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Las Vegas is the largest city in the US state of Nevada. Nicknamed Sin City and the Entertainment Capital of the World, it is situated in the midst of the southern Nevada desert landscape. The communities around the city, commonly also known as Las Vegas, have giant mega-casino hotels, decorated with lavish care and attention to detail to create a fantasy-like atmosphere. The casinos often have names and themes that evoke romance, mystery, and far-away and exotic destinations.

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Points of Interest in Las Vegas

  • Aquarium@The Mirage. There is an impressive aquarium behind the check-in counter and a dolphin habitat. Not Free.
  • Botanical Gardens@Bellagio. Inside of the casino there is a tremendous flower garden, with displays changed once for every season and once for the Chinese New Year.
  • Fountain Show@Bellagio. The Fountains of the Bellagio perform a magnificent display (set to music) every 15 minutes in the evenings and also every hour on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Show times can vary on public holidays.
  • Viva Vision - Fremont Street Experience +1 702 678-5600. dusk to mid night. A pedestrian mall just outside the downtown casinos. Multimedia shows are displayed on a giant canopy over the street nightly. Free.
  • Gallery of Fine Art@Bellagio. A fine-art gallery. Not free.
  • Flamingo Garden, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd S. A 15-acre garden with Flamingos and other exotic birds, as well as koi and turtles.
  • Volcano@The Mirage. Eruptions begin at 6:00 p.m. and run every hour on the hour until 11:00 p.m. (nightly). The volcano in front of the casino erupts in a terrific light show.
  • Shark Reef Aquarium@Mandalay Bay. The highlight is walking through a transparent tunnel with sharks, sea turtle, fish on all sides. $16.
  • Springs Preserve, 333 South Valley View Blvd,  +1 702 822-7700. A large complex in the center fo the city that features a Desert Living Center, interactive wildlife shows, galleries, museums, various gardens, historical and nature trails, and a butterfly habitat opening in 2013. From $0 to $18.95.
  • World's Largest Golden Nugget@Golden Nugget Hotel. The world's largest gold nugget is on display in the back of the casino. about 100m behind reception. 61 lbs of gold called the hand of faith.
  • The Tank@Golden Nugget Hotel. a $30 million complex complete with a shark tank, a 3-storey waterslide and seven private cabanas. $20.
  • Toilets@Main Street Station. The urinals in the men's room are mounted on a piece of the Berlin Wall. If you're one of the fairer sex, ask an employee to let you see it, they almost always will accommodate you.
  • Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza (about 1 mile west of Treasure Island, Take a westbound CAT Route 203 bus from the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road between TI and the Fashion Show Mall). A place to experience Asian culture.
  • U.S. Route 95 At Night. This route climbs gradually northwest of Las Vegas so that the Strip's neon lights remain visible for a remarkably long distance, appearing as a luminous cloud from the furthest point.
  • Erotic Heritage Museum, 3275 Industrial Rd,  +1 702 369-6442. Museum dedicated to the sexual revolution.
  • The Neon Museum Las Vegas, 821 N Las Vegas Blvd,  +1 702 387-6366. An outdoor lot loaded with huge signs that once twinkled in front of the Silver Slipper, Stardust, and El Cortez. See the giant horseshoe made of thousands of gold-colored light bulbs! $15.
  • The Adventuredome at Circus Circus. America's largest indoor theme park with 25 rides and attractions for all ages. Individual tickets or all day ride passes are available.
  • National Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E Flamingo Road,  +1 702 794-5151. Mo-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Artifacts, pictures, maps and video footage presenting nuclear weapons testing and development in the southwestern US. If you're interested in science and history it's definitely worth visiting, and it's also a great break if you've become tired of the Strip. Videography requires special permission. Museum $14, Museum and Area 51 exhibit $20.
  • In addition to the above, there are various characters you are likely to see while you visit Las Vegas, including Elvis impersonators (see photo above for an example).

Fountains of Bellagio

Grand Canal Shoppes

Forum Shops

Las Vegas Eiffel Tower

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Bellagio Casino

Crystals at City Center

Gondola Rides at The Venetian

The Shoppes at the Palazzo

MGM Grand Garden Arena

The Cosmopolitan Casino

Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Miracle Mile Shops

Mirage Volcano

Fashion Show Mall

Stratosphere Tower

Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Fremont Street Experience

Adventuredome Theme Park

Fremont Street Flightlinez

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About Las Vegas

Background

Compared with other cities in the western US, Las Vegas is a relatively recent arrival. It was founded in 1905, and for many years it was merely a small settlement in the middle of the desert. However, several pivotal events would come together in less than twenty years that would help Las Vegas grow into what it is today:

  • The construction of Hoover Dam in 1928 brought thousands of workers to the area. What is now known as Boulder City was established for the workers.
  • Nevada legalized gambling in 1931, and downtown Las Vegas became an entertainment center for the dam workers, with casinos and speakeasies. Business became so good that it surpassed Reno as the gambling capital of the world in less than 10 years.
  • In 1941, the luxurious El Rancho Vegas resort opened on what would later become the Las Vegas Strip. Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel later opened the Flamingo Hotel in 1946, starting the building boom and one-upmanship that would still continue today and creating a precedent of organized crime involvement in Nevada's gambling industry. By the 1990s, federal regulations and enforcement, and investments by established corporations would virtually wipe out any mob involvement.

The city is laid out as follows: Main Street as well as the numbered streets run north-south, starting with Main Street in the west. The bus station is on Main Street. Downtown has several hotel-casinos, as well as the "Fremont Street Experience", a pedestrian mall lined with casinos, near the western end of Fremont Street. A couple miles south of downtown starts the "Strip" (Las Vegas Boulevard South), a north-south street lined with large casino-hotels, shopping malls, and other attractions. The northern end of the Strip is marked by the tall Stratosphere tower. Frequent city buses run up and down the Strip and connect the Strip to downtown. The Las Vegas monorail and the convention center sit just east of the Strip, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) is located slightly more east of the Strip on Maryland Parkway. The airport is at the southern end of the Strip.

