Las Vegas blazed the trail for a gambling destination that was so much more, in the days before online casinos. When the town was primarily controlled by the Mafia, Vegas was about one thing – gambling. Now, it boasts an embarrassment of attractions to suit all tastes and persuasions. The casinos are still its biggest draw, but they have become tourist destinations in themselves.
From the iconic fountain-display at the Bellagio, to the gondoliers traversing the canals of the Venetian, to the towering Roman columns of Caesar’s Palace, the casinos of Las Vegas are eye-catching to say the least. Ever wondered how the Eiffel Tower would look, or the Egyptian Pyramids or the Sphinx, when transported to a Nevada desert town? Here’s your chance.
If it’s good old fashioned entertainment you’re after, then Las Vegas is hard to beat. Gone are the days when faded has-beens were its preserve, now global megastars see Las Vegas as an essential stopping-point. Celine Dion and Elton John are both regulars in its vast auditoriums – but if it’s a show you’re after, then perhaps one of the Cirque du Soleil extravaganzas is more your thing, or one of the magic shows from the superstars of the craft, Penn and Teller.
In the Secret Garden of Siegfried and Roy, at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, you can see big cats and dolphins, while at the Shark Reef in Mandalay Bay you can see one of the largest aquariums America has to offer. For meals, you no longer have to rely on stodgy casino food to fill you up; Las Vegas has become quite the destination for Haute Cuisine, boasting a number of internationally-renown restaurants including CUT by Wolfgang Puck that began the transformation of Las Vegas into a place where discerning diners could get a proper bite to eat.