In the immortal words of Vince Vaughn, from the movie Swingers: "Vegas, baby, Vegas". Any way you look at it, the hype around Las Vegas is true. If you believe it to be Sin City, you're right. If you believe it to be the Entertainment Capital of the World; if you believe it to be the Wedding Capital of the World; if you believe to be family-oriented, you're right. A holiday resort like Las Vegas, Nevada, offers, beside a huge number of casinos, lodging, hotel rooms, and plenty of vacation rentals: homes, condos, apartments, and villas. What you want to make of this desert oasis, you make it. Giants like Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Elvis, and Howard Hughes bought resort hotels and casinos, then creating the images of Las Vegas as Big Business and Sin City. During the 80s and 90s, with the opening of the Mirage on the Strip and the advent of the "Mega-resort" era, population skyrocketed at a growth rate of 97.6 percent; the same rate as building a city the size of Reno in ten years! All roads led to Las Vegas Boulevard, commonly known as the Strip, and the mega-resorts. City government is changing that image too, making the whole Las Vegas region one of the fastest growing in the US. As of 2006, population is estimated 1,036,180 at residents.
Whether you choose to spend your vacation on the Strip or off the Strip, the variety of attractions will pull you every-which-way. Where to begin depends on where you're at. More than likely, you will want the Strip. Acquainting yourself with it, the Strip is a dense street composed of mega-resorts (running from south to north): Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons, Luxor, Excalibur, Tropicana, New York-New York, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, Planet Hollywood, Bellagio, Paris Las Vegas, Bally's Las Vegas, Bill's Gambling Hall & Saloon, Caesars Palace, Flamingo Las Vegas, Imperial Palace, Mirage, Harrah's, Treasure Island, Venetian, Wynn Las Vegas, Fashion Show Las Vegas, The New Frontier, Riviera, Circus Circus, Sahara, and Stratosphere. Directly off the Strip are Hooters, Hard Rock, Westin Casaurina, and Las Vegas Hilton. More than a few blocks from the Strip are Orleans, Palms, Rio, Gold Coast, and Palace Station. Every resort has a casino and more than one restaurant. Theoretically, you could never leave one resort during your whole vacation and still have the time of your life. But you'd miss out the variety of restaurants, with cuisines from around the world, cooked from famous chefs like Emeril and Wolfgang Puck. You'd miss out on standup comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno, or performers like Celine Dion and Elton John. Your favorite band probably doesn't skip a beat in Las Vegas when it's touring. Shops, like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, and dozens more, line the boulevard, filled with browsing and buying. You'd also miss your date with Lady Luck, because, on the Strip, you don't know where she might take you. While it may not be your first thought, off the Strip is as much an adventure to be sought as the Strip. Downtown is condensed, like the Strip, with dozens of resort hotels, casinos, and restaurants, along with the Fremont Street Experience, a mall lit up by twelve million lights. Nearby are the Cashman Center and its baseball field. Dozens of regular hotels speckle downtown. Boulder Strip has a few resort hotels and casinos and the Sam Boyd Stadium. The greater Las Vegas area will compel your consideration and pique your interest in renting property. The reason for lodging in one of the many vacation rentals like homes, apartments or condos, though not obvious, will be immediate once you see outside the realms of the Strip. The attractions are evident. One stop has many vehicles to get there. Fly in a helicopter, kayak, boat, raft, take a walking tour to the Hoover Dam. Lake Mead Recreation Area is like a sea in a desert. Jet ski, water ski, fish, boat, sunbathe, swim to cool off in those summer days when the dry heat gets to you. Unique, Lake Mead Recreation Area crosses three of the four desert ecosystems in the US: Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran Deserts. Some of the flora and fauna can be found nowhere else in the world. Valley of Fire State Park, so named because of the deep red sandstone found within it, is a vast exploration of geology, prehistory, and ecology. Camp, hike, and picnic in this rugged, Mars-like terrain. Ski in Las Vegas (!) on Mt. Charleston Recreation Area. Its highest peak is 11,900 ft. Pinion pine and juniper grow on its lower foothills. In its wilderness, you may see roaming Rocky Mountain Elk, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, and others curious creatures. Hike, camp, and view the glitter of Las Vegas. Fifteen miles from Las Vegas, Nevada, is a 197,000 acre terrain, called Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Visit in your car, taking a thirteen mile scenic loop, or hike on over thirty miles of trails. Climbing, horseback riding, cycling are among the fun activities you'll find in this geological work of art. Spend a couple of hours in the cactus garden. From the canyons, to the mountains, dam, and lakes, learn more about the land on which sculpted Las Vegas. In essence, Las Vegas, Nevada, is a geological, ecological, urban developmental diadem, growing wealthier and more popular by the minute. While most come to beat the house, win the dreams made possible, and flirt with the sins of the city, more and more are coming for entertainment, fun, and comfortable lodging in vacation rentals such as apartments, homes and condos. Don't gamble. No problem. With countless restaurants, spas, comedic stand-ups, famous artists, favorite bands, museums, art galleries, recreational parks, golf courses, shops, weddings, daily events and happenings, fireworks, dazzling architecture and buildings that never sleep, around every corner, you may never step into a casino and still feel the overwhelming excitement only Las Vegas, Nevada, can give. Stay in one of the comfortable vacation rentals (homes, apartments or condos) and spend a vacation in Las Vegas, Nevada. You never know where the days and nights will lead you.