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Overview to Las Vegas: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

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Las Vegas rises from the desert as a gleaming Babylon of gaudily lit casinos, bars, strip clubs and wedding chapels. And you don’t have to be Hunter S. Thompson to realize that the city neatly represents the extremes of the American Dream.

The city is, effectively, Las Vegas Boulevard. Here, the hotels and casinos of the Strip can be found; vast, surreal pleasure palaces, they're constantly pushing boundaries in the search for ever-newer diversions and attractions for the millions of visitors who descend upon the city each year.

When it comes to a good gamble in luxurious surroundings, the choices are endless. Only in Las Vegas could anyone consider modelling a hotel around the Pyramids of Luxor. The MGM Grand, meanwhile, contains a zoo and Mandalay Bay has a shark tank...

More unbelievable sights line the Strip, including Caesars Palace - the old-school boxing haunt with Roman centurions for waiters and a shopping center modelled in the Colosseum - and the chic Bellagio with its fabulous fountains that sits alongside an exact copy of the Eiffel Tower.

Naturally, there are countless restaurants for the super-rich, but the all-you-can-eat buffets in the casinos have become highly competitive in terms of price and quality, with even Downtown offering some affordable all-American dining experiences.

Bars, too, run the gamut from top-class cocktail joints in the extravagance and pomp of the casinos to sleazy dives and music bars. Regardless, the Las Vegas nightlife crackles with an absurd energy all of its own.

Days in Las Vegas are spent sizzling by the pool. Then, when the sun sets, the lights flicker into life again, and the city gears up for another night of decadence. Ultimately, everyone should go to Las Vegas once - after all, there's nowhere on earth quite like it. Whether or not you go back depends on how you respond to its wild ride.