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Las Vegas is glitz, glamour and show-stopping hotels, and must be seen to be believed
Viva Las Vegas - one of America's most visited destinations and an exciting year-round playground in the Nevada desert. Take in exceptional shows, gasp as you fly through the air on one of the many thrill rides, be swept along the bustling streets beneath glowing neon signs, hear the rattle of credits in the slot machines and dine in some of the most exemplary restaurants in the world – only in Vegas
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.