Las Vegas is like no other city. It is your glorious Technicolor dreams brought to life in vivid detail. Blue-rinse old ladies stoop by slot machines in casinos, Elvis impersonators saunter down the street, and crazy dreamers make a mad dash into a nearby wedding chapel to plight their troth to a showgirl. By day, the strip is quiet, almost seedy looking, but once the sun drops over the horizon and the shimmering light displays come on, the city comes to life.
Gambling in Las Vegas
There are many things to do in Las Vegas, but gambling is surely top of most people’s list. Every year, hundreds of professional poker players flock to Las Vegas to compete at the World Series. During the tournament, which is held annually, you’ll find numerous events taking place over consecutive days, offering you a great chance to see some professional poker players in action. Even outside of the World Series, you’ll find some great events to attend.
Gambling is big business in Las Vegas: the city grew up around gambling and the casinos are still the biggest attraction. You can’t come to Las Vegas without trying your hand on the roulette table or testing your skill at Blackjack. It’s fun, so grab your ‘mad money’ and see where Lady Luck takes you.
Las Vegas has long been linked to organised crime. Many of the older casinos were built using ‘mob money’ and a large number of mobsters sat through federal hearings in the exact location where the Mob Museum currently resides. Its official name is The National Museum of Organised Crime & Law Enforcement. If it sounds a bit dry, don’t worry – the multimedia exhibits are really interesting and there are special exhibits and talks running throughout the year.
Catch a Show
You can’t come to Las Vegas without catching at least one high-profile show. The casinos are home to some amazing cabaret acts and dazzling shows. Big names queue up to perform here and Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Elton John and Maria Carey all appear in sell-out performances on a regular basis. You should also catch a Cirque du Soleil show or buy a ticket to see one of the resident psychics chat to the other side.
Scream on the X-Treme Rides
Thrill seekers come to Las Vegas to lose their lunch on the extreme rides. There are some awesome rides to choose from. Try the X Scream ride from the top of the Stratosphere Tower and drop 27 storeys at 30mph. The Desperado hits speeds of 90 mph and is one of the tallest rollercoasters in the US. If you need even more thrills, try the Big Shot and experience 4G.
Hike in Red Rock Canyon
If you need a break from 24/7 casinos, head out into Red Rock Canyon and take a hike. Unless you know the trails, it is advisable to book a guided tour, as although it looks pretty, this desolate area can be deadly if you get lost. There are several well-known hiking trails in the area, which are suitable for all abilities, so pack some water, wear sun protection, and enjoy the views.
Las Vegas is a once in a lifetime experience – can you handle it?