Viva Las Vegas, it’s a truly magnificent place. A man-made oasis built in the harsh and dry landscape of a Nevada desert. Las Vegas, referred to as Sin City or The Capital of Entertainment is popularly known for many things, namely the all-night parties, high-rolling casinos, and a variety or world-renowned live shows. I mean, where else can you go to get some food, catch a show, try your luck and roll some dice at the tables then follow it up with a shotgun wedding? They say “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” not true… because we’re about to divulge some of our favorite things to do in the City of Lights.
SEE IT ALL AT ONCE
Why not get a bird’s eye view? A really great place to start taking in the glory of Las Vegas is at the STRAT which stretches a whopping 1 149ft over the Strip. Not only is it the tallest freestanding observation tower in the U.S. but it also helps that it’s a premium hotel, casino and skypod that’s home to some of the wildest high-altitude thrill rides. And if you’re an adrenalin junkie looking for the ultimate thrill you could always opt to strap-up and sky-jump. Then again, if you’re looking for a more subtle, underwear-friendly way to take in the panoramic views of the Las Vegas skyline then check out the High Roller Ferris Wheel which is the largest Ferris wheel in the world and they also offer private cabins because like they say, “go big, or go home!”.
A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
When you close your eyes and imagine Las Vegas it’s easy to picture those bright flashing lights that engulf the Strip but wait, there’s actually a lot of history to be found at The Neon Museum. Here, is a place filled with a variety of iconic Vegas neon signs collected over the decades and what’s even cooler is that some of them even light up at night. Talk about nostalgia. Speaking of familiar signs, you could consider taking a selfie with the 1959 original and world-recognized “Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas.” That’s definitely a fridge picture.
REMEMBER THE CENTRE
Before the Strip, there was Fremont Street, in Downtown Las Vegas. Ever heard about it, yup, nah, maybe, who’s Fremont? Well interestingly enough Fremont Street was the original center of the city and it is home to some of the first casinos and hotels. What’s really eye-catching on the Fremont stretch is the enormous overhead LCD screen that features spectacular light shows, just remember to watch where you’re going. Plus, if you’re man enough, you can visit SlotZila and do a Superman fly on their zip line over Fremont Street.
The nightlife scene in Las Vegas is legendary for sure but it isn’t all the state of Nevada has to offer. You can experience the outdoors by visiting Red Rock Canyon in the Mojave Desert. Here you can hike, hit a bike trail or do some rock-climbing while enjoying the majestic views. Feeling thirsty? You’re in the desert after all, so how about a tall glass of water? There’s plenty of that if you decide to check out Hoover Dam which rests at the border of Arizona and Nevada. It’s more man-made than naturally occurring but that doesn’t make it any less magnificent and it’s a definite switch-up from the usual Las Vegas fast-cash quick-thrills experience.
RIP THE STRIP
The Strip is the center, if not the heart of Las Vegas. The entire length of the 4.2-mile Strip is garnished with themed, as well as concept stores, malls with restaurants and designer shops, first-class hotels and casinos and tourists from all over the country and world eager to visit world-famous attractions like New York-New York, the Bellagio, the in indoor canals of the Venetian hotel, the Paris Las Vegas hotel and of course Caesar’s Palace. The Strip might seem like the obvious pick, but why fix it, if it’s not broken right? No matter how well-known the Strip is, if you’re ever in Las Vegas, then you’ve just GOT to explore it, from top to bottom… and remember to find some Vegas-inspired souvenirs to take back home.
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- The chance you’ll strike it lucky and win a huge jackpot is slim enough but what are the odds you’ll actually win twice? Surely, they must be astronomical right? Well, believe it or not, there is someone who actually has hit the jackpot twice. Elmer Sherwin, a war vet first won $4.6 million at age 76, only to win another $21 million 16 years later. He donated a lot of his money to charity after the second win, talk about making your countrymen proud, now that deserves a salute.
- Ever heard the saying, “keep trying!” Well, that’s what 71-year-old Amy Nishimura from Hawaii did. Every time she visited Las Vegas she played the same machine, without fail, until one day her persistence was well rewarded. She won an amazing 8.9 million dollars… sweet.
- An unnamed 25-year-old software engineer from L.A struck it big when he played $100 dollars which suddenly ballooned to nearly $40 million. It’s actually one of the biggest recorded pay-outs in Vegas history, too bad we’ll never know his name.