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A little background
Started as a small town supplying water to the railroad steam locomotives, Las Vegas took the emergence of the railroad and turned itself into the city we know today. A glittering jewel with all forms of entertainment and nightlife. The legalization of gambling in 1931 and the construction of the Hoover Dam laid a solid foundation for the development of Las Vegas in the 1950s. After World War II, Las Vegas became synonymous with lavish hotels, grand casinos, and big-name entertainment. From a wild party to a relaxing excursion to Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas is a destination with fun for anyone.
Known as the artery of Las Vegas, The Strip loosely refers to the high concentration of lavish hotel-casinos along the small central section of Las Vegas Boulevard. Particularly during the night, the neon wonderland amazes its visitors with some of the greatest sound-and-light shows in the world. If you begin your stroll at the pyramid at Luxor, just across the road you will see the New York-New York hotel & casino and its replica of the New York City skyline of the 1940s. Other must-see spots include the Mirage volcano as it erupts, the Eiffel Tower, and the beautifully choreographed water fountain ballet at Bellagio.
Fremont Street Experience
The history of Fremont Street can be dated back to 1905, even before the existence of The Strip. The first Las Vegas gaming license was issued in 1931 to the Northern Club on Fremont Street. Today, it is the five-block exciting pedestrian promenade located in Downtown Las Vegas, filled with iconic casinos, changing light shows, and free live nightly entertainment. Here you will find yourself in a constant party atmosphere all under the glitter of the 1,500-foot long Viva Vison screen. The latest exciting attraction is the slot machine-inspired zip line designed for thrill seekers. Soaring 77 feet over the tourists below, the zip line sends riders flying high above the casinos on Fremont Street, giving them an aerial view of the entire area.
With close to 40 million annual visitors, Las Vegas is becoming one of the world's greatest culinary capitals. The city is filled with a staggering variety of options when it comes to food. Celebrity chefs debut their latest concepts in their Vegas establishments, raising the culinary bar non-stop. Restaurants constantly offer cutting-edge menus that cater to every taste and indulgence. From fine to casual dining, French cuisine to Brazilian barbecue, Las Vegas has something for every palate.
Named one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century and a National Historic Landmark, Hoover Dam continues to draw visitors even 80 years after its creation. Standing at more than 725 feet above the Colorado River, it is one of the country's largest hydroelectric power facilities. A good spot to enjoy a spectacular view of the dam is the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. The dam also offers a panoramic view of Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the country.
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