Welcome to Las Vegas, the city that "Over authenticates the authentic". Not necessarily a bad thing. Las Vegas takes Venice, Rome, Paris and New York, among other cities, and makes them her own. One of the most visible aspects of Las Vegas' cityscape is its use of dramatic architecture. The modernization of hotels, casinos and restaurants on the Strip has established the city as a popular destination. Gambling is still a mainstay, keeping it in the top two gambling mecca's of the world.
Some of the largest hotel, casino and resort properties in the world are located on the Las Vegas Strip. If you didn't think exercise was going to be a part of the Vegas experience you might be surprised. You will be hiking just to get from your room to the street. You can't make it from one end of the strip (it is approx. 5 miles) to the other in a day. If your plans are to remain mostly on and around the Strip, renting a car isn't necessary. I found the Las Vegas Monorail system to suit my needs just fine. Consider thisâ€¦ it's a quick and easy way to avoid traffic congestion and one end to the other is only about 15-20 minutes. It's cost effective and pretty much hassle free. It's eco friendly, climate controlled winter and summer. It runs 24/7 and is reliable and safe. You can buy tickets on line at www.lvmonorail.com
Long before the Strip became the happening place in Las Vegas, Fremont Street was the wild and wooly heart of the gambling Mecca. After years of decline it's back with a $70 million light canopy and 555,000-watt sound system. The goal was to put the "Glitter" back in old the main drag and they did it. "The Fremont Experience" includes a covered street area with overhead shows. Shows run under 10 minutes each and range from the nostalgic to high energy. The glory days of Las Vegas are still around. You can see The Golden Gate Hotel, The Plaza, The Golden Nugget and experience what is was like in old downtown Vegas brought up to date.
Finding yourself on sensory overload? The City is more than neon lights and slots. Back on The Strip, stop off at M&M World, take the kids or be a kid again and enjoy the array of sweets.
M&M World 3785 S. Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-736-7611.
If that hasn't filled your sugar requirement, visit The Ethel M Chocolate Factory. Along with chocolate delights, it also includes a beautiful cactus garden. During Christmas the plants are decorated in the lights of the season.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory 2 Cactus Garden Drive Henderson Las Vegas, NV 89014 (702) 435-2655.
If sugar is not your cup of tea then maybe you will find the right cup of tea or coffee of your choice at the Coffee Roasters. You can take a tour or a class there. Fresh ground coffee on site and available!
Other Vegas side trips to consider, are visits to Blue Diamond (an old west village), Red Rock Canyon (for the outdoorsy types), and The Hoover Dam. These are all day trips and worth the time if you're staying more than a day or two in Las Vegas. Children, in particular, will enjoy the Blue Diamond where they can be deputized and help the sheriff capture the bad guys.
Las Vegas is a city that has a little something for just about everyone. It's a lot to take in so, enjoy!
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