Vegas, the Handbook

          Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, fine dining, and nightlife and is the leading financial and cultural center for Southern Nevada. The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous for its consolidated casino–hotels and associated entertainment. A growing retirement and family city, Las Vegas is the 31st-most populous city in the United States, with a population at the 2010 census of 583,756. The 2010 population of the Las Vegas metropolitan area was 1,951,269. The city is one of the top three leading destinations in the United States for conventions, business, and meetings. Today, Las Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Established in 1905, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city in 1911. At the close of the 20th century, Las Vegas was the most populous American city founded in that century (a distinction held by Chicago in the 19th century). The city's tolerance for various forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City, and this image has made Las Vegas a popular setting for films and television programs.


          The Las Vegas Strip is an approximately 4.2-mile (6.8 km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South in Clark County, Nevada. The Strip is not located within the City of Las Vegas but is in the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester, which are south of the Las Vegas city limits. Most of the Strip has been designated an All-American Road, and is considered a scenic route at night. Many of the largest hotel, casino, and resort properties in the world are located on the Las Vegas Strip. Fifteen of the world's 25 largest hotels by room count are on the Strip, with a total of over 62,000 rooms. One of the most visible aspects of Las Vegas' cityscape is its use of dramatic architecture. The modernization of hotels, casinos, restaurants, and residential high-rises on the Strip has established the city as one of the most popular destinations for tourists.



City of Las Vegas   --     583,756


City of Henderson   --     257,729


City of N. Las Vegas --     216,961


Boulder City         --     15,023


Clark County         --   1,951,269


Nevada               --   2,700,551      


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010  




In 2010, 37.3 million people visited Las Vegas. More than 4.4 million of those were convention delegates attending more than 18,000 conventions. In 2010 there were 148,935 hotel/motel rooms available.        

Source: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Research


On Oct. 31, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Nevada's admission to the Union as the 36th state.

Capital -- Carson City.

State colors -- Silver and blue.

State song -- "Home" Means Nevada.

State tree -- Single-leaf Pinon.

State bird -- Mountain Bluebird.

State animal -- Desert Bighorn Sheep.

State grass -- Indian Ricegrass.

State fish -- Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.

State fossil -- Ichthyosaur, a prehistoric marine reptile.

State metal -- Silver.

State nicknames -- Silver State, Sagebrush State, Battle-Born State.

State flower -- Sagebrush.


Prehistoric Southern Nevada was a virtual marsh of abundant water and vegetation.

As eons passed, the marsh receded. Rivers disappeared beneath the surface. The once teeming wetlands evolved into a parched, arid landscape that supported only the hardiest of plants and animals. Water trapped underground in the complicated geologic formations of the Las Vegas Valley sporadically surfaced to nourish luxuriant plants, creating an oasis in the desert as the life- giving water flowed to the Colorado River.

Construction workers in 1993 discovered the remains of a Columbian mammoth that roamed the area during prehistoric times. Paleontologists estimate the bones to be 8,000 to 15,000 years old. Hidden for centuries from all but native Americans, the Las Vegas Valley oasis was protected from discovery by the surrounding harsh and unforgiving Mojave Desert.

Mexican trader Antonio Armijo, leading a 60-man party along the Spanish Trail to Los Angeles in 1829, veered from the accepted route.

While Armijo's caravan was camped Christmas Day about 100 miles northeast of present day Las Vegas, a scouting party rode west in search of water. An experienced young scout, Rafael Rivera, left the main party and ventured into the unexplored desert. Within two weeks, he discovered Las Vegas Springs.


Oasis Discovered


The exact date is unknown, but Rafael Rivera became the first known non-Indian to set foot in the oasis-like Las Vegas Valley.


The abundant artesian spring water discovered at Las Vegas shortened the Spanish Trail to Los Angeles, eased rigors for Spanish traders and hastened the rush west for California gold. Between 1830 and 1848, the name "Vegas," as shown on maps of that day, was changed to Las Vegas which means "The Meadows" in Spanish.


Some 14 years after Rivera's discovery, John C. Fremont led an overland expedition west and camped at Las Vegas Springs on May 13, 1844.


His name is remembered today in neon as well as museums and history books. The Fremont Hotel-Casino in Downtown Las Vegas bears his name as does Fremont Street -- the main thoroughfare through the heart of casino-lined Glitter Gulch.


Mormon Influence


Mormon settlers from Salt Lake City traveled to Las Vegas to protect the Los Angeles-Salt Lake City mail route and in 1855 began building a 150-square-foot fort of sun-dried bricks made of clay soil and grass, a substance known as adobe.


The Mormons planted fruit trees, cultivated vegetables and mined lead for bullets at Potosi Mountain. Mormon pioneers abandoned the settlement in 1858, partly because of Indian raids. A portion of the "Mormon Fort" has withstood the ravages of time and is an historic site today near the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard North and Washington Avenue. Scientists began an archeological dig on the site in November 1992.


Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) currently make up about 12 percent of the Southern Nevada population and in December 1989 dedicated a Mormon Temple in Las Vegas. The temple spires are visible in the foothills of Sunrise Mountain to the east of the city.



Railroads Tycoons Start Boom

By 1890 railroad developers had determined the water-rich Las Vegas Valley would be a prime location for a stop facility and town. More than a quarter century earlier, Nevada, known as the Battle Born State, had been admitted to the Union in 1864 during the Civil War.


Work on the first railroad grade into Las Vegas began the summer of 1904. The tent town called Las Vegas sprouted saloons, stores and boarding houses.


Rails were connected with the eastern segment of track in October 1904. The San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, later absorbed by its parent the Union Pacific, made its inaugural run from California to points east on Jan. 20, 1905.


The railroad yards were located at the birthplace of a partially paved, dusty Fremont Street. Jackie Gaughan's Plaza Hotel, located at Main and Fremont streets in Downtown Las Vegas, today stands on the site of the original Union Pacific Railroad depot. Freight and passenger trains still use the depot site at the hotel as a terminal -- the only railroad station in the world located inside a hotel-casino.


Advent of the railroad led to the founding of Las Vegas on May 15, 1905. The SanPedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, owned by Montana Senator Williams Andrews Clark, auctioned off 1,200 lots in a single day in an area which today is casino-lined Glitter Gulch.


Nevada Gambling Glitch

Nevada was the first state to legalize casino-style gambling, but not before it reluctantly was the last western state to outlaw gaming in the first decade of the 20th Century.


At midnight, Oct. 1, 1910, a strict anti-gambling law became effective in Nevada. It even forbid the western custom of flipping a coin for the price of a drink.


The Nevada State Journal newspaper in Reno reported: "Stilled forever is the click of the roulette wheel, the rattle of dice and the swish of cards."


"Forever" lasted less than three weeks in Las Vegas.


Gamblers quickly set up underground games where patrons who knew the proper password again jousted day and night with Lady Luck. Illegal but accepted gambling flourished until 1931 when the Nevada Legislature approved a legalized gambling bill authored by Phil Tobin, a Northern Nevada rancher. Tobin had never visited Las Vegas and had no interest in gambling.


He said the legalized gambling legislation was designed to raise needed taxes for public schools. Today, more than 43 percent of the state general fund is fed by gambling tax revenue and more than 34 percent of the state's general fund is pumped into public education.


Legalized gambling returned to Nevada during the Great Depression. It legitimized a small but lucrative industry. That same year construction started on the Hoover Dam Project which, at its peak, employed 5,128 people.


