy and The Dolphin Habitat
Outside Las Vegas
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
"O" Cirque du Soleil
Next to gambling, the most engaging activity in Las Vegas is dining one's heart out, and nearly every type and style of food known to man can be found: from European over Asian to North and South American flavours, and five-star restaurants to take-outs. As there is definitely no shortage of dining experiences, do prepare to be amazed by tis variety of restaurants in Las Vegas!
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
Carnival World & Seafood Buffet
The Buffet at Treasure Island
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Top of the World Restaurant
Copper Whisk Café
Go Vegan Café, Juice Bar & Market
Nora's Italian Cuisine
Florida Café Cuban Restaurant
KoMex Fusion Express
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
M&M Soul Food Cafe
Mon Ami Gabi
Canyon Ranch Café
Clear your head, and start your day with a cup of coffee or espresso at one of Las Vegas' many cafes: whether you want to be in France, Italy, or just right there in the country of the US and A, you have way too many choices than you will ever need. Many of the cafes are located in casinos, so do also take a a risk with the slot machines before spending your (won) money on your favourite drink (or treat), for having a great Las Vegas time!
Sunrise Coffee Co.
Le Petit Cafe & Bakery
Makers & Finders
The Bagel Cafe
Cafés at Bellagio
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Vegas is literally 'the city that never sleeps', and the Las Vegas Strip is a continuous streak of bars, and it is not unusual to see people carrying an alcoholic beverage. Every hotel and casino offers superb entertainment, floor shows, bars and nightclubs, while live entertainment happens indeed everywhere.
Encore Beach Club
Frankie's Tiki Room
Don't Tell Mama
Crown & Anchor Pub
VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub
Venus European Pool Lounge
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Shopping in Las Vegas is almost as popular as gambling, and this is evidenced by the sheer number of stores that are ready to indulge your every fantasy. All major hotel and casinos have a shopping area in their establishment, but there are also a few that stand out as premier shopping meccas – it is said that if you cannot buy it here, then you cannot buy it anywhere.
The Forum Shops
Everything Coca-Cola Store
Hershey's Chocolate World
Antique Mall of America
Bauman Rare Books
Bonanza Gifts (World's Largest Gift Shop)
Silver Post USA
The Miracle Mile
Grand Canal Shoppes
Las Vegas Premium Outlets (North)
The Shops at Crystals
Town Square Las Vegas
Castle Walk Shops
The Wynn and Encore Esplanades
McCarran International Airport
Over 100,000 people pass through the McCarran International Airport every day. While numerous Airport Shuttles are available 24 hours a day, taxis also provide their services round the clock, and it takes about 15 minutes to get from the airport to any Strip hotel.
Address: 5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard, Las Vegas
Phone: +1 702 261 5211
Passport / Visa
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
Best Time to Visit
Las Vegas is not only known for its casinos and its entertainment but also as to its extremely hot weather. The best time to visit the city is in autumn, from September to November, and in spring, from March to May, when the temperatures are around 20-25 degrees. During the winter time, the amount of tourists is great, especially during the holidays, so do try to plan a mid-week trip, as both the plane tickets and hotel prices are significantly lower in comparison to the weekend.
Taxis are one of the most used means of transportation in Las Vegas, and every hotel and casino has a taxi stand at the front door. Keep in mind that there is a small charge for the amount of time that the taxi has to wait for its passengers.
One of the many taxi companies is Frias Transportation Management, which owns five taxicab companies: ACE, A NLV, UNION, Vegas Western, Virgin Valley besides Las Vegas Limousines and Airline Shuttle.
Address: 5010 South Valley View Boulevard, Las Vegas
Phone: +1 702 888 4888
Sidewalks are always packed, during both day and night but the well-lit streets and elevated crossovers make it safe and easy to traverse the busy Las Vegas Boulevard. The Strip is divided into three sections, and if you want to visit another casino in the same area, walking is certainly the best option. If you wish to navigate from the South Strip to the North Strip, however, you will need to take a taxi, private car or bus.
RTC Buses is run by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). The Bonneville Transit Center is the transfer point for many routes; while most routes cost around $2 or $1, you can also buy a 24-hours pass for $8.
Launched July 2004, the Monorail has stations at Sahara’s, Las Vegas Hilton, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, Bally’s, Paris and the MGM Grand. The first station of the Monorail is the SLS station, where also tickets can be purchased.
There are two full-service post offices on the Strip, one at 3100 Industrial behind Circus-Circus and one at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. The lobby hours are 24/7.
Chain pharmacies – CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Walgreens etc. – as well as smaller neighborhood stores operate in whole Las Vegas, and while working hours may greatly vary, a few are open 24/7. Pharmacy signs are often in red and white, and they are often located inside department stores. Most of the pharmacies sell both prescription as well as over the counter medicine.
Address: 3758 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas
Phone: +1 702 262 9028
Country Code: +1
Area Code: 702
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What to pack
Except for a special evening of dinning and dancing, visitors to Las Vegas dress very casually. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and swimsuits, and also carry proper identification with you, especially when gambling. Ladies, however, should not carry a large purse, as it will only get in the way when being gambling.
Every casino will offer a Player's Card, that can be purchased free of charge after a short application of about 5 minutes, but you will need a drivers’ license or another form of identification.
Every time you play a slot machine, do insert the card into the appropriate slot so that it will track the amount of play: the longer you play, the more credits you will receive. You can also get credit on your card for table games, so do simply hand the card to the dealers, and they will add credits depending on the amount of your play.
The credits accumulate, and they can be used for small gifts, free meals and even free nights at a hotel – even penny slots gather quite a few credits. Some cards cover multiple casinos, and you can use it at any venue listed on the card. Do not worry about loosing your card, as all the information are transferred to computers, and the staff will gladly issue you a new card at no charge.
Buying half-price show tickets
Tix4tonight sells same-day show tickets for half price, and one of its largest establishments is located at the giant Coca Cola Bottle on the Las Vegas Strip, next to MGM Grand. The shops accept both credit cards and cash, and all purchases must be made in person, as phone orders are not accepted. The chances of finding headlining performers, such as Bette Midler or Elton John, are not very good, but there are many terrific shows that may be available, such as Cirque du Soleil and the Blue Man Group.
Address: 3785 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas
Phone: +1 877 849 4868