Tens of millions of people visit Las Vegas every year, and several of them bring along their fuzzy four-legged creatures for the trip as well.
If Las Vegas was a super star, her 41 million visitors a year would be the paparazzi trying to capture her from every angle. The city looks good all the time, day or night, with its neon lights, curious characters, striking desert backdrop and over-the-top attractions. While many places in Las Vegas work well enough for a good photo, there are few places that rise to the top, practically making it impossible to take a bad picture.
Though the leisure traveler knows about all of the restaurants, attractions, spas and shows in Las Vegas, there is an entirely different population that makes up a large percentage of visitors who descend on the city every year.
In 2014 alone, more than five million people specifically came to Las Vegas to attend a convention, conference or meeting. Some of these are small gatherings requiring only a single small room for a dozen or so people, but many others take up dozens of massive convention halls and include days upon days of one-on-one meetings and sales deals.
Given its moniker of “Sin City,” the very idea that anyone might seek out opportunities for health and wellness in a city of gluttony might seem a bit contradictory. Yet, for every over-sized dessert, headache-induced hangover or regrettable sunburn is a vegetarian meal, fulfilling fitness class or rejuvenating spa treatment.
Las Vegas is hours away from the closest ocean, but fresh seafood is not hard to come by in the city. Chefs are protective of what graces the dinner plates at their restaurants, so it’s actually quite common for something to be caught in the morning, flown in during the day and prepared in the kitchen to be served at dinnertime.
Since 1974, the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada have sponsored UNLVino to showcase Las Vegas’ diverse and talented chefs and culinary scene; in the process, millions of dollars have been raised for scholarships and other academic needs at the university. Even if you aren’t interested in the philanthropic arm of this festival, there’s a reason why UNLVino has become a time-honored tradition in the city.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes the Grand Canyon so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in the Grand Canyon!
Las Vegas is one of those places where you can see it all … literally.
There is no shortage of shows in the City of Sin, but if you want to take Las Vegas’ nickname at face value, check out one of the many 18+ burlesque performances.