The young town of Las Vegas virtually was insulated from economic hardships that wracked most Americans in the 1930s. Jobs and money were prevalent because of Union Pacific Railroad development, legal gambling and construction of Hoover Dam 34 miles away in Black Canyon on the Colorado River.


World War II stalled major resort growth in Las Vegas. But the seeds for future expansion had been planted in 1941 when hotelman Tommy Hull built the El Rancho Vegas Hotel-Casino on what is now vacant land opposite the current Sahara Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.


During World War II, nearby Nellis Air Force Base grew into a key military installation. Originally built to train B-29 gunners, it later became the training ground for the nation's ace fighter pilots. Many key military personnel assigned to Nellis during World War II later returned as civilians to take up permanent residency in Las Vegas. Today thousands of people are connected to Nellis in the form of active duty personnel, civilian employees, military dependents and military retirees.


World-Famous Strip Starts

The success of the El Rancho Vegas triggered a small building boom in the late 1940s including construction of several hotel- casinos fronting on a two-lane highway leading into Las Vegas from Los Angeles. The stretch of road evolved into today's Las Vegas Strip. Early hotels included the Last Frontier, Thunderbird (Still standing as the Arubu Hotel & Spa) and Club Bingo.


The El Rancho Vegas was razed by fire on June 17, 1960. As time passed, many other first-generation Strip resorts lost their identity through absorption by new owners, demolition, extensive renovation and name changes.


By far the most celebrated of the early resorts was the Flamingo Hotel, built by mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, a member of the Meyer Lansky crime organization.


The Flamingo with a giant pink neon sign and replicas of pink flamingos on the lawn, opened on New Year's Eve 1946. Six months later, Siegel was murdered by an unknown gunman who fired a shotgun blast as Siegel sat in the living room of the Beverly Hills, Calif., home of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill.


Siegel's life was the subject of a 1992 movie entitled "Bugsy." Although the historic accuracy of the movie is questionable, the movie prompted the Flamingo to open the "Bugsy Celebrity Theater" in November 1992. The Flamingo, after numerous ownership changes, is now owned and operated by the Hilton Hotel Group. Its proper name is the Flamingo Hilton.


While the El Rancho Vegas and other 1940s resorts followed a western ranch-styled theme, the Flamingo was what Siegel called a "carpet joint." It was modeled after resort hotels in Miami. Only the Flamingo Hotel name has survived the 1940s era of Las Vegas Strip development. The final end of the Flamingo as Bugsy knew it was announced early in 1993 when Hilton Corp. revealed plans to construct a $104 million tower addition at the Strip resort -- the last of a six tower master plan. The addition opened in the spring of 1995.


Architectural plans included razing the outmoded, motel-style buildings at the rear of the property, dooming the fortress-like "Bugsy Suite" and bullet proof office used by the gangster before his death in 1946. In December 1993, the last remnants of Bugsy Siegel and his residence were destroyed when the hotel bulldozed the Oregon Building that held the suite in which the gangster once lived.


Building Boom Sweeps Las Vegas


Resort building continued to accelerate in Las Vegas in the 1950s. Wilbur Clark, once a hotel bellman in San Diego, Calif., opened the Desert Inn in 1950. Two years later, Milton Prell opened the Sahara Hotel on the site of the old Club Bingo. The Sands Hotel opened that same year, 1952. Those hotel names have survived but the properties have undergone numerous ownership changes.


In 1955, the Riviera Hotel became the first Strip highrise in at nine stories. Previously, Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn had offered guests the highest unobstructed panoramic view of the Las Vegas Valley from the resort's third-floor Skyroom, a cocktail and dancing haunt of visitors, residents and celebrities.


Other resorts that opened during the building boom begun in the 1950s included the Royal Nevada, Dunes, Hacienda, Tropicana and Stardust hotels on the Strip and the Downtown Fremont Hotel-Casino. The Royal Nevada later was absorbed into the adjoining Stardust Hotel property.


In another part of the city, the Moulin Rouge Hotel-Casino opened in 1955 at a time when blacks were not welcomed guests at Strip casinos and black entertainers were required to live off- premise while entertaining Strip audiences. The Moulin Rouge, frequented by all races, was built to accommodate the growing black population.


Joe Louis, the late heavyweight champion of the world, was a Moulin Rouge owner-host. The Moulin Rouge has had a stormy past, closing and re-opening many times over the years. As times and attitudes changed, Louis became a much loved casino host at Caesars Palace on the Strip. The Moulin Rouge was declared a national historic site in 1992 when plans for its revival were announced.


City and county community leaders also realized in the 1950s the need for a Las Vegas convention facility. The initial goal was to fill hotel rooms with conventioneers during slack tourist months.


A site was chosen one block east of the Las Vegas Strip and a 6,300-seat, silver-domed rotunda with an adjoining 90,000-square- foot exhibit hall opened in April 1959 on the site of the current Las Vegas Convention Center.


The silver dome was demolished in 1990 to make room for convention center expansion to a 1.6-million-square-foot facility of which 1.3 million square feet is exhibit space. It is currently one of the largest single-level facilities in the world.


The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, supported mainly by room tax revenues, today is a major player in attracting more than 28.2 million visitors to Las Vegas in 1994, including more than 2 million convention delegates.


Entertainment is Las Vegas


Entertainment, along with gambling, built Las Vegas' reputation as a playland getaway of the world. People began to flock to the city not just to gamble, but also for the fantastic entertainment that Las Vegas shows provided.


When the El Rancho Vegas was the only resort on the Las Vegas Strip in 1941, singers, comedians, strippers, instrumentalists, dancers and a wide variety of performers were booked to entertain hotel guests in the resort's small, intimate showroom.


The hotel-casinos that followed copied the successful star format for a number of years.


The Stardust was the first hotel to break with the star policy by debuting a stage spectacular as its main entertainment feature. The resort imported the Lido de Paris from France. It was acclaimed by critics as a more spectacular version than the Paris original.


The Lido had a 31-year run at the Stardust Hotel. It was replaced in 1991 with a new spectacular entitled Enter The Night.


The success of Lido encouraged other resorts to adopt a production show policy.


The Dunes, which disappeared from the skyline in a fiery, dusty staged implosion in 1993, engaged Minsky's Follies in 1957, the first time that topless showgirls debuted on the Las Vegas Strip.


The Tropicana Hotel bought the American rights to the spectacular Folies Bergere. It remains a showroom favorite to this day. Backstage tours are a hot Las Vegas attraction.


During the 50s and 60s, casino lounges also provided continuous entertainment from dusk to dawn at no charge to the customer except the cost of a drink. These lounges, which became major entertainment attractions in their own right, spawned the names of Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett, Shecky Greene, Alan King, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, the Mary Kaye Trio and many others.


No Holds Barred


In the initial years of the Las Vegas Strip, "no" was a big word -- no cover, no minimum, no state speed limit, no sales tax, no waiting period for marriages, no state income tax and no regulation of gambling as it is known today. In modern times about the only "no's" remaining are no state income tax and no waiting period to obtain a marriage license. No cover charge is still the rule in some casino lounges.


The state legislature has imposed sales taxes and strict gambling regulation laws. The federal government has forced Nevada, as well as other states, to adopt highway speed limits.


Nevada gambling styles, games and machines evolved to keep pace with more sophisticated, affluent players. Baccarat, known in France as chemin de fer, appeared in high-roller Strip casinos. Keno writers no longer used black indelible ink brushes to mark tickets. Mechanical slot machines, once affectionately termed "one- armed bandits," became antique collector items in the age of electronic gaming.