Activities

  • Ride a Gondola@The Venetian Hotel. Includes a visit to St. Mark's Square. $15 for 4 minutes.
  • Indoor Skydiving@Vegas Indoor Skydiving, 200 Convention Center Dr,  +1 877 545-8093. 10am-8pm. Fly your body in a vertical wind tunnel. No experience necessary, all training and equipment provided. Safe for all ages. $85.
  • Shoot an Automatic Weapon@The Gun Store, 2900 E Tropicana Ave,  +1 702 454-1110. 9AM-6:30PM daily. Photo ID required. Beware long lines. 2-3 hours long wait is not unusual on weekends and busy days $250-400.
  • Play Pinball Games@The Pinball Hall of Fame, 1610 E. Tropicana Ave (located in a white nondescript building on the north side of the street). 10AM-. Old-style machines and newest ones from Stern are there, all in very good condition. Definitely worth a look. From $0.25 per game.
  •    Helicopter Tours From Fly Maverick, 6075 S Las Vegas Blvd,  +1 888 261-4414. Helicopter tours that will take you deep into the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon or soaring above the neon lights and mega resorts of the Las Vegas Strip, as well as helicopter tours that include rafting down the Colorado River. $114-599.
  • The Hunt Las Vegas (Las Vegas Blvd & Flamingo),  +1 702 966-9896. Limo Scavenger Hunt throughout the City of Las Vegas. Thrills and visits to the cities Hotspots, both on the Strip and Downtown are included in The Hunt. 50+.
  • Stripper 101 Pole Dancing Classes @ V Theater. For ladies aged 18 and over. Advanced scheduling required. From $40.
  • Exotics Racing School. After a training session, get behind the wheel of a Ferrari F430 F1 or other race car and go up to 130mph with an instructor in the passenger seat. From $249 depending on the car and number of laps.
  • Sun Buggy Fun Rentals, 6825 Speedway Blvd Bldg B Ste 101 (I-15 N to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 3rd Right behind Shelby's corner cafe),  +1 702 644-2855. 7AM-7PM daily. Dune buggy rentals and off-roading experiences at the Las Vegas dunes.
  • Vegas Horseback Tours, 2470 Chandler Ave Ste 11,  +1 888 584-9059. Daily. Horseback Tours include a Sunset Dinner, Lunch or Breakfast horseback ride, an authentic cowboy meal and a visit to cowboy town and petting zoo. Free hotel pick-up. $109-139.
  • Red Rock Canyon, on the western edge of the Las Vegas city limits. Features hundreds of traditional/gear and sport routes. Climbing is possible year-round, though Spring and Fall tend to be most comfortable. There are a couple of guide books that detail the routes. Though the area does not receive much precipitation, it is worth remembering that if the sandstone becomes wet (from rain or snow) it becomes brittle and you'd be wise to avoid it for at least two day before checking if it dried out. There is also a scenic drive through Red Rock Canyon, which will take you about 30 minutes to complete, though there are opportunities to park up and get out of the car. Entry is $7 per car unless you have a National Park pass.
  •    Four Activities in One Day, Tours leave from Town Square at 6605 Las Vegas Blvd South,  +1 702 358-7889, e-mail: detourvegas@gmail.com. Ride a mountain bike, kayak, atv and land sail all in one packed day. The total tour is about 6 hours. Tour includes entry to Lake Mead National Recreation Center. Must book ahead of time. $150.


For mountain activities such as hiking, climbing, and skiing close to Las Vegas, see Get Out

Rides

  • The Roller Coaster @ New York New York Hotel. The Roller Coaster will lift you up 203 feet, drop you down 144 feet and leave your pulse trying to catch up to 67 mph. Simulating a jet fighter's barrel roll, you'll turn 180°, hang 86 feet in the air, take the famous "heartline" twist and dive. Individual Tickets: $14; Scream Pass: $25 (includes: all day ride pass, $2 off 5x7 photo); Family Fun Flight for Four: $60 (Includes Four individual ride tickets and 2 5x7 close up photos).
  • Rides @ The Stratosphere Hotel. . There are 3 intense rides on the top of the tallest hotel on the strip: Big Shot - Shoots passengers straight up 160 feet at 45 mph (over 4 Gs) until they are 1,081 feet above the Strip. X-Scream - A giant teeter-totter that propels you 27 feet over the edge of the Tower, 866 feet above the ground. Insanity, the Ride - A massive mechanical arm extends 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and spins you at a force of 3 Gs for a truly mind-bending experience. For the people who do not like rides but still want to do something at the top, there are shops and a great view. Elevator to the top of the hotel: Adult $16, Child $10; Rides: $12-13 each.
  • The Adventuredome @ Circus Circus. America's 2nd largest indoor theme park with 25 rides and attractions for all ages. Day pass: $26.95.

Shows

Free shows

  • World-Class Circus Acts @ Circus Circus, 2880 S Las Vegas Blvd,  +1 702 734-0410. From 11am, every half-hour. Aerialists, jugglers, acrobats and trapeze artists take the stage at the world's largest permanent circus daily. Free.
  • Masquerade Show in the Sky @ Rio, 3700 W Flamingo Rd,  +1 702 777-7776. A mix between Mardi Gras floats and Rio Carnival. Very popular. Seems to have closed down as of April 2013. Free.
  • I Lost My M in Vegas @ M&M World, 3785 S Las Vegas Blvd (in the Showcase Mall, next to the MGM Hotel & Casino). Daily. 3–D movie. Free.

There are places on the Strip where you can buy half-price shows. Not the real popular ones for the same day. Cash or credit card.

Cirque du Soleil shows

Las Vegas hosts 8 popular Cirque du Soleil shows. To secure the best seats, reservations well in advance is recommended. In order of opening date, the shows are;

  • Mystère @ Treasure Island +1 800 392-1999. A classic Cirque show, full of amazing feats, impressive costumes, and humor. Definitely worth the time and money. Although it's family-friendly, it verges on too intense and psychedelic for younger children, so consider avoiding for children are under eight.
  • 'O' @ Bellagio +1 888 987-7111. The stage at the Bellagio contains a 1.5 million gallon swimming pool, from which most performers emerge and retreat to. It's an incredibly impressive show.
  • Zumanity @ New York-New York +1 866 774-7117. An adult show. You must be 18 or older to attend.
  • KÀ @ MGM Grand +1 877 264-1844. Spectacular show that tells a tale of Imperial Twins on a journey to fulfill their destinies.
  • Love @ Mirage +1 800 963-9634. This recent addition to Cirque du Soleil is a show based on the music of The Beatles. The show explores the content of the songs as interpreted by performances from a cast of 60.
  • Criss Angel Believe @ Luxor +1 800 557-7428. Based on the magic of Criss Angel.
  • Zarkana @ Aria +1 877 253-5847. Stunning display of acrobatics.
  • Michael Jackson One @ Mandalay Bay +1 877 632-7400. A tribute to the King of Pop.

