“Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire” so the celebratory Las Vegas song goes.
Since it emerged from the Nevada desert just over 100 years ago, Las Vegas has certainly lived up to its reputation of the city of lights and the entertainment capital of the world. But it’s not just the lure of the gaming tables that keeps people coming back for more, there’s plenty to make Vegas a big hit with all ages, from families to partygoers alike.
Las Vegas is an ideal all-year-round destination (the casinos never close), but remember folks, it’s in the desert. So, unless you’re up for the hedonistic summer pool party season, with its accompanying hard-core heat and humidity, spring and autumn are definitely the most temperate times to travel to Sin City.
Whether you’re on a budget or splashing the cash, there’s an abundance of hotels in Las Vegas to suit every pocket. Looking for affordable accommodation? Check out the Stratosphere at the north end of the Strip. Not for the faint-hearted, this futuristic tower is one of the tallest in the U.S. and offers action-packed attractions, as well as awesome views. With its old-school elegance and famous illuminated water fountains, the Bellagio is one of the most iconic hotels in Las Vegas. Thanks to a host of casinos, clubs, restaurants, designer shops, and even a gallery of fine art, you might never want to leave this luxurious mega-hotel.
It’s not all about fast food and fries; Las Vegas has been upping the ante with big name chefs taking centre stage in the city’s dining scene. Gordon Ramsay Steak, located at Paris Las Vegas, is perfect for a (pricey) meat moment, or Mon Ami Gabi, also at this Eiffel Tower themed hotel, is ideal for patio al fresco lunch overlooking the Strip.
Got a sweet tooth? Head to The Cheesecake Factory, found in The Forum Shops adjacent to Caesar’s Palace. With over 40 different ice creams, cheesecakes and speciality desserts, it’s the spot to satisfy your sugar fix.
A Las Vegas Strip tour has got to be on the top of the list. Marvel at the musical fountains outside of the Bellagio, and admire the opulent Venetian hotel, with its flowing canals and gondolas. Take in the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign or better still, hire a limo or jump in a chopper and do the Strip in style. You can’t leave Vegas without taking in a show. From Cirque de Soleil to Calvin Harris, a host of spectacular shows make Vegas unmissable. Pop princess, Britney Spears is the latest star to grace the stage, with a two-year residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Elvis and Priscilla, Angelina and Billy Bob, Britney and some bloke, all got hitched in Vegas-style – and you can too. From the romantic Chapel of the Flowers to a shotgun-style, Elvis-themed wedding at the Viva Las Vegas Chapel, Vegas and weddings go hand-in-hand. Top-class hotels, such as the Trump International and Mandalay Bay also offer first-class weddings, with all the opulence you expect. So forget months of planning, table favours and inviting Great Auntie Ethel; think Vegas and think of the photo opportunities!