Blackjack dealers no longer dealt single decks but switched to "shoes" that held multiple decks. Silver dollars, once the coin of the realm in Nevada, disappeared and were replaced in casinos with silver-dollar-size tokens.


In the 60s, multiple coin slot machines debuted. Mechanical penny and nickel slot machines that took one coin at a time evolved into the popular computerized dollar slot machines capable of accepting multiple tokens simultaneously. High-roller slot players today can find machines that accept $500 tokens. The size of jackpots grew from a few hundred dollars to $10 million dollar progressive jackpots paid on a computerized statewide network of slot machines.


In the 70s, video machines that substituted television screens for reels, were introduced. Computerized slot machines now feature poker, keno, blackjack, bingo and craps.


Some slot machines accept credit-card style gambling. Casinos continue their evolution toward high-tech wagering with every applicable breakthrough in modern technology.



Dawn of Megaresorts

In 1976, when casino-style gaming was legalized in Atlantic City, N.J., it became apparent to Las Vegas casino owners that Nevada no longer could claim exclusive rights to gambling casinos. It perhaps hastened the beginning of another era for the Strip -- the megaresort.


Hotel-casinos began the race to become full-blown destination resorts for travelers, vacationers, gamblers, conventioneers and all members of the family.


Circus Circus Enterprises Inc., in October 1968 already had opened a circus-tent-shaped casino complete with midway games and rides for youngsters. A hotel was added in 1972. Owners of the resort have developed a $90 million water theme park called Grand Slam Canyon on five acres adjoining the Circus Circus Hotel-Casino.


The entertainment park, a takeoff on the Grand Canyon, includes 140-foot mountains, a 90-foot Havasupai Falls, and a coursing river where the adventuresome can assault river rapids, plunge over a 50-foot waterfall, fly through the canyon and caverns in a double-loop, cork-screw roller coaster or lounge on beach- rimmed, lagoon-like pools.


Grand Slam Canyon, which opened Aug. 23, 1993, is climate- controlled and enclosed by a vented pink space-frame dome.


The 3,049-room Mirage Hotel-Casino opened in the fall of 1989 at a construction cost of $630 million. It features a white tiger habitat, a dolphin pool, an elaborate swimming pool and waterfall and a man-made volcano that belches fire and water.


Mirage owner Steve Wynn, who also owns the Golden Nugget Hotel-Casino in Downtown Las Vegas, constructed the 2,900-room Treasure Island adjacent to The Mirage at a cost of $430 million. The hotel features Buccaneer Bay where a full scale pirate ship and British frigate engage in a battle of cannon fire. In the end, the pirates blast the British and the frigate slowly sinks beneath the churning waves.


With Treasure Island, which opened Oct. 27, 1993, and the Mirage side by side on the Las Vegas Strip, Wynn has nearly 6,000 rooms on a 100-acre site.


Additionally, Wynn purchased the 164-acre Dunes Hotel and Country Club on the Las Vegas Strip for $75 million in 1992. He spent $1 million renovating the country club on the golf course. In October 1993, the flamboyant casino owner staged a $1.5 million spectacular in which the north tower of the Dunes Hotel was imploded and the famous Dunes Hotel sign destroyed amid a shower of fireworks never before equaled west of the Mississippi.


More than 200,000 people crowded onto the Strip to witness the spectacular.


Wynn plans to build a resort named Beau Rivage on the Dunes site and has announced a deal with Gold Strike Resorts to construct a hotel/casino on another part of the property north of the Tropicana Avenue and the Las Vegas Strip intersection.


The Excalibur, a 4,000-room colossus, opened June 19, 1990. The imaginative medieval "castle" was developed by Circus Circus Enterprises Inc. for between $260 and $290 million. Some floors are devoted solely to non-gambling entertainment for children and the young at heart. Court jesters perform in public areas. The showroom features jousting on horseback by knights of King Arthur's court. William Bennett, founder of Circus Circus Enterprises Inc., constructed the 2,526-room, pyramid-shaped Luxor a quarter mile south of the Excalibur.


The Luxor, a modern marvel which cost $375 million dollars to build, is linked to the Excalibur by monorail.


The Luxor features a full-scale reproduction of King Tut's Tomb. The world's most powerful beam of light shines from the top of the pyramid. It is visible to planes 250 miles away in Los Angeles. The atrium in the middle of the pyramid could hold nine Boeing 747s stacked one atop of another.


The most ambitious resort project in the history of Las Vegas is located at the intersection of the Las Vegas Strip and Tropicana Avenue. It is the MGM Grand Hotel & Theme Park -- the largest resort hotel in the world and the dream of pioneer Las Vegas hotel developer and multimillionaire entrepreneur Kirk Kerkorian.


The $1 billion, 112-acre resort hotel, casino and theme park highlights the MGM Hollywood image. With the 33-acre theme park as the center piece, the 5,005-room hotel boasts a 171,500-square-foot casino, 12 theme restaurants, a 1,700-seat production showroom, a 630-seat production theater, three swimming pools, five tennis courts, a child care center and a 215,000-square-foot, 15,200-seat special events arena for concerts, sporting events and exhibitions. The MGM Grand Hotel and Theme Park opened Dec. 18, 1993.


In August 1994, MGM Grand Inc., and Primadonna Resorts Inc., revealed a joint venture to build a 1,500-room hotel/casino on 18- acres at Tropicana Avenue and the Las Vegas Strip. The $300 million resort, named New York, New York, will highlight the best the "Big Apple" has to offer. The property's skyline will feature replicas of such New York City landmarks as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. The resort is scheduled to open sometime in 1996.


The huge hotel conglomerate ITT Sheraton Corp. made it's first foray into Las Vegas and gaming in 1993 when it purchased the Desert Inn Hotel Casino from Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp.


Late in 1994, Sheraton announced a deal to purchase Caesars World Inc., the parent company of Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip for $1.7 billion. The deal was expected to be finalized sometime in 1995, pending approval from a host of state and federal regulatory agencies.


When New Year 1994 dawned in Las Vegas, the dusty railroad town that started its race toward the 21st Century in 1905 boasted more than 86,000 hotel and motel rooms and had become home to 13 of the 20 largest resort hotels in the world. By the start of 1995, the city was awash with more than 88,500 rooms.



Downtown Booms Again

Downtown Las Vegas, where it all began, has launched an extravagant project to keep pace with the booming Strip. The multimillion dollar project is called "The Fremont Street Experience." The Nevada Legislature passed enabling laws in 1993 to make the project financially feasible and construction was started in 1994. The project is scheduled to be completed by September 1995.


The Jerde Partnership, a firm specializing in creating lively urban centers, plans to wrap the entire downtown area in light and sound. "The Fremont Street Experience" is a public/private partnership between the Fremont Street Experience Company -- an entity owned and operated by a group of Downtown casino operators -- and the city of Las Vegas.


The $63 million project consists primarily of a space frame that will rise nearly 100 feet and stretch approximately 1,500 feet along Fremont Street from Main to Fourth streets.


Set into the inner surface of the space frame will be 1.5 million lights. The lights will come to life nightly in a multi- sensory show that will be combined with such theatrical effects as smoke, fog and robotic lights.

The Fremont Street Experience also calls for landscaping and patterned paving. Street performers will entertain patrons enjoying sidewalk cafes or viewing goods on festive pushcarts and kiosks. Enhanced security and cleaning will help contribute to a safe, enjoyable visit.


Also planned is a Downtown parking building for 1,500 vehicles with an entertainment-style retail shopping plaza.


The Fremont Street Experience will become a center for festivals, holiday celebrations and live entertainment when completed, according to planners.


