Las Vegas is widely renowned as a leader in tourism and hospitality. One of the world’s most popular destinations, over 42 million people a year visit Las Vegas to enjoy outstanding conference facilities as well as the diversity of leisure and dining options. Entertainment options range from live performances to various museums and from shopping to active opportunities. Las Vegas is the most populated city in the state of Nevada and anchors the Las Vegas Valley serving as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada. Settled in 1905, population growth has accelerated, and between 1990 and 2000 the population nearly doubled, increasing by 85.2%.
Las Vegas provides ample outdoor sightseeing and recreation opportunities. One of the famous sights is the Hoover Dam. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression. The dam creates the largest reservoir in the United States when full, Lake Mead. The dam's generators provide power for Nevada, Arizona, and California. Other nearby sights are: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, that features a 13 mile scenic drive, hiking and trails, plants and wildlife, geology, camping, cultural resources and more. Other outdoor recreation includes Mt. Charleston is the eight-highest mountain in Nevada. Finally, for the more adventurous, aerial tours are available of the Grand Canyon!
Soaring 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip, the High Roller Ferris Wheel eclipses both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. With sweeping 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip, the wheel takes thirty minutes to complete one revolution and features twenty eight spacious cabins to accommodate guests. Other attractions include Big Shot at Stratosphere Tower, Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, The Big Apple Roller Coaster and Vegas Indoor Skydiving!
For many, the highlight of a trip to Las Vegas is a live performance shows. There are so many shows, there are a wide variety of options for all tastes. The famous Cirque du Soleil offers seven amazing acrobatic shows year round. It has been part of Las Vegas now for more than 20 years. Other live performances include Blue Man Group, a show that combines different categories of music and art to engage the audience; Vegas! The Show, a musical on Las Vegas history told in a splashy old-Broadway style, and music performances such as Elton John and Purple Reign, THE Prince Tribute Show.
The Fountains of Bellagio are on an 8-acre lake between the Bellagio Resort and the Strip. The water feature has a choreographed water feature set to light and music that take place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 8pm until midnight. Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has five seasonal themes that transform a 14,000 square foot floral playground into a showcase of distinctive sights and colors. One of the most unique and beloved attractions in Las Vegas is the Flamingo's Wildlife Habitat nestled on the Flamingo Hotel's 15-acre grounds. It is filled with exotic birds, fish, and turtles. For a less serene experience, visit The Volcano at The Mirage for a faux exploding volcano Sunday through Thursday at 8pm and 9pm and Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm.
Las Vegas does not have a shortage of unique and interesting museums! Visit The Neon Museum that is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs. The Neon Museum includes an outdoor exhibition space known as the neon Boneyard and is available for view with a guided tour 7 days a week. Other Museums include the Pinball Hall of Fame, Carroll Shelby Museum, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Wax Museum, Titanic- The Artifact Exhibition, Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah, The Mob Museum, DISCOVERY Children's Museum, and more!
Romantic gondola rides on one end to a colorful waterfall atrium and garden on the other, the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian offer more than your average mall trip. There are more than 160 signature stores and a dozen world-class restaurants in this 875,000 square foot shopping mall. Other unique shopping opportunities include Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, as seen on the TV show Pawn Stars, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, and Fashion Show Mall.