Production shows

Reserve your tickets well in advance for the best available seating. The most popular shows are sold out on the weekends. Make sure to always book your seats directly from the official hotel website.[1].

  • All That Drags@Lucky Cheng's, 3049 S Las Vegas Blvd. Drag queen cabaret. Temporarily postponed.
  • Blue Man Group@Venetian +1 866 641-7469. Nightly 7:30PM and/or 10:30PM. $71-130.
  • Gregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater@V Theater Planet Hollywood +1 702 260-7200. Thursday thru Tuesday at 4:00PM. Extraordinary talents of performing pets. $35.
  • Le Rêve @ Wynn. F-Sun 7:00PM & 9:30PM. Held in a domed stage with no seat further than 40 feet from the stage. Le Rêve takes you through a young woman's dream, and features acrobats, synchronized swimming and diving. $99-195.
  • Menopause - The Musical@Luxor.
  • Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular@Venetian +1 866 641-7469. 95 minutes.
  • Jersey Boys@Venetian +1 702 414-9000. 2 hours and 10 minutes with a pause.
  • Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding@V Theater Planet Hollywood +1 702 260-7200. 7:30PM nightly. From $90.
  • Tournament of Kings@Excalibur, Excalibur. 6:00PM & 8:30PM except Tuesdays. $60.
  • V - The Ultimate Variety Show @ V Theater Planet Hollywood, V Theater, Planet Hollywood,  +1 702 260-7200. Nightly 7:00pm & 8:30pm. Iincludes magic, special effects, death-defying stunts, wild comedy, visual artists. $60.
  • Vegas! The Show@Planet Hollywood, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd S,  +1 702 260-7200. 7PM and 9PM nightly, except Su. A trip back to the swank days of Frank, Dino and Sammy features a tap dance number, a tribute to Gladys Knight and a performance of the Can-Can. $80.

Headliner shows

  • Donny and Marie @ Flamingo, 3555 S Las Vegas Blvd,  +1 702 733-3333. $95-260 plus taxe & fees.
  • Bette Midler - The Showgirl Must Go On @ Caesars Palace's Colosseum.

Comedy shows

There are always different comedians coming to Las Vegas. Some comedians that have recently performed in Las Vegas include Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, and Carrot Top. Always a great way to get a laugh and end the night.

  • Sin City Comedy Show @ V Theater Planet Hollywood +1 702 260-7200.
  • Carrot Top @ Luxor +1 702-822-6262.

Impressionist/impersonation shows

  • Terry Fator @ Mirage +1 702 792-7777.

Tribute shows

  • Fab Four Live@V Theater Planet Hollywood Casino, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd S, Ste 360,  +1 702 260-7200. Rated the best Beatles tribute band. $50-75.
  • Human Nature@Imperial Palace. The Ultimate Celebration of Motown showcases the distinctive, dynamic harmonies of members Toby Allen, Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney and Michael Tierney. This quartet is known for outstanding concert and stage performances and has toured with Céline Dion and Michael Jackson.
  • Motown Revue - Hitzville - The Show@V Theater Planet Hollywood Casino, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd S, Ste. 360,  +1 702 260-7200. Tues-Sat at 6:00pm. Includes the hits of Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Temptations, Tina Turner, The Four Tops and Motown diva Diana Ross & The Supremes as they rock the stage. $45-55.
  • What Happens in Vegas@Clarion Hotel. Tuesday to Saturday 7:30 PM-9PM. Vegas Variety show featuring the best entertainers in the Magic of Music and Comedy. $10.

Magic shows

  • David Copperfield@MGM Grand. One of the world’s most famous magicians. Some of his best known illusions are making the Statue of Liberty disappear, walking through the Great Wall of China and flying over the audience (which he does nightly).
  • Lance Burton.
  • Mac King Comedy Magic Show @ Harrah's. $25.
  • Penn and Teller@Rio, 3700 W Flamingo Rd,  +1 702 777-7776. Daily @ 9PM. $75-85.
  • The Mentalist@V Theater Planet Hollywood +1 702 260-7200. Nightly except Wednesday @ 7:30PM. From $50.

Hypnotists

  • Anthony Cools - The Uncensored Hypnotist@Paris, 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd.
  • Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis@V Theater Planet Hollywood +1 702 260-7200. Nightly except Friday 10PM. From $35.

Adult shows

Topless female dancers
  • Bite@Stratosphere. Every day except Thursday at 10:30PM. A vampire-themed revue set primarily to popular rock songs from the 70s and 80s. $50.
  • Crazy Girl@Riviera. Nightly @ 9:30PM. $45.
  • Crazy Horse Paris@MGM Grand. The show is unlike most other topless revues as it is presented in a more artistic manner through lighting, costumes, and set designs. Most of the females are of the same shape and size. One of the slogans for the show is 'celebrating the artistry of the nude'. Also features two breaks for the women when a male performer takes the stage first performing a magic card act, then a comedic musical number.
  • Fantasy@Luxor. Nightly: 10:30 pm. Vocalist Lorena Peril takes center stage. Steamy choreography and striking vocals fused with a touch of comedy. The high-energy production show features a variety of performances including salsa, belly dancing routine and celebrity impersonations by comedian Sean E. Cooper. From $39.
  • Jubilee!@Ballys. Spectacular sets & elaborate costumes. 25 years running. See the Titanic sink right on stage.
  • X Burlesque@Flamingo. Nightly @ 10PM, 90 minutes. Showcases a variety of performances by six gorgeous dancers set to contemporary music. Combines high-energy performance with the use of props such as bathtubs, guitars, lollipops and feather boas. $45.
  • Zumanity@New York New York. The sensual side of Cirque du Soleil.
Topless male dancers
  • American Storm@V Theater Planet Hollywood. Voted as Best Male Strip Show of 2008. $30.
  • Chippendales@Rio +1 702 777-7776. The original all male revue.
  • Thunder from Down Under@Excalibur. Sunday-Thursday: 9 pm; Friday & Saturday: 8 & 10:30 pm. . From $47.

Gamble

Opportunities to gamble are found in most places in the Las Vegas metro area, even at McCarran Airport and small supermarkets.

Age restrictions

It is state law that all gamblers must be at least 21 years of age. Even if you are at least 21 years old, you are required to bring to the casino a valid ID that shows your current age or complete date of birth (e.g. driver's licence, passport) as proof of your age. Photocopies of valid IDs are usually not considered valid. In-house security makes rounds of inspections to check compliance. If you are under-age or without a valid ID to prove your age and found in the gambling premises, hotel staff will ask you to leave, and could ask the metro police to issue you a citation. Moreover, under-age gamblers cannot collect any jackpot; such bets are void and the casino will at best return your wager before asking you to leave the premises. There is a curfew for anyone under the age of 18 and metro police regularly transport violators to a juvenile center.

