For the millions of people that visit Las Vegas each year, there is never a dull moment. Families, conventioneers and groups of friends escaping for a weekend of fun find Las Vegas to be their destination of choice.
When Mormon settlers began developing Las Vegas in 1855 they certainly could not have known what the future would hold. Las Vegas, Nevada has turned into one of the premier vacation destinations in the United States and many of the millions who visit each year come back again and again. One may expect to see gambling, showgirls, wedding chapels and Elvis impersonators, but there is so much more to Las Vegas.
Some of the country's most beloved celebrities have been honored at the world famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. From Bill Clinton to J. Lo, this museum on Las Vegas strip has them all available for viewing. For the youngsters and the young at heart, try the Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus. There you can experience rides for young and old, rock climbing and even a virtual reality station.
The Las Vegas casinos themselves are quality tourist attractions. Today's casinos are more than just a playground for the world's high rollers; they have been designed to inspire awe. Visitors to the Stratosphere will travel from the ground floor to the observation decks of the casino resort at 1,149 feet in less than 30 seconds.
The world famous "strip" has dozens of exciting casino resorts from Paris Las Vegas, with its cobblestone paths and authentic Eiffel Tower, to Luxor the giant pyramid that lights up the Las Vegas night sky. Mandalay Bay's 11-acre water park brings the beach to the Nevada Desert and lets visitors get close to some of the ocean's most exotic marine life in the world.
While in Las Vegas visitors can take a short day trip to the Hoover Dam, one of the Nations tallest dams. One can also take a trip to the world famous Grand Canyon on one of the many commercial tours available to this amazing destination. A one hour drive northeast of Las Vegas is the Red Rock Canyon, with its interesting rock formations and petroglyphs.
There are days worth of attractions to see in Las Vegas, or you can just simply pick a resort and relax by the pool or enjoy a day of golf. Either way, you will have fun in Las Vegas and you will definitely want to make a return trip.