Fremont Street was officially closed to vehicle traffic Sept. 7, 1994. On Sept. 8, state and city officials, prominent Las Vegans and members of the Fremont Street Experience participated in a "cruise through history," in a line-up of classic cars from the Nevada Car Club Council that made the last vehicular ride down Fremont Street to celebrate the next step in the evolution of Glitter Gulch.


The Public grand opening of the Fremont Street Experience was on December 14, 1995. The Fremont Street Experience features Viva Vision, the world's largest video screen which is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system. Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue which includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on two stages. With direct pedestrian access to 10 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 17 million annual visitors.


From the modest beginnings of Las Vegas, Fremont Street initially was in the forefront of the gambling industry. It became the city's first paved street in 1925, the first street to have a traffic light and it is the site of the first Downtown highrise -- the Fremont Hotel, built in 1956.


The Apache Hotel on Fremont Street in 1932 was the first Las Vegas resort to have an elevator. The Horseshoe was the first casino to install carpet. And the first gaming license was issued to a Downtown Fremont Street gambling hall.


Downtown Las Vegas already had 36 years of history by the time the El Rancho Vegas became the first hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip in 1941.

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  • 1 mile (1.6 km.) from the Strip
  • 3.5 miles (5.6 km.) from the Convention Center
  • 5 miles (8 km.) from Downtown
  • Las Vegas McCarran is ranked 8th busiest in the world by the Airports Council in Washington, D.C.  
 Serves 51 air carriers including: 
  • 24 scheduled    
  • 2 helicopter services        
  • 8 commuter      
  • 17 charter
  • Averages 980 flights a day.
Direct flights to 58 U.S. cities, 1 European city. 
  • In the first four months of 2001, 18.5 million passengers passed through McCarran.
  • 36.8 million passengers passed through in 2000.
  • 1.2 million of those were international passangers.
  • 1.3 million square-foot (1.04 million square meter) terminal with 92 gates, covers 2,820 acres, 5,000 cars a day use parking facilities, tram to some terminals. Baggage control computer ramp, moving pedestrian walkways. Class A port-of-entry, bilateral agreement with Canada, international signage.


Airlines Serving Las Vegas


Aeromexico Terminal 3 E Gates




Air Canada Terminal 3 E Gates




AirTran Airways Terminal 1 B Gates




Alaska Airlines Terminal 3 E Gates



Air Cargo


Consumer Affairs







Allegiant Air Terminal 1 D Gates



Teletypewriter (TTY)



American Airlines Terminal 1 D Gates





Automated Information





ArkeFly Terminal 3 E Gates




British Airways Terminal 3 E Gates






Condor Air Terminal 3 E Gates




Copa Airlines Terminal 3 E Gates




Delta Terminal 1 D Gates



Automated Flight Information


Air Cargo


Baggage Service



Frontier Airlines Terminal 3 E Gates




Great Lakes Airlines Terminal 3 E Gates




Hawaiian Airlines Terminal 1 D Gates (Ticketing and baggage claim in Terminal 3)





Air Cargo



InterJet Terminal 3 E Gates




JetBlue Airways Terminal 3 E Gates





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Korean Air Terminal 3 E Gates




Magni Charters Terminal 3 E Gates




Omni Air International Terminal 3 E Gates




Philippine Airlines Terminal 3 E Gates




Southwest Airlines Terminal 1 B Gates And Terminal 1 C Gates




Airport & Flight Information




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Spirit Airlines Terminal 1 B Gates




Sun Country Airlines Terminal 3 E Gates




Sun Wing Airlines Terminal 3 E Gates




United Airlines Terminal 1 D Gates







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Flight Information


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US Air Terminal 1 A Gates




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Virgin America Terminal 3 E Gates




Virgin Atlantic Terminal 3 E Gates




VivaAeroBus Terminal 3 E Gates




Volaris Terminal 3 E Gates




WestJet Terminal 3 E Gates




XL Airways Terminal 3 E Gates



Airport Transportation



LASxpress Airport Transportation Service


We are pleased to offer a quick and economical share-ride from McCarren International Airport to The Rio Hotel and Casino.  

LASxpress is the official shuttle transportation for the 2015 Communicating For Safety Conference.  With one-way taxi rates around $24 from the airport, you will find this shuttle service second to none.

Three Services are offered (with fares representing a savings of up to 40% compared to a taxi)

  • Xpress – non stop service to the Rio Hotel and Casino - $18.00 one way.
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  • Luxury Sedans, SUV’s and Limousines Available 
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Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) operates scheduled routes throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Most buses operate between 5:00am and 1:30am, seven days a week. Strip buses run 24 hours.

The new SDX Strip & Downtown Express has limited stops along the strip and continues downtown.

The Deuce now runs between Mandalay Bay on the south and Palace Station on Sahara on the north. It no longer goes downtown, Use the SDX Express to get downtown.

Deuce & SDX fares: $6 for a 2-Hr. All Access Pass, $8 for a 24-Hour All Access Pass and $20 for a 3-Day All Access Pass. A 30 day pass is also available for $65.00

Ticket Now speeds up the boarding process by allowing passengers to purchase fares at Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) located at transit stops serviced by the SDX Express, Deuce on the Strip, and MAX. Passengers pay their fare at the Ticket Vending Machine and board the vehicles at any open door upon the arrival of the transit vehicle. All fares must be purchased prior to boarding premium service routes and MAX. While passengers are encouraged to pay before boarding when using Deuce on the Strip, fareboxes are still available onboard the Deuce on the Strip vehicles. Passengers must maintain possession of proof of payment received upon purchase.

Car Rentals




702 Car Rentals (first Premier Enterpris
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Brooks Car Rental
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3041 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109


Budget Car Rental
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Diplomat Exotic Car Rentals
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3095 E Patrick Lane
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Hotel Shuttles

Here are some of the shuttles that run between the hotel/casinos. We will be adding more as we find them.
Note: All times are approximate and subject to change at any time. Please verify with hotel.

California to Sam's Town
Shuttle pick-up and drop-off from California outside the hotel lobby entrance by valet parking.

8:30am, 9:45am, 11:00am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 4:00pm, 5:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm, 9:00pm, 10:15pm, 11:30pm

Fremont to Sam's Town

8:15am, 9:30am, 10:45am, 12:00pm, 1:15pm, 2:30pm, 3:45pm, 5:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:30pm, 8:45pm, 10:00pm, 11:15pm

Gold Coast to Orleans to Tropicana back to Gold Coast (loop)

9:00am to 1:00am daily. Approximately every 30 - 45 minutes

Harrah's to Sam's Town

9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm

M Resort to Airport M Resort shuttles are reserved for the use of hotel guests only.

6:00am, 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, noon, 1:00pm , 2:00pm 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm

Airport to M Resort

6:30am, 7:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm

M Resort to Fashion Show Mall

10:00am, 3:00pm, 2:00pm 6:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:00pm, 12:00am

Fashion Show Mall to M Resort

10:30am, 3:30pm 6:30pm, 10:30pm, 11:30pm, 12:30am

Mandalay Bay Resort to South Point

9:00am to 12:30am Continuously (time is subject to traffic conditions).

MonteLago Village Resort to Planet Hollywood Reservations required - space is limited. 702-564-4700

Departs the Viera Lobby at 10:00am, 1:00pm and 5:00pm

Planet Hollywood to MonteLago Village Resort Reservations required - space is limited. 702-564-4700

1:45pm, 5:45pm and 10:45pm

Palace Station to Tropicana Hotel to Fashion Show Mall then back to Palace Station - (702)367-2411

Runs hourly on the hour.