The odds

It is beneficial to understand the rules, strategies, and odds of each game before you arrive. The games with the lowest house advantage if you know how to play are craps (dice) with full odds and blackjack; however, tables where a 21-blackjack pays only 6:5 or even-money instead of the traditional 3:2 give the house a big advantage, and should be avoided. Games in which the casino has the best house advantage include slot machines, roulette, and some craps bets (hardways and propositions). If a game is unfamiliar to you, just ask the dealer for advice on how to play. If you are playing during the daytime at a table that is not crowded, most dealers will be happy to explain the game to you, and even slow down the dealing.

Pre-paid gambling cards

To facilitate gambling in machine-based games, you can use a pre-paid card to make wagers and collect winnings. Obtain one of these from the counter, insert the card into the gambling machine you choose to play and the machine will deduct your wagers as well as add your winnings to it. You can go to another cash dispensing machine to redeem your winnings as well as reload the value.

ATMs

Most casinos offer ATMs and over-the-counter cash facilities, but beware about the charges set by your bank and the machine operator or establishment. ATMs in casinos may charge exorbitant fees for withdrawals.

Comps

One reason to gamble, aside from the hope of winning money, is that by doing so, you could receive complimentary ("comp") rooms, meals, and even airfare depending on your play. Most casinos issue free "player cards." It is generally to your advantage to show or insert your player card every time you play a table game or slot machine. At the end of your trip, you can ask the hotel if you are eligible for any comps, you might be pleasantly surprised. And if you arrive at the casino prepared to lay out $1,000 or more, don't be bashful; ask the pit boss to be "rated" for comps before or while you begin playing. Separate from comps, many hotels offer discount packages for travelers who book a Sunday-Thursday night arrival. Most of these packages offer gambling coupons or a matching play—see the Sleep section for details.

Poker

Texas Hold'em, 7-card stud, and Omaha can be found at almost all Las Vegas poker rooms. However, not all casinos have a poker room, so call the casino or ask a gaming floor attendant. Casinos with non-smoking poker rooms include Wynn, Bellagio, The Palms, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, and Mirage.

During June and July, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is held in Las Vegas. If you are interested in poker, this is a must see and all top poker players are present. And if you are a skilled player, you can play the sidegames taking place during the WSOP.

Spectator sports

  • Las Vegas 51s (Cashman Field). Triple-A baseball club affiliate of the New York Mets, the 51s have been in Las Vegas longer than any other professional sports team. The 51s began as the Las Vegas Stars in 1983, but changed their name to the 51s, a reference to Area 51, in 2000. They have won 2 Pacific Coast League crowns and 8 division titles.
  • Las Vegas Wranglers (Orleans Arena). ECHL hockey affiliate of the Calgary Flames, the Wranglers began in 2003 and are the longest active affiliate of the Calgary Flames hockey club. In their first 5 years, the Wranglers have becoming a decent ECHL team that can be fun to watch. The Wranglers have won two division titles and two conference titles.
  • National Finals Rodeo. Arguably the city's most prominent sporting event is the finals of the annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, held over 10 days in December just off the Strip at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus.
  • PBR World Finals. Another major rodeo event is the finals of the Professional Bull Riders series, a separate circuit dedicated to bull riding. The PBR finals, held in late October at the Thomas & Mack Center, have more of an international flavor than the NFR—while the NFR is exclusive to the US and Canada, PBR runs national series in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Australia, and all of these countries, especially Brazil, are represented on the U.S. circuit.
  • UNLV Rebels. The athletic teams of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, better known as UNLV, are also popular in the area. The Rebels are members of the Mountain West Conference which has been expanding in recent years and, starting in 2013, will have 12 members for football and 11 members for other sports. The most famous UNLV team is the men's basketball team, known as the "Runnin' Rebels"; though not as strong as in their heyday from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, they remain solidly competitive and very popular. Most of the school's sports venues are on campus, but the football team plays at Sam Boyd Stadium in the suburb of Whitney, well to the east of campus.
  • USA Sevens. From an international perspective, however, this may be the city's most prominent sporting event—at least among those who do not consider poker to be a sport. The "Sevens" refers to rugby sevens, a variant of rugby union played on a full-sized field but with seven players a side instead of 15. The USA Sevens is part of the IRB Sevens World Series, an annual circuit of nine events for national rugby sevens teams. Games are very fast-paced—each half lasts only 7 or 10 minutes, as opposed to 40 minutes in the full version of rugby union. This allows many games to be played in a day, and a full tournament to be completed in a weekend. The event, held at Sam Boyd Stadium in the second weekend of February, features 15 other national teams beside that of the U.S. (and may expand further starting with the 2013 event), and encourages a festival atmosphere. If you're so inclined, it can be a great opportunity to meet people from other parts of the world.

Get married

Las Vegas is the wedding capital of the world. To get married, first go to the County Clerk's Office and apply for a marriage license. Both parties must have valid ID, such as a driver's license or passport. The cost is $60 per opposite-sex couple. The Las Vegas Wedding Bureau is open from 9AM-midnight seven days a week, including holidays. No blood test or waiting period is required. The marriage license itself is valid for one year. The minimum age to marry is 18; a 16 or 17 year old may marry if one parent is present or has given notarized permission.

Once you have a marriage license, the wedding ceremony can be performed by any priest, minister, rabbi or Justice of the Peace authorized to perform weddings within the Las Vegas area. Numerous wedding chapels are located around the Wedding Bureau and on the Strip. You can choose an elaborate theme wedding, such as an Elvis impersonator as officiant, or a simple ceremony and reception celebration.

Most major hotels and Vegas wedding chapels offer wedding packages for those who wish to plan a larger wedding ceremony. But don't let a lack of planning stop your nuptials; all Vegas wedding chapels can perform immediate weddings with no prior appointment, although it is recommended to make a reservation for your wedding. If you make a reservation most chapels will provide courtesy limousine transportation from your hotel to the chapel and back. Making a reservation also decreases the likelihood of having to wait.

Finally, you can check with the Las Vegas Better Business Bureau before making any arrangements with any wedding chapel or service provider. You may check the local BBB reports online.

Tennis

Las Vegas is a great place for tennis fans. Not only do many of the hotels offer excellent courts but public courts abound as well. Vegas is also home to many amateur tournaments, UNLV tournaments, as well as The Tennis Channel Open.

