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Las Vegas

Las Vegas may have started life as gambling city, and gambling is still the city's mainstay to this day, but the city offers far more than just casinos. Visitors will find that it has something for all ages to enjoy and that despite its adult reputation this is actually a fun destination for families with children too.

The move away from just gambling in Las Vegas began when the first 'mega resort' hotel was opened in 1989. Mirage set a precedent for those to come and construction along Las Vegas Boulevard (aka Las Vegas Strip) began in earnest with each new mega resort attempting to better the last one. It wasn't enough to simply build a huge hotel and casino though and the mega resorts became more and more lavish in their designs, incorporating attractions which would attract additional visitors other than simply the guests who were staying there.

Las Vegas developed into what is essentially one big theme park! There aren't many places in the world where you can experience New York, Paris, Venice, Luxor and more all within walking distance of each other!

At New York New York you can gaze at the New York city skyline, or better still, ride a roller coaster through it! The Roller Coaster reaches speeds of up to 67 mph, a height of 203 feet and does a barrel roll through 180 degrees. Paris Las Vegas features an identical scaled down version of the Eiffel Tower, but this isn't just to look at, you can go to the top for some great views of the Strip! At the MGM Grand you can visit the lion habitat, whilst at Mirage you can see rare white tigers. Bellagio attracts guests with the famous Fountains of Bellagio, amazing fountain shows which are played to music and are different every time. The opportunities for fun are endless!

At the downtown end of the Las Vegas Strip is Stratosphere-a hotel and casino with 350 metre (1,149 feet) high tower. In the true tradition of Las Vegas this isn't just a tower though because in addition to the viewing decks at the top there's also three thrill rides which hang out over the edge of the tower!

Visitors can reach Las Vegas by air, flying in to McCarran International Airport from both within the United States and further away. The airport is well located for easy access to the hotels and casinos.
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