Las Vegas, Nevada
Welcome to Las Vegas! Not only is this great city known as the Entertainment Capital of the World - it is also home to about 600,000 residents as of the 2013 United States Census Estimates, with a metropolitan area population of over 2 million.
- Las Vegas and its surrounding areas are right in the middle of the beautiful, surprisingly colorful Mojave Desert.
- From zip lines and car racing to the Bellagio's world-famous fountains and the Mandalay Bay Beach, experiencing all of Las Vegas' attractions is like riding a roller coaster
- Schedule a tour to see the engineering wonder that is Hoover Dam. Pictures don't do this man-made wonder justice.
- Golf, tennis, hiking, biking, extreme sports, boating, water skiing, snowboarding, sightseeing... the list of recreational activities around Las Vegas is as long as you want to make it.
- If hiking Las Vegas is how you prefer to see the sights, head out to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Climb across stunning red rock formations and keep an eye out for desert tortoises and burros.
Las Vegas history from Wikipedia:
Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known as simply Vegas, is the most populous city in the state of Nevada, the county seat of Clark County, and the city proper of the Las Vegas Valley. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife and is the leading financial and cultural center for Southern Nevada. A growing retirement and family city, Las Vegas is the 30th-most populous city in the United States. The city is one of the top three leading destinations in the United States for conventions, business, and meetings and is one of the wealthiest major cities in the country. In addition, the city's metropolitan area has more AAA Five Diamond hotels than any other city in the world, and is a global leader in the hospitality industry.
Today, Las Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Established in 1905, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city in 1911. At the close of the 20th century, Las Vegas was the most populous American city founded in that century (a similar distinction retained by Chicago in the 19th century). Las Vegas is generally used to describe not just the city itself, but areas beyond the city limits—especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip—and the Las Vegas Valley. The 4.2 mi (6.8 km) stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Las Vegas Strip is in the unincorporated communities of Paradise, Winchester, and Enterprise, located in Clark County.