Ice skating

Given the very high temperatures during the summer it maybe a surprise that ice skating is popular, but at inside rinks!

  • Las Vegas Ice Center, 9295 W Flamingo Rd (west of the Bellagio),  +1 702 320-7777, fax: +1 702 255-9356. A twin-rink facility.
  • SOBE Ice Arena, 2400 N Rancho Dr (at the Fiesta Rancho),  +1 702 631-7000. Vegas' only ice rink integrated into a casino/hotel complex.

Food

Large casinos will invariably offer a variety of dining options, ranging from the omni-present buffet to simple cafes to gourmet restaurants.

  • Heart Attack Grill, 450 Fremont St. Mon-Sat 11 am - 2 am. The Heart Attack Grill is an American hamburger restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada (formerly Chandler, Arizona). It has courted controversy by serving high-calorie menu items with deliberately provocative names.

The establishment is a hospital theme restaurant: waitresses ("nurses") take orders ("prescriptions") from the customers ("patients"). A tag is wrapped on the patient's wrist showing which foods they order and a "doctor" examines the "patients" with a stethoscope. The menu includes "Single", "Double", "Triple", and "Quadruple Bypass" hamburgers, ranging from 8 to 32 ounces (230 to 910 g) of beef (up to about 8,000 calories), all-you-can-eat "Flatliner Fries" (cooked in pure lard), beer and tequila, and soft drinks such as "Jolt" and Mexican-bottled Coca-Cola made with real sugar. Customers over 350 lb (160 kg) in weight eat for free if they weigh in with a doctor or nurse before each burger. Beverages and to-go orders are excluded and sharing food is also not allowed for the free food deal.

Buffets

The most famous buffets in Las Vegas are at the Rio, Bellagio, Paris and Planet Hollywood, though the newly opened Wynn buffet is becoming more and more of a favorite with tourists and locals alike. The best buffets typically run about $30 a person for a weekend dinner. Lunch is your best value at most buffets when they are around half price, breakfasts are cheapest and often have a great spread too. Do not forget that tipping your buffet waiter 10-15% is customary. You can leave cash on the table at the end of your meal or tip the cashier at the counter on a credit card. Some buffets give "early bird" discounts, which means that if you arrive early the price is a few dollars lower.

  • Le Village Buffet, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S (Paris Las Vegas),  +1 702 946-7000. Featuring dishes from five French provinces, the Village Buffet offers exquisite classic French foods, some made to order, and seasonal specialties under a faux sky in a village-like setting. Patrons may, for example, choose to sit in a town square or French country home. Lines can be long. For an extra $10 per person, patrons can go to the head of the line.
  • Spice Market, 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd (Planet Hollywood),  +1 702 785-5555. The casino changed names, but the buffet is the same. All styles of food including good seafood. Line moves fast.
  • Village Seafood Buffet@Rio, 3700 W Flamingo Rd,  +1 702 777-7777. Su-Th 4PM-10PM, F Sa 3PM-11PM. This buffet is one of the better buffets in Las Vegas, with an extensive seafood collection (as well as other items). Lines can be long. Note that the Rio also offers the Carnivale World Buffet, which is cheaper but does not offer a total seafood oriented buffet, but features a changing variety of dishes featuring seafood. Tables are close together, and can be noisy. $34.99 (dinner only).
  • The Buffet@Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S,  +1 702 770-7100. 8AM-10PM, Sa Su brunch 8AM-3PM. 16 exhibition cooking stations and a luxurious selection of extraordinary dishes. Dress is casual. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served, with champagne brunch on weekends.
  • The Buffet@Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S (Bellagio),  +1 702 693-7111. 7AM-10PM daily, Sa Su brunch 7AM-4PM. Arguably the best buffet on the Strip, with the dinner menu including pre-split crab legs, venison, Kobe beef, and wild boar. Gourmet Friday dinner includes Beef Wellington, Rack of Lamb, Veal Ossobuco, Grilled Swordfish, and Curried Duck Legs. The Buffet has spectacular selections from Italy, China, and Japan as well as fresh seafood and traditional American food. Wait to enter can be 90 minutes or more. no charge 4 and under.

Restaurants

On the Strip

  • AJ's Steakhouse@Hard Rock Hotel. Order a martini and a Filet Mignon—medium rare—and hoist one for ‘ol Blue Eyes!
  • Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare@Wynn. Chef Paul Bartolotta focuses on the fish, which was pulled out of the Mediterranean 48 hours before serving. Great clams, lobsters, and Sicilian amberjack. Dine al fresco alongside the manmade lagoon behind the restaurant.
  • Craftsteak@MGM Grand +1 702 891-7318. Considered to be one of the best steak houses in America. $95.
  • Cypress Street Marketplace@Caesars Palace. daily from 11am-11pm. Interesting and good for the family, it has every cuisine and is mostly cheap.
  • Diablo's Mexican Cantina@Monte Carlo. Popular Mexican eatery with an excellent bar and a great menu.
  • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville@Flamingo. A fun tropical-themed restaurant featuring dishes named after many of Jimmy Buffett's songs (for example: the Cheeseburger in Paradise).
  • Kahunaville Tropical Restaurant@Treasure Island. Great atmosphere that serves standard fare.
  • L'Atelier de Joel Rubuchon@MGM Grand. Casual French restaurant with dim lighting, ruby red furniture, and spectacular food.
  • Mesa Grill@Caesars Palace +1 877 346-4642. With a brightly colored decor and festive atmosphere, chef Bobby Flay serves us some tasty Southwestern food with flair.
  • Mr. Lucky's 24-7@Hard Rock Hotel. Sandwiches, salads, and sundaes are popular at the rock and roll diner, but nothing compares with the people watching! Open 24 hours per day!
  • Mon Ami Gabi@Paris +1 702 944-4224. Nice restaurant serving mostly steaks and seafood. The staff makes a tribute to the restaurant's location by talking with French accent. Mains start at $20.
  • Nobu@Hard Rock Hotel. A staple for Las Vegas sushi lovers, newcomers will discover a fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine with Latin spices and flavors.
  • Olives@Bellagio +1 866 259-7111. Todd English's legendary restaurant. Enjoy a Mediterranean-style experience set against the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Bellagio. House-made pastas, steaks, rotisserie dishes, brick oven pizzas and sommelier-recommended wines complement the dining atmosphere.
  • Peppermill Las Vegas, 2985 Las Vegas Blvd,  +1 702 735-4177. 1970's space-age decor and waitresses that call you 'hon'
  • Pink Taco@Hard Rock Hotel. Decoration and staff are half pirate ship, half Suicide Girls, but the Mexican food (and the margaritas) are tasty and served in generous portions. Mains $12-18.
  • Range Steakhouse@Harrah's. Grilled to order steaks that will satisfy.
  • Shang-hai Lily@Mandalay Bay. Gourmet Chinese and an incredible fine dining experience.
  • Silk Road@Vdara. Pan Asian restaurant. Try the blueberry ricotta pancakes slathered in honeycomb butter.
  • Stripburger (Fashion Show Mall). Outdoor bar serving sliders. Great for stopping in for a few mini burgers and beers that won't fill you up on the way to your next destination. Waitresses are good-looking.
  • Tao@Venetian +1 702 388-8338, fax: +1 702 388-8308. Su-Th 5PM-midnight, F Sa 5PM-1AM. A beautifully decorated pan-Asian restaurant that doubles as a nightclub offering good food at moderately high prices. $30-50.
  • THE Steak House@Circus Circus +1 702 794-3767. Su-F 5PM-10PM, Sa 5PM-11PM. Considered to be a hidden gem, THE Steak House at Circus Circus doesn't seem fit in with its surroundings; indeed, it has been consistently voted one of the best steaks in Las Vegas for over twenty years. Beautiful decor, outstanding food, and impeccable service, as well as an extensive wine list. $40-70.
  • Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill@Harrah's. American cuisine that includes steaks, burgers, sandwiches, and even dishes like meatloaf and fried catfish. During the evening the restaurant features live country music bands.
  • Top of the World@Stratosphere +1 702380 7711. A revolving gourmet restaurant more than 800 feet above the Strip at the top of the Stratosphere Tower.

