(Las Vegas, Nevada) – The world’s gambling mecca, Las Vegas, is just over 100 years old isn’t shocking considering it’s in a country barely twice the city’s age. It is with awe and wonderment; however, at the transformation and modernization Las Vegas has undergone in the short amount of time it has been in existence. Hard to believe, but at one time, Las Vegas wasn’t much more than a watering stop for travelers on their way to Los Angeles.
Even harder to believe is that for a period of time, gambling wasn’t allowed! Much has changed in a city once infused with an aura of gambling, mobsters, and the quickie divorce that led to a nickname of Sin City. Investors like Steve Wynn have surpassed the early casino owners such as Bugsy Siegel with visions of splendor that rival the Taj Mahal. Families, newlyweds, and “girls’ night out” groups, can enjoy and revel in the opulence of a city continually upgrading its physical presence; therefore, its reputation and attraction.
Something for Everyone
Although not technically within the city limits, the area known as “The Strip” is often included when people refer to the city of Las Vegas. The Strip underwent major redesign with new construction and renovation of older buildings. Upgrading has continued resulting in plenty for families to enjoy. Some of the attractions families can look forward to include the world’s largest car collection, the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, a replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, a visit the Mirage where the Siegfried and Roy Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is housed, and what is billed as the greatest free show in the City, The Fountains at Bellagio. For those who crave action, nothing beats a day at Vegas Indoor Skydiving. Feasible day trips from the city aren’t limited to Hoover Dam, although that is one trip not to be missed. Red Rock Canyon and Zion National Park offer additional opportunities for families to get out and enjoy outdoor activities.
Fit for a Honeymoon
Watch an old movie or television series and you are likely to hear couples claim they are headed to Nevada for a quickie divorce. The six week residency requirement did, in fact, foster migration to the state; however, with over 1500 wedding chapels in Las Vegas, nuptial bliss may overshadow Nevada’s divorce status with over 300 weddings celebrated per day! Newlyweds aren’t ostracized from Vegas action like those were who were seeking divorce. Honeymoon suites and special marriage packages are offered by almost all the reformed hotel/casino resorts.
Las Vegas lost its shadowy reputation of vice and mob financing in the last decades of the 20th century. Corporate entrepreneurs swept in as the major investors in a city known for decadence, opulence, and questionable morals. Revived with major a major overhaul by visionaries determined to uphold it mystique, The City has been transformed to a vacation destination for all.