In the middle of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is a city known for its casinos, wedding chapels and nightlife. Famous for the four miles of Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Strip, the city went from quiet frontier town to entertainment Mecca after the legalization of gambling in 1931. Famous for its casinos, Las Vegas has grown to a destination with much more to offer than gambling.

What to Do

While gambling is one of the main lures of Sin City, Las Vegas has plenty of other options for your itinerary. Check out old Las Vegas with a visit to Fremont Street, located in the heart of downtown. Don’t forget to look up at the Fremont Street Experience, an LED display canopy screen that hosts sound and light shows. Children will love the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum and the Adventuredome at Circus Circus, as well as the roller coaster at New York New York. Other family-friendly options are the Grand Lion Habitat at the MGM and a trip up the Stratosphere Tower, where 360-degree views of the city await. For high-end shopping, The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo are the best bets. These shops are worth a visit even if you don’t hit it big at the casinos as the architecture itself is breathtaking. Plenty of shows are held at various venues on the Strip, including Vegas staples such as the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil and Penn & Teller. If your budget is tight, check out free performances like the fountain shows at The Bellagio, the volcano at The Mirage and the Sirens of TI and Treasure Island.

Where to Stay

The Las Vegas Strip and surrounding area is home to 20 of the world’s largest hotels, though these locations tend to be a bit more expensive. There are plenty of budget-friendly options off the Strip and several hostels available, as well.

Getting There

Las Vegas is serviced by McCarran International Airport and shuttles to downtown are available. Las Vegas is also accessible by Interstate 15.