Best of Las Vegas

     “Sin City” is a place that everyone should visit, at least once. Even non-gamblers can find many things to do. The city is the height of glitz and sheer over-the-top outrageousness. The hotels are some of the most elaborate in the world. The casinos truly “never sleep.” Also, because of the famous expression, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” visitors tend to be extremely uninhibited, engaging in activities that would never accede to elsewhere.

     Let’s begin with the hotels on The Strip, the area most visited by tourists to the city. We stayed at the Paris Hotel, with its large collection of replicas of the “City of Light.”

Paris Hotel, Las Vegas

  Inside, the hotel ground floor also reminds one of France’s most romantic city, but the outside is particularly striking.

Paris, Las Vegas

 Other hotels on The Strip include New York, New York, with its replica of New York’s skyline and its rollercoaster

New York, New York

and Luxor, built to resemble an Egyptian pyramid.

Luxor Hotel

The Bellagio is noted for the wonderful water ballet which takes place on an expanse of water in front of the hotel.

Bellagio's Water Ballet

Downtown, the old part of Las Vegas, has the Freemont Street Experience, a multi-media presentation above the pedestrian-only street.

Freemont Street Experience

  In the immediate vicinity are several excursions from the city worth mentioning. The most popular side trip is Hoover Dam, only about thirty (30) miles south of the city.

Hoover Dam

The Hard Hat Tour is worth the extra money.

  Only a few miles outside the city is Red Rock Canyon, a popular place for both locals and tourists.

Red Rock Canyon

  A bit further afield is Valley of Fire State Park, a wonderland of red sandstone formations.

Valley of Fire State Park


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