Off the Strip

  • Bahama Breeze, 375 Hughes Center Dr. Serves great tropical food. Large portions with a great atmosphere. Famous for their Jerk Chicken Pasta, Cinnamon Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and wide variety of hand-crafted tropical drinks such as the Bahamarita. This is a great place to get away and relax from the crowds of people on the Strip.
  • Ellis Island Casino Restaurant (Located one block east of Bally's at the intersection of Flamingo and Koval). The $6.95 steak special is consistently voted one of the best deals in Las Vegas. It's not on the menu, so ask for it specifically. If steak is not your thing the restaurant has plenty of other selections at cheap prices. In addition, Ellis Island has barbecue every night from 4-10PM. Ellis Island also brews its own beer, and serves them in the casino bar in 20 oz glasses for $1.50.
  • ENVY, The Steakhouse, 3400 Paradise Rd (Located in the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel). ENVY is the proud winner of the 2005 Las Vegas Life Magazine Epicurean Award “Best New Restaurant – Off the Strip,” as well as the Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence annually from 2005 to 2009. Originally inspired by Chef Richard Chamberlain, the distinctive ENVY menu includes premium quality, fresh ingredients from select purveyors around the country, featured in innovative dishes that redefine traditional steakhouse cuisine. Enjoy the highest quality Kobe filet, prime rib roast, Black Angus filet and prime bone-in rib eye. The walk-in wine cellar features 1,500 bottles of wine.
  • H2(EAU), 2000 Fashion Show Dr (Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas),  +1 702 476-7423. H2(eau) features casual American favorites and offers a vibrant atmosphere in which to dine poolside.
  • Lawry's The Prime Rib, 4043 Howard Hughes Pkwy,  +1 702 893-2223. Juicy, succulent portions of the company namesake, Prime Rib. All prime rib dinners include original spinning bowl salad, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and whipped creamed horseradish. If you don't want prime rib (why go eat at a place called The Prime Rib if you don't want it?) there's always a ribeye steak available and a couple fish dishes.
  • Rare 120@Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Rd,  +1 702 693-5500. Steakhouse with a great atmosphere.

Downtown

  • The Beat Coffee Shop, 6th and Fremont. wk days 7am - 12am, sat 9am -12am, sun 9am - 3pm. FREE WIFI, salads, sandwichs. mostly locals. $10.
  • Pasta Pirate, 12 E Ogden Ave (California Hotel & Casino),  +1 702 385-1222. Closed Tu. Delicious steaks, seafood, and pasta. A romantic darkened wharf decor with a view to the chef's flaming grill. The steak and lobster special is a really great value. All dinners include a glass of house wine. Call ahead for reservations to avoid a long wait.

Desserts

  • Luv-It Frozen Custard. Hidden some two blocks north of the Stratosphere Tower and just east of South L.V. Blvd on the north side of Oaky. This family operation offers excellent frozen custards with outstanding toppings. Their blue building with white pillars and trim shares a parking lot with a convenience store.

Drinks

In Las Vegas, free drinks are offered to all gamblers, even those playing 5-cent slot machines. You should tip the waitress at least $1 per drink; failure to do so will likely cost you free drink privileges.

Although it is officially NOT allowed per the lawbooks, drinking on public sidewalks and other areas on the Strip and Downtown is rarely if ever enforced. Thus it is entirely common to consume alcohol in public areas, including the public sidewalks within the Las Vegas city limits which includes all of Downtown, The Strip and close-by areas. Again, as previously mentioned, over-intoxication and disorderly conduct is frowned upon, so stay within your own limits. On special occasions (New Year's Eve and Independence Day for example) there may be bans on glass bottles and/or aluminum cans for the Strip and the Downtown area. Plastic cups and sports bottles are allowed at these times and either provided at purchase or often available at hotel/casino exit doors. When inside a casino or hotel there is seldom any restrictions on carrying drinks from one bar, restaurant or playing location to another with the exception of some showrooms and theaters where it will be clearly posted. Individual shops may also have rules about carrying in food and drink of any kind.

The towns of North Las Vegas, Henderson and other outlying areas have very DIFFERENT regulations forbidding removal of alcohol from bars, etc. so check with your host or doorman if in doubt. Many bars and liquor stores are open 24 hours a day. There are also special posted laws for convenience stores, grocery stores and other retail liquor outlets restricting consumption in the immediate vicinity. Most of all, always remember to drink responsibly and realize that the hot, dry desert air in the summer months can have very adverse health affects on people consuming alcohol such as rapid dehydration and deadly heat stroke, even after dark. Drink plenty of water as well!

