Las Vegas, the main city of Nevada, is also the gambling capital of the United States. It is a city born out of nothing, in the middle of the desert, at the end of the 19th century. Its foundation was possible thanks to the presence of some artesian wells.
The city developed from the second half of the 20th century thanks to gambling laws and divorce laws. The city is located at the southern end of Nevada, near the borders of Arizona, Utah and California. Las Vegas is famous for its casinos, for luxury hotels, for conferences, and for the moderate prices of restaurants and hotels, this is thanks to the proceeds of casinos.
WHAT TO SEE: THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas is primarily the United States’ gambling center, and one of the most dynamic cities in the world. The city is located in an arid basin surrounded by mountains, the landscape around Las Vegas is desert and rocky. The metropolitan area is home to over 1,600,000 residents.
Las Vegas continues to capture the imagination of the world as a destination where everything is possible. The city has over 133,000 rooms, exhibition and conference spaces, restaurants, luxurious spas, shops, golf courses. The city remains one of the most exciting destinations in the United States.
CASINO AND GAMBLING
The main attractions of Las Vegas are the casinos. The most popular area of the city is Las Vegas Boulevard South, also known as the Strip, a 6.7 km long road, where most of the largest hotels, casinos and resorts are located. The most famous are above all Treasure Island (TI), The Venetian, The Mirage, Imperial Palace, Flamingo, Caesars Palace, and Luxor.
Some of the most famous casinos located in the city center are in the so-called Fremont Street Experience and include: the Golden Nugget, the Four Queens, the Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel, the Fremont Casino, the Plaza Hotel & Casino, and the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino.
Among the museums to visit are the Natural History Museum, which presents the wildlife of Nevada, as well as a gallery dedicated to prehistoric animals including dinosaurs. There is also a section dedicated to Africa’s marine life and animals, not to mention a section dedicated to Tutankhamun’s tomb. For those traveling with children, to see the Zoo (Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park). Which contains the flora and fauna of Nevada and other parts of the world, including all the species of poisonous rattlesnakes found in Nevada.
Las Vegas is served by McCarran International Airport (LAS), which is located 5 miles (8 km) south of the city. The airport has flights to most of the United States, as well as to Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Hawaii. McCarran International Airport is the 30th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic (50 million passengers in 2018).
The airport has two terminals, and more than 1,300 slot machines within its terminals. If from your country there are no direct flights, it is very easy to reach the city by changing planes in Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York.