Rio to Caesars Palace

10am-1am approximately every 15 minutes

Rio to Bally's

10am-1am approximately every 15 minutes

Rio to Harrah's

10am-1am approximately every 15 minutes

Riviera to Sam's Town

9:50am, 11:20am, 12:50pm, 2:20pm, 3:50pm, 5:20pm, 6:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:50pm

Sam's Town to California/Fremont

9:00am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:00pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 5:45pm, 7:00pm, 8:15pm, 9:30pm, 10:45pm

Sam's Town to Harrah's / Riviera

10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm, 10:30pm


South Point Airport Shuttle
If you are planning on using the Airport Shuttle, we ask that you please call and make reservations. Reservations for the Airport Shuttle can be made by calling us toll-free at: 1-866-796-7111 (ask for Shuttle Reservations). Airport shuttle reservations are required to be at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Seating is limited and only those with reservations will be allowed to board. Shuttle is not intended for group transfers.
From Airport to South Point:
6:30am, 7:30am, 8:30am, 11:30am, 2:45pm, 4:15pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm, 9:30pm, 11:00pm
From South Point to Airport
6:00am, 7:00am, 8:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:45pm, 7:15pm, 8:45pm, 10:15pm
The airport shuttle from McCarran Airport has very distinguished South Point Logos and pick-up is at Ground (or Level) Zero.
The airport shuttle from the South Point Hotel picks up in Valet which is located at the east entrance of the hotel.


South Point to Mandalay Bay Resort

9:00am to 12:30am Continuously (time is subject to traffic conditions).






#1 Las Vegas Vip Limousines
Las Vegas Limousines | Las Vegas Airport Transfers | Las Vegas VIP Services

3695 S. Highland Dr Ste 10-13
Las Vegas, NV 89103


A1 Las Vegas Limousine
A1 Las Vegas Limos provides Affordable Luxury Limousines

5410 Cameron St. #105
Las Vegas, NV 89


Access A Charter
We provide Ground Transportation Nationwide, We pay travel Agents Comm

3155 E. Patrick Lane #1
Las Vegas, NV 89120


AKA Limousine Service

1447 Los Meadow Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89110

702 257-7433

Ambassador Limousine

3580 S Polaris #27
Las Vegas, NV 89103


An Xtreme Las Vegas Limo
Las Vegas SUV limousines for Las Vegas Bachelor party & weddings

9529 Orchid Bay
Las Vegas, NV 89123


Bell Trans
Limousine, Sedan, & Bus Transportation

1900 Industrial Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102


Bls Limousine Service Of Las Vegas
Ground transportation in LV, LA, SF, NY and around the world.

300 West St. Louis Blvd
Las Vegas, NV NV


Casino Limousines
Casino Limousines is the premier Las Vegas limousine and coach provider with competitive pricing (NO fuel surcharges!), instant on-line confirmations, airport meet & greet with luggage assistance.

Henderson, NV 89074


Classy Coaches Limousine Service

3320 E Flamingo Rd, Suite 8
Las Vegas, NV 89121


Ct&t Trancportation Llc
Best Prices! Fastest growing limo company in Las Vegas!

6185 S. Valley View, Suite R
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Diamond Transportation
Specializing in Bachelor / Bachelorette Parties

3734 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119


Double Down Transportation, Inc.
The most Exotic Fleet of Stretched SUV Limousines in Las Vegas.

4465 West Hacienda Ave, Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Earth Limos And Buses
Earth Limos is the first and only eco-friendly chauffeurd ground trans

3355 Spring Mountain Rd. #230
Las Vegas, NV 89102


Executive Coach And Carriage
Las Vegas luxury limousine services

3950 W. Tompkins Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89103


Exotic Transportation
Exotic SUV limousine and concierge service in Las Vegas .

2120 Cimarron Drive
Henderson, NV 89074

(702) 837-2666

Fox Limousine Las Vegas

7180 Industrial Road, Suite B100
Las Vegas, NV 89118


High Roller Limousine
SUV limousine...Size does matter

8025 W. Russell Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89113

(702) 868-5600

Hr Limo
We are a locally based Limousine service provider. We offer top of line service.

8784 S. Maryland Pkway
Las Vegas, NV 89123


Jetset Vip
Limo/ Charter Bus Service

4645 W. Tropicana, Suite 600
Las Vegas, NV 89103


Las Vegas Bachelor Party Bus And Suvs
Specializing in all inclusive bachelor/bachelorette party packages

7631 salishan dr
Las Vegas, NV 89147


Las Vegas By Limo
Luxury limousine service specializing in adult oriented tours.

Las Vegas, NV


Las Vegas Limousine Services

4290 Cameron St Suite 2
Las Vegas, NV 89103


Las Vegas Party Limos
Our limo rentals include SUV, Hummer and Excursion limo services.

5054 Bond St.
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Las Vegas Transportation Inc.
Full Service Limousine and Sedan service rates starting at only $35

3455 Polaris Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89102


Limousine Las Vegas
The Best In Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV


Limousine Services Las Vegas
Limousine Services Las Vegas provides executive style VIP service arou

6244 Elmira
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Lucky Limousine

4195 W Diablo Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Magnum Transportation Inc.

7836 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117


Mammoth Transportation
Offers a variety of fully loaded specialty SUV limousines

4205 W Tompkins Ave # 7
Las Vegas, NV 89103


North Shore Limo, LLC
Luxury or Executive Transportation

3111 S. Valley View, Ste. H103
Las Vegas, NV 89102


Omni Limousine
Omni Limousine, a leader in Las Vegas Transportation

4440 E Cheyenne
Las Vegas, NV 89115


On Demand Sedan and Limousine Service

90 W Oakey Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102


Presidential Limousine

2030 Industrial Rd
Las Vegas, NV


Ritz Transportation Of Las Vegas
Offers suv limousines and minibus limousines

3215 S. Cinder Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89103


Sin City Las Vegas
Offers VIP Hosting and Limousine Service for bachelor and bachelorette

1331 Calle Calma
Las Vegas, NV 89012

(702) 453-33

Star Limousine
The most professional and discrete service in Las Vegas

3860 W. Tompkins Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89103


Starlight Limos
Las Vegas limousine and tours service

2120 Cimarron Hill
Henderson, NV 89014


V Transportation
Las Vegas limo Party Bus | Las Vegas limo Coach | Las Vegas Airport limo

Las Vegas, NV


Vegas Bachelor Party Bus
All Inclusive Bachelor/Bachelorette Partys With A Phat Partybus

10721 Windrose PT
Las Vegas, NV 89144


Vegas Phil Inc

Las Vegas, NV 89119


Vegas Tours by Scott

5485 W Flamingo
Las Vegas, NV


Vip Transportation Services
Offering the finest selection of vehicles and VIP service beyond compare.

Las Vegas, NV


Western Limousine Service

801 S. MAIN ST
Las Vegas, NV 89101


Xclusive Vegas Limos
Xclusive Vegas Limos is a Limousine company that handles transportation needs.

725 S. Hualapai Way
Las Vegas, NV 89145


Xreme Las Vegas Bachelor Party
Las Vegas bachelor party in a hummerzine

36 Woodcarver
Henderson, NV 89012



Strip Monorail
The Las Vegas Monorail is an ultramodern transit system running along the east side of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Linking seven stations over four miles to eight resorts and the Las Vegas Convention Center, the sleek, driverless monorail provides a quick and comfortable ride through the heart of the resort corridor. The Las Vegas Monorail operates 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m., Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. Friday-Sunday.

