Absolutely anything goes in Las Vegas – and almost anything’s possible! Just four hours’ drive from Los Angeles, the legendary ‘Sin City’ of the USA offers the ultimate short break for exciting days. Today, we tell you why – and show you all the very best ‘To-Dos’ in Las Vegas.
Hot, loud and seriously kitsch, the ultimate, extraordinary and exciting – Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to Las Vegas!
Once little more than a dusty railroad station on the desert trade route between New Mexico and Los Angeles, today’s Las Vegas is an oasis of entertainment culture. Las Vegas is the US city where gambling is legal, marriage laws are refreshingly uncomplicated and it’s legal to drink alcohol in public. “What happens in Vegas, stays in Las Vegas” – a saying now used around the world to describe delicate situations, and not without good reason. But the desert city in Nevada is not just a den of iniquity and destination for stag nights. Not any more, anyway. The numerous themed hotels lining the 7-kilometre-long section of Las Vegas Boulevard known as the ‘Strip’ are a temple to entertainment, offering every performance and amusement imaginable, gastronomy, kitsch aplenty and the world’s best casino experiences.
- It’s all about the show!
Entertainment in a league of its own – Las Vegas lives that saying more than any other city on the planet. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and many more have rocked the city’s stages in the past. The names of the stars nowadays are equally renowned, of course, with such greats as Elton John, Lionel Ritchie, Bruno Mars and Rihanna inspiring audiences night in, night out. Magician David Copperfield plays the theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel, while Cirque du Soleil reside at the Bellagio. Whether you’re in the mood for music, artistes, striptease or a magician, the shows are exciting, high-quality and offer something to suit every possible taste. Go to for info and tickets – with reductions and discounts!
- Place your bets!
Casinos and Las Vegas go together like… a horse and carriage. Slot machines, poker, roulette, betting of all kinds and blackjack – in the casinos and temples to gambling throughout the city, absolutely anything goes. If you’re new to all this, you can even take a course in how to gamble – and hopefully beat the bank as a result. Life’s a game of chance, of course, and in Las Vegas you can test that out in 1,000 different ways. There’s aristocratic at the Bellagio, for instance, extravagant at the Aria Resort & Casino, Venetian at the… Venetian, or even Roman at Caesars Palace.
- Mob Museum
You’ll find a deep insight into the decidedly less honourable side of American history at Vegas’s Mob Museum. themobmuseum.org. ‘Mob’ is short for ‘mobster’ – and in America, that only means one thing: the Mafia. The machinations of the likes of Charlie ‘Lucky’ Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Nick Cavella and Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel, founders of the legendary Flamingo in Las Vegas, are presented here using a combination of different media. The museum tells the story of the city, how the casinos were built on the back of dirty money from organised crime, and how difficult it was to get the mafiosi out again once they were in. Definitely worth a visit!
- Freemont Street
Close to the Plaza Hotel Casino is Freemont Street, which offers a vast open-air party for anyone in the shape of the ‘Freemont Street Experience’. ‘Crazy’ only starts to describe the condition of many of the guests who enjoy the open-air concerts, street artists, stalls selling drinks and souvenirs and shows here on (allegedly) the world’s largest television screen every day in amongst the crowds of people. The high point of the Freemont Street action is each Friday evening. And once you’ve had enough of the hustle and bustle, you can withdraw to one of the bars in the Freemont East Bar District, just a few minutes’ walk away, for a cool drink.
- Bellagio Fountains
With its Italianate palazzo architecture, the Bellagio is one of the most exclusive and famous hotels on the Strip. It’s also home to the most photographed tourist attraction in Las Vegas by far – the Bellagio-Fountains. In the artificial lake here, whose surface covers over 30,000 square metres, vast volumes of water are sent flying into the air, accompanied by music and light, with the help of over 1,000 high-powered jets. The show changes constantly, is free of charge, and takes place every day from three in the afternoon until midnight.
- Haute cuisine
The superlatives surrounding the city don’t stop at gaming tables, however – they also extend to dining tables. The list of top chefs working in the restaurants of Las Vegas reads like a Who’s Who? of leading international gastronomy: there’s 3-time Michelin star-winning chef Joel Robouchon at the MGM Grand Hotel, Frenchman Guy Savoy, another favourite of the Guide Michelin, who runs the restaurant at Caesar’s Palace, while Austrian chef Wolfgang Puck, another with stars under his belt, supports a number of different gourmet temples in the city. Bon appétit!
- Helicopter flight above the Strip
A helicopter flight over the sparkling neon lights of the Strip – ideally in the evening or at night – makes an absolutely unforgettable experience. The helicopter tour includes the transfer from the hotel, a glass of Champagne before take-off, and a flight experience lasting around 20 minutes.
- Hoover Dam
If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands and want to get away from the neon hustle and bustle for a while, don’t miss out on a classic day-trip (45 kilometres south of Las Vegas) to the second-highest dam in the US. Around 220 metres in height, the wall of the Hoover Dam dams the Colorado River, with the 150-kilometre-long Lake Mead behind it serving as a recreation area. The mighty dam offers sensational views, and forms the border between the states of Nevada and Arizona. The Hoover Dam is also a border between two different time zones, so you can ‘switch’ time by an hour by moving from one foot to another (in winter, that is).
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