Welcome to Las Vegas
Welcome to Las Vegas - The City of Luxury and Fun
The name Las Vegas comes from Spanish for "the meadows" and this land was originally the home of the nomadic American Indians.
In 1829 a Mexican trader by the name of Antonio Armijo came across what he called a grassland meadow hence the name Las Vegas for that area.
In 1905 the city of Las Vegas was established and in 1931 casino gambling was legalized.
For years the city struggled as a small town until Bugsy Siegel, the infamous New York mobster, opened his Flamingo Hotel in 1946.
Today Las Vegas is the fastest growing city in the United States, and it is estimated that between 4000 and 8000 people move there each month. Tourism and Gaming are the two major employers.
Most of the hotel casinos are in the city's downtown area, which has been the focal point of the city's gaming industry since its early days.
The city is home to several museums including the Neon Museum home to many of the historical signs from the valley. On the first Friday of each month, the "First Friday" celebration is held, which exhibits the works of local artists and musicians in a section of the city's Downtown region called the "Arts District".
Information and Facts
The gambling and entertainment industry in Las Vegas is mostly focused in the Las Vegas Strip. The Strip is not actually located in city limits, but instead in the surrounding unincorporated communities of Paradise and Winchester. The largest and most notable casinos and buildings are located there.
Town Square offers the best outdoor shopping in the city. It not only has a wide assortment of shopping options, but also a lovely park area that is both kid and pet friendly.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri to Sat – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Las Vegas attractions offer something for everyone. Attractions in Las Vegas include theme parks, roller coasters, museums, national parks and more.
Take the Big Bus tour of Las Vegas, you can choose the Day Tour and visit all the places that interest you, or join the Night Tour to get the best possible view of Las Vegas’s legendary illuminations.
The Night Tour takes you along the whole Strip and through Down Town, so you’ll see all the bright lights of this city that never sleeps.
The Big Bus Sightseeing Tour is a fun way to discover this incredible city; the perfect introduction to Las Vegas and a fun day out for all.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -8 hours
Las Vegas' climate is a subtropical, hot desert climate, typical of the Mojave Desert in which it lies. The city enjoys abundant sunshine year-round: it has an average of about 300 sunny days per year with more than 3,800 hours of sunshine.
Las Vegas provides several public transportation options for visitors.
One is the Las Vegas Monorail. This basic rail system provides service along the portion of Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Strip.
The RTC bus system provides service along the Strip as well as to Downtown and the surrounding areas of Las Vegas.
Finally, several resorts provide regular shuttle service along the Strip, free to all riders. The most extensive is the purple bus that leaves the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino hourly between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., stopping at various other Strip resorts.
There are also several complimentary trams available, mainly on the western side of the Strip.
You will find helpful information on these websites: http://www.lasvegas.com/planning-tools/getting-around-vegas/