Travel Times South Bound
Sahara Station To:
Las Vegas Hilton Station 1.52 minutes
Las Vegas Convention Center Station 3.67 minutes
Harrah’s / Imperial Palace Station 7.84 minutes
Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station 9.09 minutes
Bally’s & Paris Las Vegas Station 10.7 minutes
MGM Grand Station 12.8 minutes


Travel Times North Bound
MGM Grand Station to:
Bally’s & Paris Las Vegas Station 2.06 minutes
Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station 3.7 minutes
Harrah’s / Imperial Palace Station 4.95 minutes
Las Vegas Convention Center Station 9.12 minutes
Las Vegas Hilton Station 11.3 minutes
Sahara Station 12.8 minutes


Current fares are as follows:
Single-ride fare $5.00
Unlimited-Ride One-Day Pass (24 hours) $14.00
Unlimited-Ride Three-Day Pass (72 hours) $30.00
Discounts for locals with ID

For more information Visit:






A-Cab Co.

5881 South Cameron
Las Vegas, NV 89118


A-North Las Vegas Cab

5010 South Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Ace Cab Co.

5010 S Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Checker Cab Co.

5225 West Post Road
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Deluxe Cab Co.

249 Elliot Road
Henderson, NV 89015


Desert Cab Co.

90 West Oakey
Las Vegas, NV 89102


Henderson Taxi

1910 Industrial Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102


Lucky Cab Company

4195 Diablo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Nellis Cab Co.

3564 West Naples
Las Vegas, NV 89103


Star Cab Co.

5225 West Post Road
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Union Cab Co.

5010 South Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Vegas Western Cab Co.

5010 South Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Virgin Valley Cab Co.

5010 South Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118


Western Cab Company

801 S. Main
Las Vegas, NV 89101


Whittlesea Blue Cab Co.

1910 Industrial Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102


Yellow Cab Co.

5225 West Post Road
Las Vegas, NV 89118



NOTE: Not all businesses are listed.
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Taxicab Fares And Fees Explained....
Sixteen taxicab companies service the Las Vegas valley. When you enter a taxicab, the driver will start the taximeter (referred to as the "drop") and an initial charge of $3.30 will register. If a taxi ride originates at McCarran International Airport, an additional airport surcharge of $1.80 per trip is added to the taximeter. After the initial "drop", the taximeter will assess a fare of $2.40 per mile ($.20 for each 1/12th of a mile traveled). If the taximeter senses that the taxicab is moving less than 8-12 MPH, the taximeter will assess a charge of $.20 (twenty cents) every 24 seconds ($30.00 per hour waiting time). That is why the taximeter continues to accumulate charges even when the taxicab is not moving. Once the taximeter senses that the taxicab is moving at a speed greater than 8-12 MPH the fare calculates on the actual distance traveled.


Drop for initial activation of taximeter


Each additional 1/12th mile ($2.40 per mile)   


Waiting time per hour


McCarran Airport fee per pick-up


Off the Strip

MT. CHARLESTON -- 35 miles (56 km.) from Las Vegas, highest elevation 11,918 feet (3,615 meters), winter skiing, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, tours available.

BONNIE SPRINGS OLD NEVADA -- An old western town in Red Rock Canyon 16 miles west of Las Vegas with a motel, shops, activities and western shootouts.

DEATH VALLEY -- 135 miles (216 km.) from Las Vegas, 40 minutes by plane, lowest elevation on North American Continent at 280 feet below sea level (84.93 meters), Zabiske Point, 20 Mule Canyon, Scotty's Castle, tours available.

ETHEL M CHOCOLATE FACTORY -- Self-guided tours available for factory and outside botanical garden and cactus display.

GRAND CANYON -- About 300 miles (480 km.) from Las Vegas, 1 1/2 hour flight by plane, tours available.

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA -- Closest point 25 miles (40 km.) from Las Vegas, more than 550 miles (880 km.) of shoreline, swimming, water skiing, camping, boating, fishing, six marinas, tours available. Visitors totaled 3.8 million for the first five months of 1995 and 9,913,705 in 1994.

HOOVER DAM -- 34 miles (54.4 km.) from Las Vegas, 726 feet high (220.00 meters) from bedrock, wonder of the modern world, tours of inside and outside of dam available; in July 1994, the 30 millionth visitor toured the dam since it opened. Visitors touring the dam totaled 279,205 in the first five months of 1995 and 712,130 in 1994. Black Canyon River Raft Tours available below dam.

RED ROCK CANYON -- 15 miles (24 km.) west of Las Vegas, 3,000- foot (910 meters) escarpment produced by thrust fault, Bureau of Land Management visitors center, scenic area of rock formations and desert. Visitors totaled approximately 585,600 during the first five months of 1995 and approximately 900,000 in all of 1994.

VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK -- 55 miles (88 km.) from Las Vegas, scenic landscapes of hidden canyons and unique rock formations, petroglyphs and remains of ancient Indian civilization, Nevada Park Service visitors center, tours available. Visitors totaled 66,702 in the first five months of 1995 and 244,052 in 1994. There is a $3 entrance fee.


Near the Strip


Adventurdome Theme Park - Circus Circus
2880 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Domed 5 acre enclosed theme park featuring over 15 rides for all ages including the world's largest indoor roller coster. Call for hours.
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Bonnie & Clyde Death Car
100 W. Primm Blvd., Primm, NV 89019
After being on tour for awhile the Bonnie & Clyde Death Car is back in Primm, Nevada at Whiskey Pete's Hotel and Casino. The car, a 1934 Ford V8, is the car that Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were killed in.
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Bonnie Springs Old Nevada
16395 Bonnie Springs Road, Blue Diamond, NV 89004
An old western town in Red Rock Canyon 16 miles west of Las Vegas with a motel, petting zoo, shops, activities and western shootouts.
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Burlesque Hall of Fame
520 Fremont Street, Suite 120, Las Vegas, NV 89101
The Burlesque Hall of Fame is the world's premiere organization dedicated to preserving the living legacy of burlesque as an artform and cultural phenomenon.
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Chuck Jones Experience (CLOSED)
2880 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Experience the work of lengendary animator Chuck Jones. In his more than 60 year career, this director, fine artist and storyteller made over 300 animated films and won 3 Oscar Awards, amongst many other honors.
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Circus Acts - Circus Circus
2880 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Free circus acts, 11:00 am thru midnight daily.
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Coney Island Emporium
3790 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas NV 89109
A 32,000 square-foot, Coney Island themed facility with more than 200 coin-op games, 16 midway games, an eight-seat Daytona Simulator, Bumper Cabs, and a city-street themed Laser Patrol! Coney Island Emporium is located on the second level of New York-New York Hotel & Casino.
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Counts Kustoms
2714 S. Highland Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89109
As Seen on the History Channel, owner Danny Koker has the ultimate in custom design motorcycles & vintage cars.
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CSI: The Experience
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
CSI: The Experience is an interactive exhibit providing visitors with a hands-on, exploratory, multi-sensory experience in the world of crime scene investigation. It is designed to educate the public about forensic processes, procedures and technologies.
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Desert Princess Cruise
Las Vegas Boat Harbor at Lake Mead
The Desert Princess is an authentic, three-level, Mississippi-style paddlewheeler. Just being on board takes you back to the Old South. The Desert Princess is U.S. Coast Guard certified for 300 passengers and 10 crew members. She is spaciously equipped with 2 climate-controlled enclosed decks and an open promenade deck just perfect for taking in the cool, clean air and the wondrous sights.
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Desperado Roller Coster
31700 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Primm, NV 89019
One of the world's tallest and fastest roller coasters is located at the California/Nevada border just 30 minutes from Las Vegas. The ride begins with an initial lift height of 209 feet and a breathtaking 225-foot drop.
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Dig This - Heavy Equipment Playground
3012 S. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Huge Caterpillar Bulldozers and Excavators await you in one the most fun and memorable experiences you will ever encounter.
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Dinner in the Sky
4750 South Procyon Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89103
Dinner in the Sky Las Vegas is a unique aerial dining experience that takes place on a table raised 160 to 180 feet in the air and suspended from a 200-foot permanent tower. Guests will be hosted by a professional team of Sky Chefs, maître d’ and master mixologist who will provide gourmet cuisine, fine spirits and Four Star-quality service. There are two tables, each with 22 seats, offering unparalleled views of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip, majestic Red Rock Canyon and surrounding areas.

