Covering 295 square kilometers, Las Vegas is the biggest city in Nevada, in the United States. It’s located in an arid desert with a very hot climate in the summer and very cold and windy in the winter.
Every year close to 40 million tourists visit “The City that Entertains”to visit all types of casinos, exclusive luxury hotels, and top level international shows. Those visiting Las Vegas or thinking to go soon should really consider renting a car be able to fully take advantage of all the fun “Sin City”has to offer.
If you’re looking for shows, Las Vegas brings you the best in the world. Companies like Cirque de Soleil have a very strong presence in the city with great works like Mystere, or Michael Jackson One or Zumanity. You’ll also find magicians and incredible illusionists such as David Copperfield or Criss Angel. Or concerts with grand artists such as Céline Dion, Rod Stewart, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars or Britney Spears. And amazing comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Tim Allen and Roseanne Barr.
The hotels of Las Vegas are the epicenter of the best shows and casinos but they are also attractions in and of themselves being the biggest, most original and magnificent in the world. Caesar’s Palace www.caesars.com, replicates a Roman Temple; The Excalibur
Hotel and Casino Excalibur, a medieval castle; The Stratosphere, that looks like a control tower with a runway and 2 roller coasters; The MGM with all the glamour of Hollywood; The Mirage http://www.mirage.com, mimicking Polynesia; The Luxor shaped like a pyramid in all the splendor and magic of ancient Egypt; The Circus Circus that sprung to fame because of James Bond; and Mandalay Bay, famous for its pools with tides and waves and its boxing matches.
In addition to paid shows, hotels offer many free shows. One of the best is The Fountains at the Bellaggio where a gorgeous lake shoots 1200 jets of water 150 meters into the air while songs by Sinatra and other great artists accompany the watershow. In the Mirage Hotel there’s a volcano eruption, and on Treasure Island mermaids and pirates sing and dance.
After playing some tokens in the casino, nothing is more intense than getting in your rental car and driving around the exciting discos and night clubs of Las Vegas to hear the best DJs of electronic music like Calvin Harris, Tiesto, or Skrillex.
For those wanting to connect with nature, a visit to the Grand Canyon could be an unforgettable experience. The Grand Canyon National Park is located 2 hours from the city and was one of the first national parks established in the United States. Visitors should not miss the Skywalk, a glass platform more than 1,300 yards above the canyon floor that will surely take your breath away.
Those traveling from Los Angeles, should reserve a rental car with GPS and a full tank of gas and make a road-trip to Las Vegas through the Mojave Desert. It’s about 4 hours along Interstate 15, passing through the Valley of Death National Park. Before starting the trip you should fill the tank and make sure the air conditioning is working well, since the temperatures in the desert are very high.