• Las Vegas, Nevada - Do & See

    The guide was updated: 2015-09-23

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Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the border between Arizona and Nevada. Named after President Herbert Hoover and dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt, the Hoover Dam is visited by nearly one million people each year. Hoover Dam is a national historic landmark and the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, more than 725 feet (220 m) above the Colorado River. It has 17 generators that produce 4 billion kilowatts of electricity a year, which makes it one of the country’s largest hydroelectric power facilities.
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Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Street Experience is a highly successful attempt to draw the millions of visitors to Las Vegas back to the downtown area. A domed-canopy 90 feet (27,5 meters) above the street was constructed along five city blocks lined with some of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas. Every evening from sundown to midnight, the canopy becomes a giant screen showing high resolution images accompanied by concert-quality sound. At the top of each hour, visitors pour into the streets, looking skyward in anticipation of one of the six different shows lasting six to nine minutes.
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There is no doubt that the main attraction in Las Vegas is gambling. There is a level of gambling for every visitor, whether experienced or a first-timer. If you are new to gaming, most casinos offer free lessons, usually in the morning hours on table games such as Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette. The new penny slots are probably the most popular with the recreational gambler because of the bonus games within the games. The jackpots are, of course, not nearly as large as dollar slots, but the games are fun and entertaining: there is money to be won.
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Fountains of Bellagio

The Bellagio Fountains, a choreographed dance of water and light set to 29 different operas, country, or pop musical selections, is presented at the quarter-mile lake in front of the Hotel Bellagio. Each show is different and lasts five to 10 minutes, with the water blasted hundreds of feet into the sky. Shows take place every 30 minutes from 3pm to 8pm and every 15 minutes from 8pm to midnight. The best time to see the fountains is at night and to stand on the street side of the lake. Crowds will start to gather about five minutes before each show so get there a little early to get an unobstructed view.
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Secret Garden of Siegfried and Roy and The Dolphin Habitat

Enter the Secret Garden, a tropical sanctuary for some of the most exotic and rare creatures in the world. Siegfried and Roy, famous for their magic shows, are deeply committed to saving these animals from extinction through research and education. In addition to the Royal White tigers, there are spotted leopards, white lions, black panthers, and an Asian elephant. Atlantic Bottlenosed Dolphins live in a 2.5 million gallon water habitat including an artificial coral reef.
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Things to do outside Las Vegas

There are over 100 different tours offered by a variety of tour companies in Las Vegas including sightseeing to the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Lake Mead and the Colorado River, Red Rock and the Valley of Fire and Mt. Charleston. These tours last from 2 to 10 hours, and can be by van, bus, airplane, boat or helicopter. Be sure to book tours from a reputable company, not from someone selling tours on the street. One of the most exciting tours is the Grand Canyon Sunset Tour. Leave by helicopter, making a low-level flight over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead and land at the Grand Canyon for a Champagne picnic at sunset before you return over the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. If you have a car, it is an easy drive from the Las Vegas Strip to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead (51 km/31 miles) Mt. Charleston (64 km/40 miles) Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (24 km/15 miles ) and the Valley of Fire (85 km/53 miles).
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