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Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden
1 Sunset Way, Henderson, NV 89014
Ethel Mars was the mother of Forrest Mars, creator of the Mars bar, M&M's and Milky Way to name a few. Forrest Mars is one of the world's richest men. He has a home in Las Vegas. Visitors can watch this famous candy being made and, best of all, a free sample comes with the tour.
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Exotics Driving Experience
6949 Speedway Boulevard, No.112, Las Vegas, NV 89115
Get the ultimate driving experience in Las Vegas and test drive some of the worlds Exotics Racing allows car enthusiasts and guests to feel the thrill and power of such luxury cars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, Porsches or Audis.
Exotics Driving Experience Tickets

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Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing
4288 Polaris Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Fast Lap Indoor Karting provides the most authentic "Real Racing Experience" at the very best price on the West Coast! Using Sodi HONDA GAS powered race karts with the sound, sight and feel of real precision race karts.
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Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
3555 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas NV 89109
Live African penguins and Chilean flamingos are on display in the outdoor Flamingo Wildlife Habitat, part of 15 acres of tropical gardens.
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Fountains at Bellagio
3400 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Over a thousand soaring fountains fill Bellagio's lake, enhanced at nightfall by color and light. Accompanying this water ballet is the,music of composers such as Copland and Strauss and vocalists such as Luciano Pavarotti. Shows every half hour in the afternoons and every 15 minutes in the evenings. FREE!
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Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street - Downtown Las Vegas
World's Biggest Street Party Five city blocks of strolling street performers, live music and unlimited food and drink. And of course, the most spectacular light and sound shows on the planet are presented each night at dusk. Free performances nightly starting from 6:00pm (seasonal) til late with a variety of stage shows to keep you lively!
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Fremont Street Flightlinez (Closed)
425 Fremont St - Suite 160, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Riders start from a platform 67 feet high near Neonopolis and glide 800 feet down Fremont Street Experience on one of four lines at speeds of up to 25 mph to a 14-foot-high landing platform near the Fremont Casino. Riders hang from the steel line in a harness and can speed up or slow down depending on their body position.
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Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary
8103 Racel St, Las Vegas NV 89131
Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary is located near Tule Springs and is Southern Nevada's only nonprofit wildlife refuge and public education center housing exotic and indigenous birds and animals in a parklike setting.
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Gold and Silver Pawn Shop
713 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89101
As Seen on the History Channel every day is a great day to pawn off your treasures and meet the "Old Man".
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Grand Canyon West & Skywalk
5001 Buck n Doe Rd., Grand Canyon West, AZ
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is the first ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway to suspend more than 4,000 feet above the canyon's floor and extend 70 feet from the canyon's rim. Other attractions available at Grand Canyon West include The Indian Village with authentic dwellings, The Hualapai Market, and The Hualapai Ranch, a western town with horseback and wagon rides.
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Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
350 E. Galleria Dr. , Henderson, NV
The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is home to thousands of migratory waterfowl as well as numerous resident desert birds. There are nine ponds available for birding, surrounded by both paved and soft surfaces. The paved path is approximately 3/4 of a mile long and is accessible by wheelchair.
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Hoover Dam
Hyw 93 at the Nevada/Arizona Border
The new visitor center hours of operation are 8:30am to 5:45pm. A guided, 35-minute tours of Hoover Dam take visitors deep inside the monolith for a complete explanation of its history, purpose and inner workings.
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KISS Monster Mini Golf & Wedding Chapel
4503 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169
Open 7 Days a week 10:00am - Midnight
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Access off I-15 in Nevada; U.S. Highways 93 and 95 in NV & AZ
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round.
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Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
1401 N. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89108
A 7 acre Family Fun Center with 3 Go Kart tracks, Gran Prix, Dragon Roller Coaster, Super Fun Slide, 7000 sq. foot Restaurant/Party Room and Arcade. Located just off I-95 at Rainbow and Vegas Dr.
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Las Vegas Mob Experience
3801 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Las Vegas Mob Experience is an immersive, highly interactive journey through the history of organized crime and the impact its major players had on the building of Las Vegas. Anchored by the largest collection of authentic artifacts, memorabilia, photos and videos of organized crime ever assembled, the attraction immerses its guests in the story of the rise and fall of the "Mob" as it chronicles the lives of the men who ran Sin City for three decades.
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Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N., Las Vegas, Nevada 89115
A unique motorsports entertainment experience for every race fan. The 1,500-acre Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex includes a 1.5-mile superspeedway, 2.5-mile road course, 1/2-mile dirt oval, drag strip, Go-Kart tracks, racing schools and a variety of additional motorsports facilities and attractions.
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Las Vegas Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV
Explore the Springs Preserve, once home to ancient tribes and the resting place for weary Spanish explorers. Learn about the history of the Las Vegas Valley as well as methods to maintain a sustainable lifestyle in the desert. The Preserve is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Trails close at dusk.
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M&M's World
3785 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
In the Showcase Mall. Your favorit M&M's candies, characters and merchandise available in one superstore.
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Madame Tussaud's Las Vegas
3377 Las Vegas Blvd, S.,Suite 2001 Las Vegas, NV 89109
Inviting guests to "Do the Things that Celebrities Do," Madame Tussauds Las Vegas immerses visitors in one-of-a-kind, interactive experiences that create personal memories with some of the world's biggest icons.
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Mt. Charleston
US95 North to Hwy 157, then west on Hyw 157 for 17 miles
Miles of hiking and biking trails about 30 miles from Las Vegas. The pine forests provide great picnic spots, horseback riding in the summer and skiing in the winter.
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Mystery Adventures
1100 E Sahara Suite 140, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Mystery Adventures is a live interactive role-playing game involving real sets and tangible clues. Join a team of amateur sleuths and expect to encounter secret codes, completely tangible crime scenes, and extraordinary treasures while unraveling a mystery.
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Nevada State Railway Museum
600 Yucca Street. Boulder City, NV 89005
There is currently no museum facility but they are offering weekly excursion rides every Saturday and Sunday (except Santa Train) Departure times 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30 (Boarding begins 15 minutes before departure)
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Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park
500 E Washington Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
(Commonly known as the Old Fort) The first permanent non-native settlers in the Las Vegas Valley were a group of Mormon missionaries who built an adobe fort along Las Vegas Creek in 1855. They successfully farmed the area by diverting water from the creek.
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Pinball Hall of Fame
1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas NV 89119
The Pinball Hall of Fame is an attempt by the members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club to house and display the world's largest pinball collection, open to the public.
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Planetarium at CCSN
3200 East Cheyenne Ave, North Las Vegas, NV 89030
This excellent planetarium offers special movie programs with titles like The Explorers and Sky Watch. Show times are 6:00pm and 7:30pm Fridays and 3:30pm and 7:30pm on Saturdays. After the 7:30pm showings, telescopes at the student observatory will be available for viewing, depending on weather conditions.
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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Red Rock Canyon Rd, Las Vegas, NV
Once the home of ancient Indian tribes, this magnificent canyon was formed by a thrust fault -- a fracture in the earth's crust where one rock plate is thrust horizontally over another.
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Red Rock Wake Park
5536 South Desert Canyon Parkway, St. George, UT 84790
Cable riding at Red Rock Wake Park gives you the opportunity to learn how or progress quickly on a Wakeboard, Wake Ski, Double Ski, and Kneeboard. (Whatever gives you the thrill you are seeking.)
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Rick's Restorations
1112 S. Commerce St., Las Vegas, NV 89102
Popular Restoration show on History Channel visitors hours are Mon-Fri 9am-5pm & Sat. 10am-4pm
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River Rafting Tours
Pick from Several
You can pick from several different tours.
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Rock n' Roll Memorabilia - Hard Rock
4475 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
The hotel/casino's rock n' roll ambiance is created by hundreds of thousands of dollars in memorabilia displayed throughout the property.
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Roos-N-More Zoo
746 Snowden Ranch Road , Moapa, NV 89025
Ever wanted to pet a camel? Ever wanted to look inside a kangaroo's pouch? Ever wanted to meet a lemur or play with a monkey? With over 160 animals to meet and greet, there is something for everyone.
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Sandy Valley Ranch
Sandy Valley, NV
Offering cattle round ups, trail rides and wagon rides. for your corporate training and team building needs, they provide a unique combination of horse and cattle activities mixed with soft-skills training in their conference rooms. Tamer adventures are available with their antique, climate-controlled covered wagon Bed and Breakfast.
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3900 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
SCORE! is a 10,000 square-foot interactive sports exhibit that contains more than 200 prized pieces throughout eight galleries that are valued in the millions of dollars.
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Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas NV, 89119
Not your typical aquarium, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is a total sensory experience designed to transport visitors to an undersea ocean of fantastic sights, sounds and encounters. Featuring 2,000 dangerous and unusual aquatic animals from the world's tropical waters, Shark Reef Aquarium takes visitors on a journey through an ancient temple that has been slowly claimed by the sea.
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Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Enter this tropical atmosphere, surrounded by palm trees and lush foliage, and a different world that is exotic, enchanting and full of adventure lies before you. The exquisite animals enjoy relaxing in their environment, which was modeled after their natural habitats.
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Skydive Las Vegas
1401 Airport Road, Boulder City, NV 89005
Skydive Las Vegas is Nevada’s premier professional skydiving facility, dedicated to providing the first time jumper with the most incredible experience of their lives.
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Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park
1775 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89106
There are a variety of endangered cats as well as the last family of Barbary Apes in the United States, chimpanzee, eagles, ostriches, emus, talking parrots, wallabies, flamingos, large exotic reptiles and every species of venomous reptile native to southern Nevada. The zoo also features exhibits by the Las Vegas Gem Club and botanical displays of endangered cycads and rare bamboos.
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Splash Canyon Waterpark
7055 S. Fort Apache Road, Las Vegas, NV 89148
Splash Canyon will feature more than 20 slides, a Wave Pool, a 1,000-foot-long Lazy River, a mega water play structure, toddler pool, group picnic area, private cabanas, restaurants and other amenities.
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Strat-O-Fair midway
2000 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas NV, 89104
Some of the main midway attractions include: The Sky Wheel, a 45-foot in diameter Ferris Wheel. The Little Shot, a smaller version of the Big Shot adapted for kids and the Hover Crash, a futuristic bumper car ride. The midway is located at the base of the 1,149 foot Stratosphere tower.
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Stratosphere Tower
2000 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas Nv, 89104
See the city like you've never seen it...millions of lights flickering into the darkness of a distant horizon...Las Vegas at night. Breathtaking and unforgettable, its brilliance will last a lifetime. See it from the 1,149 foot Stratosphere Tower - the tallest free-standing observation tower in the United States.
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Sunset Stampede - Sam's Town
5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122
FREE Laser Light and Water Show at 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm and 10:00pm daily, the mountain in the Mystic Falls Indoor Park comes alive as the Sunset Stampede chronicles the Western pioneer experience with music, lights and animation.
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The Roller Coaster at New York New York
3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Roller Coaster is located on the second floor in the Coney Island Emporium. This exciting ride twists, loops and dives around the perimeter and even through the center of the property, allowing riders to experience the thrilling force of "Negative G’s" like never before.
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Valley of Fire State Park
North on I-15 from Las Vegas, take NV Rt 169 at Crystal south to park.
A visit to the park is a trip back in time where visitors can experience red sandstone rock formations that have been carved by centuries of wind erosion into many exotic shapes. Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyph.
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Vegas Indoor Skydiving
200 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
At Vegas Indoor Skydiving guests will earn their wings and experience bodyflight during a simulated skydive experience in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The experience is similar to skydiving with the addition of a mesh trampoline floor and foam padded walls. Guests are able to simulate the freefall aspect of skydiving without the use of an airplane or parachute.
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Vegas Water Sports
1240 S. Commerce St., Las Vegas, NV 89102
Surf, Ride, or Ski an ENDLESS WAVE behind a spectacular and uniquely designed boat. Every day is summer here in Las Vegas and we can fulfill your watersport dreams any day of the year. It's safe and fun for all ages (beginners to pros).
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Volcano At The Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Set amid a tropical lagoon, The Mirage volcano erupts every few minutes after dark, spewing smoke and fire 100 feet above the water. FREE.
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Wetlands Park Nature Center
7050 Wetlands Park Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89122
At the Wetlands Information center, volunteers welcome visitors from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 7 days a week. Visitors can view Wetlands videos, displays and photographs that explain the County's plans for the area, the ecological and esthetic riches of the wetlands and the serious environmental problems the park will help solve.
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Las Vegas Lingo

