A visit to Hoover Dam, located about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, is a must. An engineering wonder, the dam was built in the 1930’s to stop the flow of the Colorado River, which was wreaking havoc. The water was diverted to Lake Mead – now the largest man-made reservoir in the United States. Seventeen generators keep the dam going and you can choose from a couple of different guided tours to learn about the inner workings of the dam.
No longer reserved for gamblers and wild bachelor parties, Las Vegas now has everything the female heart desires. Once considered a playground for groups of men, Las Vegas also offers a blissful escape from the daily grind for groups of women. According to statistics at insiderlv.com, 50% of visitors to Vegas are women and 79% of Vegas visitors are married. That means more and more women are visiting Sin City for the ultimate girlfriend getaway.
Showgirls are one of the first things that come to mind when I think of Las Vegas. So, on a recent visit I thought it would be best to immerse myself in the true culture of Sin City: adult entertainment. Since the talented Jubilee! dancers have been high-kicking for almost 30 years, it seemed like the perfect choice.
The first topless show to hit Vegas was Minsky’s Follies in 1957. Since then, many adult shows have opened in Sin City, such as Folies Bergere at the Tropicana and Fantasy at the Luxor.
Once a Mecca for devotees of the game known as Blackjack over the last several years Las Vegas has become far less inviting for players. New rules imposed by the suits running the casinos have increased the house edge and made winning a few bucks even more difficult.
That said, low-level blackjack aficionados will tell you that while the game is fun in your local casino, it can be even better played at off-the-beaten-path Las Vegas casinos with better odds at winning and a fun environment.
Kid-friendly is a term that can describe any number of theme parks and tourist attractions throughout the United States. Las Vegas is a different story. The 24/7 casino culture in Nevada’s neon jungle is mostly thought of for the over 21 crowd. Minors are not allowed in casinos as their parents try their luck at roulette, blackjack and craps.
Las Vegas is a sprawling desert paradise for the super rich. Some celebrities travel to the sparkling city to be seen. Others prefer privacy – perhaps taking up a game of poker in a more secluded section of a hotel casino. The rich and famous can dine at pricey celebrity-chef restaurants and shop at luxury destinations such as Gucci or Louis Vuitton.