Las Vegas - The Entertainment Capital
In my opinion, the Las Vegas area is one of the nicest places in the Western US and falling in love with Las Vegas is easy to do. This town is "The Entertainment Capital of the World" the city welcomes 37.5 million people a year. Visitors love to enjoy dazzling shows, five star hotels, first rate nightclubs, unique shopping experiences, world class gaming, and plenty of Las Vegas coupons.
There is a lot to see and do besides gambling: You can rent a car and visit the desert sights, such as Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire. A drive from Vegas to Valley of Fire is about 1 hour and you can return via Hoover Dam. This makes for a nice 1/2 to 1 day trip, depending on how long you want to spend in the Valley or at the Dam. There's Lake Mead, with boat rentals, picnic areas, etc. They also offer raft trips down the Colorado River. Mt. Charleston offers cooler weather, horseback riding, picnic areas, camping, etc. As far as shopping, there are three discount outlet malls in Vegas plus several shopping malls. The Fashion Place Mall is huge, and is on the strip as well as the shopping at Caesars Palace and the huge shopping at Aladdin's mall. Las Vegas has excellent restaurants, golf, hot air balloon rides and other outdoor activities. And if you're into theme parks, some great rides are available right on the Strip. If you want to stay at hotels with limited gambling, try Lake Las Vegas... just 20 minutes from the Strip but worlds apart.
There is also a lot of cheap entertainment. Look in the local newspaper ads for two for one coupons and also go to the promotion desks at the hotels, ask if they are giving any comp tickets. Rio does all the time! Have a great time!
About the Author: Eric is owner of http://www.whynotvegas.com and several web sites. Eric is a frequent visitor to Las Vegas.