“Welcome to Las Vegas” Sign
It is easy to see why the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign is considered among the most popular city attractions. This sign, which had been seen along Las Vegas Boulevard since 1959, comes after Mandalay Bay as well as the Little Church of the West at the southern tip of the Strip. This must-see sign, which is a great spot to take a selfie, was designed by Betty Willis, a late local artist.
Las Vegas became well-known because of the Strip however; the city was able to sustain itself because of Hoover Dam. This engineering wonder was built during the Great Depression when thousands of workers badly needed employment. The dam and the power plant can be seen via several tours at different prices. The dam is not only visually striking but also very functional since it provides power to Arizona, California and Nevada via its arched construction.
Lee Canyon, Mount Charleston
Lee Canyon in Mount Charleston is among the more picturesque places. From Vegas, it takes one hour to reach the ski resort, which offers skiing and snowboarding during winter and hiking during summer. Since it looks scenic, most couples choose to hold their weddings here during spring and summer.
Las Vegas has a long, complicated history when it comes to organized crime and downtown, the Mob Museum is where people will know the story about organized crime’s influence in Sin City as well as across the US. Visitors can try a real Tommy gun on display or listen to real wiretaps. The museum’s centerpiece is the bloodstained wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
The Shark Reef aquarium is found inside the Mandalay Bay beside the convention center and this is where eels, piranhas, stingrays, turtles and 15 pieces of sharks live. Tourists can include this aquarium among the places to visit with their kids and is busiest during summer time. Mandalay Bay guests can get a close look at the aquarium via the program Dive with Sharks by spending a little more.
The Mob Museum depicts the story of Vegas and how it is related to organized crime. On the other hand, the Neon Museum uses neon to tell the story of the city. Beside Cashman Field off the highway of Interstate-15 is a group of businesses and hotels that show Las Vegas’ evolution, from how it began as a stopover on the way to California to being a top tourist destination. There are daily tours but are only limited and sell out fast.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
The Bellagio Conservatory, just like other Vegas’ things, easily attracts crowds. The conservatory, seen from the front desk of the hotel, changes all year round because of the 100 plus gardeners who are responsible for the facility’s beautification and care. Bellagio and its conservatory, garden, fountains fronting the property and glass flowers decorating the lobby make it worthy of including it on a traveler’s list of activities.