Sparkling with lights of neon signs, Las Vegas has long gained fame as the largest tourist center in the United States. Excitement and luxury reign supreme here, casinos are open 24 hours a day, and an endless stream of shows and entertainment captures the tourist with his head. It is not for nothing that in Las Vegas people forget about reality and everyday affairs and are completely attached to unbridled fun.
The alluring brilliance of the giant casino hotels Luxor Las Vegas, Bellagio and Caesars Palace attracts tourists from all over the world like a magnet. Unusual collections of local museums make even die-hard lovers of the classics reconsider their attitude to art, and you don’t want to leave amusement parks at all. Las Vegas is an incredible city, a phantom in the middle of the desert and an alluring oasis, giving the traveler the illusion of the infinite lightness of being.
What to see and where to go in Las Vegas?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
"Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" Sign
The first thing that a tourist sees when entering the city through the Las Vegas Strip is the famous welcome sign, which sparkles with bright lights and promises visitors an unforgettable experience and fun adventures. The sign was installed in 1959. Its design in the googie style popular in the middle of the 20th century was developed by B. Willis. The sign has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2009.
Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip is the central alley and the heart of the city, where famous casinos (including the legendary Caesar's Palace) and luxury hotels are located. Each building on this street can be seen as a wild splash of architectural imagination of the creators: there is a copy of the Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge, the Egyptian Pyramid and the figure of the Sphinx, a medieval castle and other grandiose buildings.
Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience is a huge video screen in the form of an arched dome, which was erected on the street of the same name in 1995 to increase the attractiveness of this place for tourists. The height of this grand structure reaches 30 meters, and the length is comparable to the length of 4 blocks. The screen was developed by LG, which also became its general sponsor.
Hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip, which was built in 1998. "Bellagio" is designed for almost 4 thousand rooms, it takes 11th place in the world ranking of hotels in this indicator. One of its main attractions is the musical fountain, which releases more than 1000 powerful jets and is equipped with 4.5 thousand light sources. Every day there is a light and music show, which usually lasts from lunch until midnight.
"Luxor Las Vegas"
Entertainment complex, which includes a hotel with 4.5 thousand rooms and a casino. It was built in the form of a black 30-story pyramid over 100 meters high. In the evenings, a powerful beam of light escapes from the summit, which is visible even from the Earth's orbit. In front of the building is a huge figure of a sphinx. The gaming zone "Luxor Las Vegas" has an area of more than 11 thousand m² and consists of 87 tables and more than 1.5 thousand slot machines.
"Paris Las Vegas"
Another grand casino hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. From an architectural point of view, it is a copy of the French Hotel De Ville. The peculiarity of the complex is that it is surrounded by replicas of French sights: there is the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Paris Opera. The interior of the hotel is decorated in European style, which allows guests to forget that they are in the US and not somewhere in the Old World.
"Venetian Las Vegas"
As the name suggests, this casino hotel is decorated in the style of a Venetian palazzo. On its territory there are 18 restaurants, 6 swimming pools, a fitness club, a spa and shops. The hotel lobby is painted with copies of Italian paintings, decorated with marble columns and arches. All frescoes, statues and other elements of the interior look like they are already several hundred years old - they are almost indistinguishable from the originals.
Wynn Casino Hotel
"Wynn" was named after billionaire Steve Wynn, who made his fortune through the gambling industry. The complex consists of 60 floors, making it one of the tallest in Las Vegas. In addition to the hotel and gambling zone, there is a dealership for Maserati, Ferrari, Aston Martin and other luxury brands. The interior of the complex is decorated with works of art from S. Wynn's personal collection.
An entertainment complex designed in the style of Ancient Rome. It has been in existence since 1966. Caesars Palace became famous for its entertainment shows and performances by pop stars (Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Celine Dion sang here). In 2003, the Colosseum was built for concerts with 4,300 seats. The hotel of the complex consists of six towers, in which there are about 4 thousand rooms.
Stratosphere Las Vegas
The hotel-casino, built in the form of a tower, which reaches a height of 350 meters. The observation deck of the "Stratosphere" is the highest in the United States. The complex was built in 1996. At first, it was not very popular with visitors due to its location away from the popular places of Las Vegas, but thanks to favorable prices and competent marketing, the hotel eventually became a success.
Rancho "Casa de Shenandoah"
The house-museum of Wayne Newton, an American pop singer who performed in the city's casinos for many years, for which he was nicknamed Mr. Las Vegas. In the 1980s, he was the highest paid artist in the world. The villa has a collection of rare cars, an exhibition of exotic animals, as well as a private jet, Arabian horses and other attributes of a luxurious life.
Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Bellagio
The botanical garden and the conservatory are part of the Bellagio hotel-casino complex. More than 10 thousand plants of the garden are located on a vast territory, various animal figures are made of flowers, which gives the place a fabulous look. To maintain such an impressive area, there is a staff of 100 gardeners who daily water, cut and create new flower arrangements for the delight of visitors.
Chapel of Flowers
An iconic wedding chapel where couples from all over the world come to marry. The building itself looks modest and concise, especially against the background of the grandiose sights of Las Vegas. But, at the same time, the chapel is one of the most technologically advanced. It was here that they began to conduct the first ceremonies on the Internet and via Skype. Several wedding packages are available for newlyweds.
The collection is completely devoted to one of the main attributes of Las Vegas, without which this city is almost impossible to imagine - neon signs of all stripes and shapes. Most of the exhibits are located outdoors. In total, the museum exhibits about 150 signs. Many of them have not been updated or restored, therefore they are of a certain artistic interest.
The exposition is located in the building of the former post office. It is dedicated to the rule of law and the fight against organized crime. A variety of entertainments are provided for visitors here: from shooting from a machine gun to studying illegal business schemes. The museum opened in 2012 at the initiative of Mayor O. Goodman, who allocated $76 million from the city budget for its organization.
Madame Tussauds museum
The main difference between Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas is the presence of a large section dedicated to local stars, among which there is the figure of Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner. The rest of the exhibition consists of famous actors, athletes, singers and other public figures. For example, the museum has wax copies of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lopez. The figures are executed so well that they seem alive.
National Museum of Atomic Testing
The museum is located in the suburbs of Las Vegas. It was created in 2005 as an exhibition pavilion for the Smithsonian Institution. The exposition is dedicated to the Nevada Test Site, where nuclear tests have been conducted since the 1950s. The collection includes deadly weapons from the Cold War, the interior of bunkers, various measuring equipment. A nuclear explosion is demonstrated on special screens.
"Titanic Artifact Exhibition"
The exposition is located on the territory of the hotel-casino "Luxor Las Vegas". It is quite popular with tourists, as it is dedicated to one of the main disasters of the 20th century - the wreck of the Titanic liner. In total, the museum has collected about 300 exhibits raised from the seabed: ship plating details, interior items, jewelry, personal belongings of passengers, and even a preserved bottle of 1900 champagne.
Shelby American Museum
A small collection of Mustangs from Shelby American, Inc. Visitors will be able not only to view the exhibition, which consists of retro models and new designs, but also to hear the history of the brand from the guide and learn about the features of the production of these devices by visiting the assembly shop. Tours of the museum are carried out 1 or 2 times a day for free. The exposition will interest, first of all, passionate fans of cars.
Ferris wheel "High Roller"
The Las Vegas Ferris Wheel is considered one of the largest in the world. Its height is about 170 meters. The grand attraction consists of 28 spacious booths, each of which can accommodate a record number of visitors (several dozen people). The wheel makes a complete revolution in 30 minutes. During this time, everyone has time to fully enjoy the bewitching view of the city from a bird's eye view.
An amusement park for the whole family on the Las Vegas Strip, covering an area of more than 20,000 m². There are 25 rides here (including a steep roller coaster with a double dead loop), a golf course, a shooting range and a climbing wall. There is also a fun clown show for visitors. The park is located under a roof on the territory of the Circus Circus hotel, but not only guests can visit it.
Amusement park "Dig This"
An unusual amusement park for adults, where you can try yourself as an operator of an excavator, bulldozer and other heavy equipment. Only persons over the age of 18 are freely allowed here (children from 14 to 18 must obtain parental consent). Safety precautions are strictly observed throughout the territory: visitors are given helmets and vests, as well as detailed instructions.
The dam is located on the border of the states of Arizona and Nevada in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. It is not only the largest power plant in the region, but also protects the southwestern United States from flooding. The dam is named after Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, who allocated money for its construction. The construction was built in 1935, since 1937 it has already become a popular tourist attraction.
The peak is located in southern Nevada, it is the highest point of the Spring Mountain Range. From the Las Vegas Strip, the mountain can be reached in many ways: on foot, by bike, or even on horseback (sledges and skis are popular in winter). Charleston is located within the Mount Charleston Wilderness Area National Park. There are many places for picnic and camping in the summit area.
Red Rock Canyon
The Nevada National Wildlife Refuge, which is visited by over a million people every year. The natural area is located on the border of the states of Arizona, Nevada, Utah and California. The total length of hiking trails in Red Rock Canyon is over 30 km. People come here from bustling Las Vegas to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of nature, as well as to see the unique landscapes of the Mojave Desert.