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All About Las Vegas

The gambling capital of the United States, Las Vegas is located in the heart of the desert on the edge of the state of Nevada.

A glittering city of hotels, neon lights and entertainment, some 30 million visitors come here every year to gamble, get hitched or gawk at strippers. The city's ostentatious hotels and casinos have become tourist attractions in their own right.

The Las Vegas Boulevard is the main strip and is crammed with shops, topless bars and wedding chapels. Stroll down the strip and experience the Bellagio's famous fountain show, a gondola ride at the Venetian, a pirate shows at Treasure Island or the Effiel Tower at the Paris Hotel.

Las Vegas' other kitsch attractions include the Bonanza (apparently the world's largest giftshop), the marvellously tacky Liberace Museum and the ultimate Trekkie's dream at Circus Circus - the Star Trek Experience.

Everything in Las Vegas has been taken to the extreme: there are restaurants galore offering all-you-can-eat buffets, Fremont Street is nothing short of a neon extravaganza, stretch limo's grace every street corner, and the world's highest roller coaster rattles along on top of the Stratosphere (1149 ft). If you still haven't had your fill, you could party until the early hours at one of Vegas' chic nightclubs then relax the day away by the pool at the Hard Rock Café.

Other ways to lose your money in Vegas include skydiving, bungy jumping, touring the surrounding desert by helicopter, watching motor racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway or horseback riding through canyons. It's no wonder Las Vegas has been dubbed "America's Playground".

McCarran International Airport is the main gateway to Las Vegas.


All About Nevada - Virtual Travel Guide

When you hear the word “Nevada”, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely bright neon lights, glittering showgirls, and the seemingly endless Las Vegas strip of casinos. While this is the image for which Nevada is most famous, it is not the only thing that the state has to offer to its visitors. Many people are surprised at the vast mountain areas, grasslands, alpine forests, and sandy desert landscapes of the state. Its location in the western part of the United States includes some of the most stunning geography in all of the vast and diverse country.

Any overview of Nevada is almost required to begin with Las Vegas. This glittering city of neon lights, entertainment, casinos and quick wedding ceremonies is the biggest tourist attraction in the state. People flock to Las Vegas to gamble, take in exciting stage shows, and most of all, have fun. It is no wonder, then, that Las Vegas is affectionately known as the party capital of the west. While its main industry is of course gambling, Las Vegas is also a great jumping off point for day trips to Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and other scenic attractions nearby.

Other key tourist destinations in Nevada are the cities of Reno and Lake Tahoe. Reno is sometimes referred to as “Little Vegas” thanks to its plentiful casinos and gambling opportunities. Make no mistake, though, Reno is a unique travel destination that is well worth visiting. Moving on to Lake Tahoe, we find some of the most beautiful resort facilities in the world. Skiers flock to Lake Tahoe in the winter, while boaters and outdoor enthusiasts are just as plentiful in the summer. In and around Lake Tahoe there are many luxury hotels and spas, as well as a large number of comfortable hotels that are quite reasonably priced. Make your reservations in advance, though, if you plan to go during peak summer or winter season, as Lake Tahoe is a very popular place.

Vast expanses of Nevada are desert, which comes with its own unique beauty and environment. Take a tour out into the Great Basin Desert or the Mojave Desert and you will be amazed at how such a dry, desolate land can actually be teeming with life if you know where to look. Visitors should not venture out into the desert on their own, though, because it is place where you need to be familiar with the landscape and experienced in desert travel. It is well worth the effort to hire one of many expert guides who can keep you safe and show you things that you probably would not notice on your own.

Nevada is hot and dry in most areas, and yet there are plenty of outdoor activities that attract visitors from all over the world. Bird watchers come to Nevada to see species that do not live anywhere else, and golfers love Nevada because in more parts of the state golf is a year round sport. Hiking is another excellent outdoor activity in Nevada, right along with mountain biking and camping. There are many State Parks in Nevada where you can take in the natural beauty of the state and learn more about its history and geologic history.

Nevada has three international airports – McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Laughlin/Bullhead City International Airport, and Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Most major carriers serve these airports, with the majority of flights arriving in Las Vegas. Other small regional airlines are available to take you out to smaller or more remote locations


All About Lake Tahoe - Virtual Travel Guide

Lake Tahoe is situated along the border of two western US states, California and Nevada, bordered by the Sierra Nevada to the west and the Carson mountain range to the east. Formed by ancient glaciers, this beautiful lake is famed for its clarity and pure waters. It is the eighth deepest lake in the world and is surrounded by dramatic granite peaks, providing a stunning year round backdrop.

People the world over are drawn to the premier vacation destination of Lake Tahoe for its wonderful winter sports, which include ice skating, sledding and tubing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and snowmobile rides. And don't forget the skiing and snowboarding in the mountains above the lake – there are 18 world class ski and snowboard fields around the lake, with deep powder and long runs. In the summer, choose from golf, sailing, hiking or many other pursuits.

Lake Tahoe is renowned for its pleasant dry climate – low humidity and sunshine for three quarters of the year. At the same time, it gets lots of snow, an average of 125 inches at lake level annually.

Choose from luxury hotels and cabins or go camping in the great outdoors. At night, relax in the Lake's many restaurants or casinos.


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