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Las Vegas holidays
Las Vegas is glitz, glamour and show-stopping hotels, and must be seen to be believed
Viva Las Vegas – one of America's most popular destinations, an exciting year-round playground and neon wonderland in the otherwise empty Nevada desert. Las Vegas is glitz, glamour and must be seen to be believed. Here you can travel the globe, experience some of the best shopping in the country, and lose a few hours, and possibly dollars, or more at one the famous casinos without having to leave a seven block stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, otherwise known as the Strip.
- There are so many shows on offer here ranging from the gravity defying Cirque du Soleil performances to a-list entertainers in residence
- No matter your tastes there will be plenty of restaurants that will suite you, alongside numerous bars and nightclubs
- If you seek a break from the city then a trip to the Grand Canyon by helicopter or coach is a must – why not hire a car and spend a night or two on the South Rim?
- It’s not all about the strip – Downtown Las Vegas is where it all began. It’s a little less polished than the famed Strip yet is going through something of a renaissance
- Las Vegas is most likely the only place in the world that you can be walked down the aisle – and serenaded – by an Elvis impersonator, or head out to the Grand or Red Rock canyons for your special day
Be sure to stay on the famous Strip, a four-mile long stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard where the majority of hotels, casinos and other entertainment venues are located. As the exciting hub of the city, it is busy and buzzing with a never ending stream of tourists filling the streets. At night the entire strip lights up, bathing those below in a neon glow – a perfect opportunity for some spectacular photos. The Downtown area is not as frequented as the main Strip but is nonetheless still filled with a throng of tourists and locals alike.
A veritable playground for adults with hotels offering boutiques, restaurants and entertainment. Gambling can be found all along the Strip and some of the best casinos are found at Caesars Palace, and MGM Grand. The main shopping malls are the Las Vegas Outlet Centre, Miracle Mile and the City Centre Complex. The Bellagio is an icon of the Strip and you can enjoy a Venetian gondola ride through The Venetian hotel. The four rides atop the Stratosphere – Insanity, X-Scream, Big Shot and Sky Jump – are the most adrenalin pumping in the city.
When staying on the Strip it is worthwhile spending some of your time walking between the attractions as it is an experience in itself! However, there are also taxis outside each hotel and regular bus services to get you around quicker and to the Downtown area. A monorail service runs between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo and the Excalibur to Mandalay Bay. To reach your hotel from the airport take a regular shuttle service – which stops at multiple city hotels – or, for those who are short on time, enjoy a private transfer.
With many of the big hotels along the Strip offering a plethora of dining experiences, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to where to go. Whether you fancy Italian, Japanese, Indian or Mexican, you’ll find it on the streets and in the hotels of Sin City. Designer restaurants with world renowned chefs at the helm offer delectable cuisine at a cost, but there are plenty of cheaper and highly entertaining offerings to be found throughout the city.
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If you’re planning on seeing a show make sure to check out the stands dotted around the Strip, either inside the hotels or on the main walkways, which offer discounted seats and dinner offers.
Most of the hotels offer some kind of free entertainment to draw people in, the best ones are the Bellagio fountains which you can’t miss as they perform so regularly but other shows such as the Sirens at Treasure Island, the volcano at The Mirage or the Gods at Caesars all happen at specific times of the day so make sure you plan those into your schedule.