Bars

  • Bunkhouse, Downtown (One block from the USA Hostel). Cheap downtown bar with live music. Friendly with travelers and frequented often by the staff and guests of the nearby hostel.
  • Centrifuge @ MGM Grand. Circular shaped bar/lounge; every hour the bar staff dances on the bartop or lounge tables.
  • Casa Fuente@Caesar's Palace. Cuban-themed lounge offering more than 100 different cigars and a good selection of whiskeys. Try the $40 Opus X cigar.
  • Cleopatra's Barge@Caesars Palace. A luxurious floating lounge in a ornate replica of the barge that transported Cleopatra down the Nile.
  • Double Down Saloon, 4640 Paradise Rd,  +1 702 791-5775. The finest dive bar in Vegas! A bit out of the way, but plenty of atmosphere.
  • Frankie's Tiki Room, 1712 W Charleston Blvd,  +1 702 385-3110. Authentic tiki bar with lots of great decor and potent drinks. Look for the pink neon sign.
  • Freakin Frog, 4700 S Maryland Pkwy,  +1 702 597-9702. Nice bar off the Strip with a very large beer selection and live music on weekends.
  • Insert Coin(s), 512 Fremont Street,  +1 702 477-2525. A video-game themed bar located in downtown Las Vegas within walking distance of the Fremont Street Experience. Guests can enjoy their favorite video games in this bar. VIP gaming booths are also available.
  • Nine Fine Irishmen @ New York New York. This pub was actually constructed in Ireland and then shipped to Las Vegas. A great Irish band plays most nights starting around 9PM, the crowd is always energetic, and the Guinness and Bass flow easily. Beer: $7.
  • Pink Taco@Hard Rock. The very best of Mexico with atmosphere, tequila, buckets of beer and of course, tasty Mexican food.
  • Stripper Bar@Planet Hollywood.
  • Todd English Pub@Crystals CityCenter, 3720 S Las Vegas Blvd. Sports bar with great pastrami sliders and over 30 beers on tap.
  • Venus Lounge@Venetian. Pricey, but enjoyable for a couple of quick cocktails.

Nightclubs/Dancing

There is a club or lounge in nearly every hotel and casino. Most clubs remain open until 4AM, with various after-hour clubs available for the truly hard-core partiers. Drink prices can range anywhere from $4–8 for a domestic bottle of beer, $8–10 for well drinks made with cheap generic liquor, and $200 or more for a bottle of spirits. Clubs are always busy on weekends, and may also be packed during weekdays at places that have Service Industry Night (SIN), usually Tuesday to Thursday, when locals working in the service industry have their night off.

A good way to find out what places are currently hot in Vegas is to ask service staff who look like party-people. People working inside hotels are bound to recommend the hotel's institutions, so rather go for waiters or shop-assistants in restaurants or malls outside the hotels.

The top clubs will charge entry of $15 or more. Exceptions may include those who have reserved a table, those who get there early, ladies, and locals. Expect to wait in a line for 10 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the night. It is usually best to arrive before 10PM; while the club may be emptier, the line will be shorter and you may avoid paying a cover charge. Sitting at a table often requires a bottle purchase and if you stop making purchases, they will ask you to vacate the table so that someone else can occupy the table. The dress code varies by club. The general rule of thumb is most of the time women know what to wear when they are going out, and men should avoid wearing tennis shoes, tank tops, hats, t-shirts, and blue jeans.

  • 3121@Rio, 3700 W Flamingo Rd,  +1 702 777-7776. The club is huge with over 30,000 sq feet of dance space. Prince used to play shows here often. Closed in 2007. Crown Nightclub now in its place.
  • Coyote Ugly@New York New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd S,  +1 702 740-6969. Su-Th 6PM-2AM, F-Sa 6PM-3AM. Just like the movie, expect beautiful 20-something women serving you drinks and getting rowdy on the bar. Free entry for locals, $10 for all others.
  • Drais@Billy's, 3595 S Las Vegas Blvd (between Ballys and Flamingo)), e-mail: info@draislasvegas.com. until 9AM. The most popular place for after hours on weekends, so expect long queues especially from 5AM. Two dance-floors: the main floor features trance and Euro dance (otherwise rare in Vegas), the VIP floor (extra charge) features hip hop. $20-30.
  • Haze@Aria +1 702 693-8300. Thursday, Friday & Saturday:

10:30pm-4am. Designed by the Light Group. 25,500 square feet.

  • Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce@Mandalay Bay, 3930 S Las Vegas Blvd. Burlesque club. Now Closed. General Admission: $20 (Sun., Mon., Wed., Thurs.). Front of the line: $40 (Fri., Sat.)..
  • Jet@Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday: 10:30PM-4AM. A 15,000 square foot dance club, featuring three distinct rooms: house, hip-hop and rock. Remodeled in 2011 debuting as 1OAK.
  • LAX@Luxor, 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd. Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Opens at 10pm. Where young Hollywood goes to party. Exclusive club with an exclusive guest list. 26,000 square feet.
  • Rock Cafe@Imperial Palace. until 2AM on weekdays. One of the hot party locations for a weekday night in Vegas. This place gets the crowd going by rock music, and also by classical 80s party pop hits. The toilet is located inside the casino, which makes every trip to the loo a temptative gambling break. free on weekdays.
  • TAO Las Vegas@Venetian. Wednesday - Saturday, 10:30pm until Close. A 10,000 square foot nightclub. There is an outside terrace with Strip views, 3 bars, two main rooms playing a variety of hip hop, house and rock.
  • Vanity@Hard Rock Hotel. Friday-Sunday: 10PM-4AM. 14,000 square feet, 64 VIP booths, Terrace overlooking Hard Rock Beach Club. $20 for ladies, $40 for gentlemen, local ladies free.
  • XS Nightclub@Encore, 3121 Las Vegas Blvd S. Officially, this $100 million 40,000 square foot club is the most expensive nightclub ever built. Popular among NBA stars.

Ultra pool

An Ultra Pool is a mix of a pool, and club all in one.

  • Wet Republic (MGM Grand),  +1 702 891-3563. 11AM-Dusk. Located next to the MGM Grand, this Ultra Pool is the Ultimate Maximum Vegas Day Club. Have a blast swimming around in one of the many pools, or swim (yes, swim) up to a bar and order your favorite drink. Not into getting wet? Relax at a cabana or day bed. Bottle service is available. On select days be sure to stop by as live DJ's will spin the hottest music to cool you down on a hot day in Las Vegas.

Ultra lounge

An ultra lounge is a mix between lounge and a night club, but the difference to "real" night clubs is tiny and vanishes completely, when the DJ pulls out hard-core dance hits.

