Today we are going to talk about one of the greatest cities in the American history. Still pretty young as a city, It inspired many people all over the world and is main starting point for many tours to Hoover Dam.
Las Vegas is located in the southern part of the Mojave Desert in the US, it is the largest city in Nevada. Called “the world capital of entertainment” or “Sin City” Las Vegas has a giant casino-hotels, distinguished by its splendor, creating an atmosphere like in a fairy tale. Casinos often recreate themed landscapes that awakens romance, mystery and resemblance to distant destinations.
For those who have not come here to spend their time in casinos, there are numerous other free things to do. And also the local shopping malls offer almost all designer brands on the planet and the quality of the food in the restaurants is the same.
The name Las Vegas is often used for independent residential communities around the city, especially the resort area around the Las Vegas Strip. The section of Las Vegas 6.8 km long boulevard, called “Strip” is mainly in those communities outside the city limits. More about the Strip and map of the hotels here.
The agglomeration of Las Vegas covers nearly 2 million people. Compared with other cities in the American West, Las Vegas is one of the youngest. It was founded in 1905 and for many years it was just a little village in the middle of the desert.
It served as a resting place along the path of the first settlers and supply base for the mines in the area. At some point time there was a mission of Mormons. However, several cardinal events happened here in 20 years and make Las Vegas what it is now, namely the capital of American gambling industry.
These events are: 1) the construction of Hoover Dam in 1928, which brought thousands of workers in the region; 2) The legalization of gambling in Nevada in 1931, turning Las Vegas into an entertainment center for dam workers; and 3) the construction in 1941 of the luxury resort of El Rancho Vegas, which marked the beginning of the Las Vegas Strip.
Five years later opens the Flamingo hotel, giving the beginning of the construction boom. So for more than 60 years the main occupation of the people in this city are fun, gambling and other related activities. Its resources over the years have grown or evaporated, but it remains the capital of gambling. Today casino-hotels in the city hosts for an extended stay celebrities such as Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Elton John and Celine Dion.