No other city engenders such feelings of unbridled escapism as Las Vegas or sin city as it’s known to its many admirers. This is an adult playground where lovers elope, fantasies are enacted and Elvis still lives. So leave your inhibitions at home and enjoy the exhilaration with a Las Vegas vacation.
Las Vegas was established as a railroad town in 1905 and used as a staging point for mines in the surrounding area. The completion of the nearby Hoover Dam sparked interest in the city but it was the state legalization of gambling in 1931 that set the city on its path to what it is today. Interestingly Fremont Street, where the early casinos were located, was the first paved street in the city. The first resort to open on what is now the central strip was the El Rancho Vegas in 1941. Las Vegas, today, is unashamedly bold, brash and provides the perfect backdrop for an unadulterated celebration.
Most visitors spend their time in Vegas inside the casinos, bars and restaurants; therefore the outdoor temperature really becomes immaterial. Despite this, Las Vegas enjoys a subtropical desert climate. In July the temperature rises to around 104 degrees, while in winter the mercury peaks at 55 degrees.
Many Broadway and west end productions are staged in Vegas. The Lion King, the Rat Pack, Jersey Boys and Cirque du Soleil perform to sell out houses. Seeing a show in Vegas is almost as mandatory as having a flutter. In November the city hosts the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and in December the rodeo hits the town with the National Rodeo Finals.