Thursday, October 20, 2016

Exploring Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the most visited cities in the world. It has come a long way from the mafia days of its past. The transformation of Las Vegas over the years has made it a popular destination not just for people twenty-one years old and up, but also a place where you could take the whole family for a vacation.

The showrooms back in the 1960’s and 70’s were big as headliners like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Elvis Presley rocked the house. They used to perform for weeks and they used to pack the house every night.

Many of the old famous casinos are now gone and imploded to make way for the new and bigger themed hotels and casinos. Although their memories will stay forever through old photographs and stories being told by the old-timers, the new buildings will bring new memories for generations to come.

The Las Vegas Boulevard, most popularly known as the “Las Vegas Strip” has made a big impact in the city’s economy. The constructions of numerous hotels and casinos paved ways to thousands of jobs in the city.

Walking down the Strip feels as if you’re in different parts of the world. Some of the themed hotels and casinos are replicas of famous landmarks and cities here in the US and other countries as well. Some of these replicas are the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Pyramid of Giza, Grand Canal in Venice, New York City, Medieval Castle and others. The interiors of these multi-million dollar properties are as grand and extravagant as the outside.

If you like history, head to “Downtown,” Las Vegas—the area has kept some of the nostalgia of the good old days. Even though some of the hotels were renovated, extended and restored to keep up with the Strip, you can still see the old Vegas somehow. Many old-time locals prefer to hangout down there. They believe that the slot machines in downtown are looser than the ones at the strip.

The main attraction in Downtown is the Fremont Street Experience. It is a laser show with stunning lights and sound effects. The canopy is 90-feet long and the screen is the size of five football fields—about 1,500 feet long. Nearly 17 million people watch the show every year. It is free for everyone to see.

So next time you plan your vacation, keep Las Vegas in mind. It is more than just a gambling city, it’s also where you can experience being in another country without having to use your passport or get on an airplane. Now that’s my kind of vacation.