  • Blush (Wynn's). On the 1st floor of Wynn's with an open-air section. Very posh, and accordingly not very energetic music and crowd. $25.
  • Ghostbar (Palms),  +1 702 942-6832. 8PM-late. Located on the hotel's roof, this bar features a section of floor that is made of thick glass with nothing beneath it -- the glass is the only thing between your feet and the ground 55 stories below.
  • Mix (THEhotel at Mandalay Bay),  +1 702 632-7777. Mix Lounge, located on the 64th floor atop THE hotel at Mandalay Bay, offers guests stunning 360-degree views of the Strip and the Vegas valley from its floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • OPM (Caesars Palace). Located in the Forum Mall, Caesars Palace, OPM is one of the worlds premier RnB clubs. Located above a restaurant, Budda statues, black decor and red mood lighting, gives it a slightly underground feel. Two rooms play RnB/Hip Hop and Dancehall. Regularly frequented by celebrities.
  • Pure (Caesars Palace),  +1 702 731-7873. F-Su, Tu 10PM-early morning hours. Pure claims to be the hugest disco/club in Vegas with 40,000 square foot of space. On weekends, be prepared for huge queues unless you are an attractive woman or a wealthy man. The 14,000 square foot open air terrace on the 10th-ish floor is the only area open also on weekdays. It features a panorama view of the Strip glitter with all strip hotels in sight. Other areas, only open on week-ends, include the Pussycat Doll Lounge and the ultra exclusive (and expensive!) VIP Red Room, frequented by many celebrities. $25+; girls may get waved in for free.
  • Tabu (MGM Grand),  +1 702 891-7183. Th-M 10PM-close. A small but sophisticated bar, this is a great place to linger over a cocktail.

Shopping

Sales tax

The combined state and local sales tax in all of Clark County (meaning the entire Las Vegas metro area) is 8.10%. Only groceries and prescription drugs are exempt.

Like most U.S. states, Nevada has not implemented a tax refund mechanism for international travelers. The only retailers that can sell tax-free items to international travelers are the duty free shops at McCarran International Airport.

Basics

Most hotel/casino resort complexes in Las Vegas have a gift shop open 24/7 that offers basic traveler supplies and sundries. Hotel gift shops are outrageously expensive and should be avoided except for emergencies.

If you are planning to not rent a car and to simply go up and down the Strip on foot or bus, the pharmacies are your best bet for basic supplies. They are all open 24/7 and accustomed to dealing with tourists from all over the world.

Like most U.S. pharmacies, they carry a very large variety of products besides pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements, including snacks, soft drinks, bottled water, cosmetics, toiletries, hats, sunscreen, maps, postcards, and so on. CVS Pharmacy has two branches on the Strip, one located on South Strip between CityCenter and Monte Carlo, and the other located on North Strip between Circus Circus and Sahara Avenue. Walgreens has one branch on Central Strip at Palazzo and another on South Strip in front of Planet Hollywood.

There are also multiple 7-Eleven convenience stores open 24/7 throughout the Strip, but their prices tend to be higher than the pharmacies and their product selection is not as broad. Souvenirs, drinks and snacks are also available at small stores along the strip; there is a cluster of them between MGM and Planet Hollywood as well as between Wynn and Riviera. These are usually the cheapest places to shop, even if the selection is quite limited.

Importantly, there are no major supermarkets on the Las Vegas Strip near the resorts. The closest one that sits on Las Vegas Boulevard is the Whole Foods Market at Town Square (see below). Other than that, one has to travel as far west as Valley View Boulevard or as far east as Maryland Parkway to find supermarkets such as Vons, Albertsons, Food4Less, and Smith's. There is even a Walmart at Tropicana Avenue, about 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) east of the Strip. These places are however accessible by car or bus, prices are lower than on the Strip, and if you're, say a European looking for some authentic American specialties to bring home these are certainly better places to find them than 7-Eleven.

Shopping malls

There are a handful of shopping malls that are not affiliated with casinos:

  • Fashion Show Mall, 3200 S Las Vegas Blvd. Offers nearly every major and deluxe U.S. retail chain store, numerous others often associated with named designers, a large food court and several excellent restaurants...all in a fully-enclosed, air-conditioned facility. Has extensive, free covered parking that often gets quite busy by mid-day.
  • Town Square. About half a mile south of Mandalay is an outdoor mall in the shape of a small Mediterranean town and stands out as such amidst all the other, air-conditioned indoor malls. The idea of open-air shopping in the summer in the desert might seem crazy at first, but an extensive network of trees, shadow alleys and water sprayers let you actually enjoy sunny afternoons outside. And as such, Las Vegas' temperatures are not as heat prone in the seasons of fall, winter, and spring. All shops and restaurants here have their own, distinguished one- or two-story houses. The town actually centers around a real town square featuring trees, ice-cream and coffee stands and benches to rest.

Many of the larger casinos include high-end shopping areas with designer stores, including:

  • Forum Shops (in Caesars). A huge high-end shopping area that also offers free animatronics shows at Fountain of the Gods and Atlantis located at either end of the mall.
  • Grand Canal Shoppes (in the Venetian). Another massive shopping area that features the tacky objets d'art shop featured in Martin Bashir's interview with Michael Jackson.
  • Miracle Mile Shops (in the Planet Hollywood Casino). Another large shopping area with approximately 150 stores and restaurants.

Outlet malls

Las Vegas is a hub for outlet malls.

  • Las Vegas Outlet Center (a few miles S of Mandalay Bay). 120 outlet stores in an indoor setting complete with two food courts.
  • Las Vegas Premium Outlets. At the gateway of Downtown - 120 designer and name-brand outlets including Coach, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren and more.

Other

  • Gamblers Book Club, 5473 S Eastern Ave. This store is stacked with books that can teach you how to count cards and bet on sports. Try to visit when former owner Howard Schwartz is around for some interesting Vegas lore.
  • The Gambler's Book Store, 5473 S Eastern Ave. This is the oldest gambling book store in the nation; if you need to learn how to play a game, this is where you go.
  • Sin City Gallery, 107 E. Charleston Boulevard, Suite 100 (Located inside The Arts Factory, Downtown Las Vegas),  +1 702 608-2461. 1PM - 7PM Wednesday - Saturday and opened until 10PM every first Preview Thursday and First Friday of the month for First Fridays Arts Festival. Contemporary art gallery presenting sophisticated and edgy emerging artists from around the corner and around the world. Named Best Gallery in Nevada. Offers new exhibitions/murals every month. Sin City Gallery produces Las Vegas' only international annual juried erotic art exhibition. Free to visit.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Las Vegas on Wikivoyage.

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