HistoryFounded in 1905, Vegas started out as a small community in the middle of the vast Nevada Desert. When Nevada legalised gambling in the 1930s, a few key businesses started up and the area became a boomtown, becoming what is now the leading place for entertainment on the planet.
Things to doWander along the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, oohing and ahhing at the lavish hotels and casinos that line the streets. Most are well worth visiting even if you have no intention of going near the roulette wheels, slot machines, or card tables. Check out amazing aquariums, watch incredible light shows, experience all the fun of the circus, ride a gondola through "Venice", step back in time to Ancient Egypt, watch a volcano erupt, and peer up at the replica Eiffel Tower… Bold and brash, bigger really is better in Vegas. Of course, no one’s going to judge you if you do end up spending a little time gambling here. If the neon flashing lights and glitz become a bit too much, take a trip to the iconic Grand Canyon or play a round of mini golf. Vegas is never short of a show either, with Cirque du Soleil, comedy acts, cabaret, and live music galore. Oh, and the night scene is wild! You may even spot a star or two.
Shopping and diningWith all the fancy malls, big name boutiques and premium outlets there are in Sin City there’s really only one thing you need to remember when it comes to shopping: if you can’t find it is Vegas, it ain’t worth having! Eating is also an exciting experience, with food from all over the world prepared by high-class chefs mixing it with buffets and themed restaurants. Whether you want to grab a quick bite or have a seriously sumptuous feast, Vegas has it all.
Getting here and aroundGet yourself on one of our cheap flights to Las Vegas and prepare to be blown away! Once you’re there you can get around on buses, taxis, scooters and monorails or just walk along the world famous Strip. There is no "off season" here so make sure you sort out your Las Vegas accommodation before you go. You’re in for the party of your life! And remember: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Hailed as the quintessential Las Vegas show, Folies Bergere at the Tropicana captures the essence of sexy, classic Las Vegas with its scantily-clad showgirls and spectacular dance routines. Also unmissable is Cirque du Soleil's Mystère, an extraordinary show which explores the origins of life through an unforgettable mixture of dance, acrobatics, music, opera, and comedy, and plays to sell-out audiences at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.
Win big in Sin City
No trip to Las Vegas would be complete without a visit to one of the many iconic casinos which have served as the backdrop to many a Hollywood film, including 'Ocean's Eleven' and 'Diamonds are Forever.' Visitors can play a game of roulette under the magnificent frescos of the Venetian, and then enjoy a drink at Coyote Ugly in New York-New York. However, the casinos aren't just about the gambling. The striking architecture and unique design of the buildings mean that you can enjoy a day of sightseeing without setting foot inside.
Gambling is the key to the Sin City's economy and attracts people from all over the world, all of whom are seeking their fortune. The central strip never sleeps, with most of the casinos open 24 hours a day, and most venues offer live entertainment and free drinks to those brave enough to play throughout the night. Different casinos offer different stakes, so it's advisable to start small before heading to the high-stakes tables of the Bellagio and the Riviera.
Feats of man and nature
For a fresh-air break from the gambling, true thrill-seekers should be sure to check out the Stratosphere, which includes the tallest thrill ride in the world. The ride ascends past the peak of a skyscraper over 329 meters high, offering magnificent views of the city, before plummeting down to the roof of the casino. It's definitely not one for the faint-hearted.
For those seeking an escape from the non-stop chaos of the casinos and shows at the main strip, the Hoover Dam is located 30 miles south-east of Las Vegas. It towers a staggering 700 feet above the Colorado River and represents one of the finest achievements in modern engineering.
Across the border in Arizona lies the Grand Canyon, which is an impressive 277 miles long and almost a mile deep. This national park is a feat of nature and holds a variety of museums and information centers, as well as caves, forests, and grasslands. Hide