Things to do / Travel Guide
Las Vegas is comprised of two primary venues: Downtown/Fremont Street and the Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard). While casino gambling is the primary activity in both locations, the differences between them are clear.
Downtown Las Vegas is where the city's development began. Nowadays, visitors can enjoy an extravagant venue that competes with the booming Las Vegas Strip. The mega-project is called “The Fremont Street Experience.” The project, completed in September, 1995, cost $63 million to produce. It consists of a giant space frame that rises almost 100 feet into the air and stretches for 1,500 feet along the length of Fremont Street. Set into the surface of the space frame are 1.5 million lights, beautifully combined with theatrical effects such as smoke, fog, and strobe lights to come to life nightly in a multi-sensory show.
Street performers entertain visitors taking in the cuisine at sidewalk cafés or viewing a variety of items on festive pushcarts and kiosks. The Fremont Street Experience is also a center for holiday celebrations, festivals, and live entertainment.
The Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip consists of four miles of Las Vegas Boulevard. Reportedly, the Strip received its name from police officer Guy McAfee, after Los Angeles' Sunset Strip. Many of the largest hotel, casino, and resort properties in the world are located here.
The Las Vegas Strip area currently begins at the Stratosphere Hotel at the northern end and runs all the way to the Mandalay Bay Resort at the southern end, where the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign welcomes visitors who arrive by car. McCarran International Airport is located just a short distance from the Strip.
Besides the large hotels, resorts, and casinos, the Las Vegas Strip is also home to some smaller motels, casinos, and other attractions, like Adventure Dome, M&M World, and the Fashion Show Mall.
The city of Henderson is Nevada's second-largest city, and is a gateway to southern Nevada. Separated by desert and mountains from Boulder City and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Henderson forms the southern edge of one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States and is just a short drive away from Las Vegas.
Lake Mead is just 35 miles away from the Las Vegas Strip. It's an easy drive from the city to Lake Mead, the largest man-made lake in the U.S., with more than 110,000 acres of pure blue surface. Lake Mead was forged when the Hoover Dam staunched the Colorado River. From house-boating to fishing, Lake Mead is the perfect place to just kick back and watch the world float by!
Las Vegas is situated in the Mojave Desert region in Clark County, Nevada, measuring roughly 600 square miles. The Mojave Desert itself spans the length of southwestern Nevada, a portion of southeastern California, and a bit of western Arizona. The Death Valley National Monument, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and, of course, Las Vegas lie within its boundaries. The Mojave Desert is the smallest of the four deserts found in the US, but it's certainly not short on interesting things to see and do.
Places to Visit in Las Vegas, Lake Mead and the Nevada desert
Gondola Rides at the Grand Canal
Spring Mountain National Recreation Area