Here is the Part 4 of my recent roadtrip to America - this blog post is titled VIVA LAS VEGAS.
Las Vegas and New York City are two American cities that perfectly reflect the country’s effervescent and vivacious spirit. I was lucky to have a chance to get acquainted with one of the world’s two most frequented destinations - and that's Las Vegas!!
Las Vegas, commonly known as a Sin City – the mere mention of the name conjures up images of glittering casinos, gigantic hotels and dancing girls. A pure entertainment plaza of Las Vegas is all one needs to experience when boredom and monotony creeps up in the life.
When one talks about Las Vegas, the mention of gambling would not be far enough. Indeed, the place features some of the world’s finest casinos that act as catalysts for constant thrill, chaos, cries of pleasure and sighs of loss. The city is also famous for its innovation in design of Hotels and Restaurants and is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
One of the first things you will notice if you are entering the Las Vegas Strip from the south side is the ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign. The sign marks the start of the Las Vegas strip and is known as a real landmark in the America.
A wild night at the trendy strip inside a ritzy casino and one might just not come back the same he went in...Holidays to Las Vegas are like holidays to destiny land! The place really has the power and potential to change lives!
This Nevada city also offers some of the best attractions in America amid the beautiful Nevada desert landscape. With its brightly colored lights and huge buildings you are sure to spot the location miles off. I must say that visiting Las Vegas will bring you up close and personal with all the pleasurable amenities this entertainment capital provides.
The city of Las Vegas has an abundance of luxury hotels, such as the Bellagio, the Venetian and the Mirage. At the two billion dollar built Venetian Hotel and Casino, modelled on Venice with its replica of St Marks Square and Canals that run throughout the property complete with gondola travel. You can also enjoy the in-suite dining and catch comedy shows and musicals.
There’s always something to do in Las Vegas: shopping, gambling, shows and the list goes on.
The city is also famous for its shopping. The Forum Shops is about 640,000 sqft luxury shopping mall connected to Caesars Palace hotel and casino. The mall contains more than 160 high-end shops as well as 11 restaurants and is one of the most successful shopping malls in the US.
It is also known as a major sighting point for American celebrities. There are also opportunities for shopping at The Crystals retail district which features many fashionable retailers.
This has been previously voted as the top luxury hotel in the US. The Vegas experience is most prolific here, and the hotel has been praised for offering it at its highest value. The Entertainment and nightlife is also a very popular feature at this hotel.
Hoover Dam is named as one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century and it continues to draw crowds more than 70 years after its creation. The Dam is about an hour car ride from Las Vegas, unless you are a high-roller and flying there, the 380m long Hoover Dam holds back the waters of Lake Mead and is one of worlds most famous Dams. Visitors have access to drive to this bridge and see the dam from a high vantage point.
Two tours of the dam are available and well worth the time and money spent. The Hoover Dam Power Plant Tour is priced at USD11 per person. It is broken up into several components at numerous locations. The unique tour format allows guests to pick and choose which locations they want to see and the complete tour generally lasts about two hours.
Another interesting stop on the tour is an observation deck set above the dam affording panoramic views of the Colorado River and Lake Mead. The location also provides a bird's-eye view of the Hoover Dam facility, including an unobstructed look at the dam's mechanical components.
The tour continues with an unprecedented look inside the dam, entering through the inspection tunnels. Visitors will be able to see inspection markings written on the walls from decades past and then peek out of the vents down onto the river below. After the inspection tunnels, guests will get to go deeper into the dam and see the seepage gallery and a set of antique stairs. This is the ultimate tour for those interested in the Hoover Dam.
The view from the dam also offers a breathtaking look at Lake Mead, the country's largest man-made reservoir. It has become a popular recreation area, sought out by more than 9 million visitors each year.
Nightlife in Vegas is the best in the world, bar none. It is only when you experience it that you realise why the phrase “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” was coined. It is worth pointing out that money really talks here and if you really want to go all out, you’ll need it in volumes with admission for some of the nightclubs at USD50 and a Vodka & Mixer costing upwards of USD15. A Las Vegas show will cost you no less, often more, in admission and have similar prices if they are serving alcohol.
Anytime is a great time to holiday in Las Vegas, which is nestled in a desert and bathed in sunshine all year round. Summers can be very hot, but all indoors facilities are air-conditioned. Las Vegas is not just about the glamor and the glitz. The city offers some of the most amazing scenery, quiet views of awesome and tremendous sights in Nevada, which will make your Las Vegas holiday an extraordinary experience that will leave you wanting more.....
There is really no better to seize the summer than with a holiday of thrills in Las Vegas! As i always say, life is short, Summer is even shorter. Just do whatever you love and have fun! Live your life :-)
A Roadtrip to America - Part 5 - To be continued....
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