 Every part of the world has its own language and Las Vegas is no exception. Here are some hints to make the local lingo more understandable.


No show; as in Dark Sundays means no shows on Sunday.


Same as a toke.


Same as a gratuity.


Short for free or complimentary.

RFB comp

The casino is impressed with a credit rating and has ordered that a customer be given free room, food and beverage (RFB) during a hotel stay.

In red

A comped customer's name usually appears "in red" on a maitre d's reservation chart.

High roller

A customer with the reputation of wagering large sums of money in the casino.


An IOU owed the casino by a gambler allowed by the hotel to play on credit.


Redeemable for nearly everything from a free meal to a free pull on a slot machine. (Ask the hotel whether it has a coupon book.)


A gambler who is rolling the dice on a craps table.


A container from which several decks of cards are dealt on the Baccarat and blackjack tables which prevents the dealer from holding cards.


The dealer who moves the dice around on a craps table with a hook-shaped stick.

Drop box

A locked box located on live gambling tables where dealers deposit paper money.


The craps table dealer who sits over the drop box and supervises bets and payoffs.

Pit boss

A casino boss who oversees numerous table dealers.


The least or maximum bet accepted at a gambling table.


One device used by slot machine cheaters.

Hit me

A phrase used by blackjack players who want another card from the dealer. Usually used in connection with a hand signal.

Eye in the sky

A one-way mirror surveillance in the casino area. Be sure to smile! Mirrors or dark glass that circles casino ceilings conceals people who are assigned to watch the casino action to prevent cheating by players or dealers. There are also cameras behind the decorative looking glass.