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The sparkling city of Las Vegas

October 25th, 2008 by Carol Ferndale · 7 Comments

If you are looking for a city that is as bold as brass and a never-ending source of excitement and novelty, then take a look at Las Vegas, which has so much neon that its warm glow can actually be spotted from space. If you enjoy a bit of a flutter, then Las Vegas has everything from rows of slot machines, to sophisticated casinos where you can try your luck at the gaming tables.

However, if you thought that Las Vegas was all about gambling, you’d be wrong, there is loads more besides – the city has a fantastic array of sports on offer, fine and fashionable shops, some great theme parks, and wonderful fairground attractions, including rollercoasters and simulator rides. There is also tons of good entertainment that is inimitably Las Vegas with performers and bands from all over the world. There are fabulous nightclubs, and places where you can take in comedy, cabaret and music of just about every genre.

Not surprisingly, the glitz and endless nightlife of Las Vegas makes it a popular spot for stag and hen parties, but the city offers a lot for families as well, and children will love its many exciting attractions that make the whole city itself a bit of a funfair. There is nothing like walking down the vibrant Las Vegas strip where everything is going on. You can see replica skylines of Manhattan and Paris, with a mini-Eiffel Tower, and the pyramids of Luxor all lit up in multi-coloured lights. Walk down here and you feel like you are on a movie set - there is so much attention grabbing stuff.

Yet there is more to this city besides glitz, glamour, and bright lights. There are botanical gardens, a branch of the Smithsonian which showcases classical art and modern works, and there are exhibitions of natural history, anthropology and several automobile museums.

People tend to think of Las Vegas as the ultimate in urbanization, but in fact it is a city that is surrounded by wonderful natural wonders and beauty. From here you can take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, take a look at the Hoover Dam, or visit many of the national parks that are nearby.

The city also has some spectacular hotels that are sights worth seeing in themselves. See The Bellagio with its beautiful fountains, the Venetian where you can glide on a gondola down the Grand Canal, or experience ancient Rome at Caesar’s Palace.

So how do you get the best deals at these snazzy hotels? The best deals are often found by booking directly with the hotel, and if you want to find the best discounts that are currently available you might take a look at Las Vegas Hotel Discounts which provides up-to-the-minute detailed listings of the promotions being offered by hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.

Good deals can be found at Luxor, where you can currently find a Luxor offer code that, in addition to low hotel rates, also gives you 25% off to see Comedian of the Year Carrot Top, and the fantastic performance Zumanity from the Cirque du Soleil. Booking this offer will also get you VIP admission to the luxurious state-of-the-art nightclub LAX and the thrilling rock nightclub Rok Vegas. The site is also good for spotting deals at your favourite casino. With the current slow-down in the economy the hotel and entertainment deals are just getting more and more irresistible.

So if you want to take some time out from the current economic woes that are gripping the planet, a trip to Las Vegas could be just the antidote you are looking for.

Tags: Hotels · North America · USA

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 marianne // Oct 25, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Nice to hear that there is a bit more to the city than neon. It could be a fun place to go to for a week. I’d be keen to see some of the cultural side, and the natural wonders of the surrounding area.

  • 2 steve_b // Oct 25, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    If there’s a good time to be had with nightclubs and the like I’d defo be up for going. Might even try my luck at some of the gaming side of things. It’d be good to be in a city where you never feel bored. Just one thing though - what’s the beer like in Las Vegas?

  • 3 marianne // Oct 27, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Does it matter what the beer is like, steve_b?

    Las Vegas reminds me of what I like about the US - that they have the space to do some really, whacky, outrageous things. If you tried to design in the UK some of the things they have in Las Vegas, like the totally amazingly themed hotels, you’d probably not get planning permission, or come up against some sorts of rules and regulations.

  • 4 Marion // Nov 10, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    I was in Las Vegas in September and I loved it even if I was traveling by myself! I hope I’ll have another chance to visit Sin City - but not alone next time - ’cause I think it is the perfect destination for a weekend with friends! Fun is everywhere and themed hotels are fantastic!!! I stayed at the Sahara, which is certainly not the best hotel in Vegas, but it’s an excellent choice for the price!

  • 5 NewMexicoLuxuryHotels // Nov 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    One day I will definitely visit Las Vegas to see its sparkling night time.

    I am looking forward to try some gambling in Vegas:)

  • 6 steve_b // Dec 15, 2008 at 1:01 am

    @ marianne: Yes, it does kinda matter what the beer is like. I can’t stand paying high prices for really bad beer. I suppose if the beer there was bad though, I could go for whisky …

  • 7 marianne // Dec 16, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    @ steve_b: But don’t you think there is more to a place than what the drinks are like? For example, would you go somewhere where you didn’t like the drink at all, or where drinking was not part of the culture?

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