Las Vegas is known for...
Nevada legalized gambling in 1931, and Las Vegas went on to make a name for itself as one of the most thrilling places in the world to place a bet. Gambling isn't restricted to casinos - you'll find slot machines and poker machines in convenience stores and at the airport. The casinos along the Strip (the city’s iconic thoroughfare) offer every type of gaming: table games, sports books, machines. Some of the best odds in the casino are blackjack and craps. The worst? Roulette and Keno. If you don't know how to gamble, don't worry. Most of the machines are easy to learn if you've ever played a video game or used a computer. Many of the hotels offer tutorials in their rooms. Just remember that the smartest gamblers know when to walk away and that they should limit their drinking, even though you can get free drinks while you're playing.
Las Vegas is in the Mojave Desert, which means temperatures during the summer are routinely in the triple digits. One of the oldest jokes about Las Vegas is that while it's hot, "It's a dry heat," which is supposedly easier to bear than humidity. Temps can still reach 110, though. Las Vegas buildings are universally air conditioned, and most visitors will either spend their time in the casino or at the pool. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids—all that dry heat can dehydrate you—and if you're here in summer, limit your outside activities to early morning and after sunset. In winter, however, while the rest of the country is shoveling snow, Las Vegas is a perfect temperature for almost any outdoor activity.
Gracefully walking a stage with a gigantic feathered head dress, wearing high heels and a sequined bikini, the Las Vegas show girl is emblematic of the city. Made famous in classic productions like the Lido de Paris and the Follies Bergere - both shows that have closed - showgirls can still be found in abundance on the stage of the Strip's grandest production show still going, Jubiliee!
4. The Strip:
Officially known as Las Vegas Boulevard, this five-mile stretch of road is home to some of the world's largest hotels. Back in 1946 when the famous mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel Casino, most of the hotels in Las Vegas were downtown. Over the years, the hotel casinos sprang up like wildfire along the Strip, creating a concentrated area dedicated to tourism—and most visitors never leave the Strip. Only a few of the original hotel casinos remain, but the Strip continues to add all kinds of attractions: luxury shopping malls, upscale restaurants, and curb-side entertainment.
They come to town for all kinds of events, host parties at nightclubs, and grace the stages of fantastic hotels. Celebrities, from the A-list to the reality show stars, love to come to Vegas to hit the tables and strike a pose for the paparazzi. Visitors flocking to local hot spots in hopes of catching a glimpse of the famous are often rewarded.