Places You Shouldn’t Miss While in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, located in the deserts of Nevada, glows like a dazzling gem at night on getting illuminated with neon lights. What make it among the top most tourist spots are the long lasting memories that visitors take home.

Long ago, Nevada had a deer town named Las Vegas. It was during 1931 that it got its first gambling license. Since then Vegas has continued to attract herds of casinos and gamblers. Initial visitors were mostly post war gangsters and later developed as a preferred hangout of the Rat Pack of the mid 60s. Today, it presents a glitzy sight with massive hotels, amazing neon lights plus weird personalities.

You’ll find many distinguished hotels in Las Vegas. Traveling along the trip is like traveling over the globe. Hotel Caesars Palace takes you back to early Rome, while the Mirage makes you wonder at an erupting volcano. You may enjoy Champagne on reaching the top of the Eiffel Tower, Paris or observe the Big Apple Skyline from hotel New York.

The Strip

Right in the heart of this town a six kilometer long road lays the Las Vegas Boulevard, better known as ‘The Strip.” It gained popularity mushrooming casinos plus hotels mushrooming of the mid 1940s. One, appearing among the first was the Flamingo. Gangster by the name of Bugsy Siegel opened it during 1946 and it got so named due nickname of his girlfriend Flamingo. The strip has been featured in a number of Hollywood movies. Now, it is well known for many of its five star casino resorts, pools, day-spas and glamorous nightlife it offers.

Bellagio Casino

Having had a grand opening during 1998, Bellagio is among the most celebrated resorts worldwide and draws huge crowds. Its designer drew inspiration from an Italian town named Bellagio located by the side of Lake Come. The ceiling of its lobby, which is too frequently photographed, has an art illustration, the “Fiori di Como”, from Dale Chihuly. It comprises of more than two thousand hand blown colored glass flowers. It is renowned for its huge lake and its incredible musical fountains that become functional at night. Ocean’s Eleven, a movie from 2001 had Bellagio in its background and made it a memorable sight for movie buffs.

Shark Reef of Mandalay Bay

Vegas makes everything possible for its visitors, offering them to experience many of the most dangerous and alien marine creature by going down deep waters.

The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino contains the Shark Reef Aquarium which is home to more than two thousand animals including an odd golden crocodile and land-dwellers such as Komodo dragon. Without traveling too far or getting your feet and legs wet, you can watch from close quarters endangered varieties of jellyfish, turtles, sharks and piranhas at the Las Vegas’ Casinos.

National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation (Movie Review)

One of the funniest movies of 1997, Vegas Vacation lives up to the high standard of comic relief expected from this ongoing series by National Lampoon. Although on the low end of hilarity when compared to Vacation, European Vacation, and Christmas Vacation, the film is nonetheless a non-stop, belly-laughing comedy in its own right. After all, how can we expect anything to live up to the genius of a perfect comedy like Christmas Vacation? Complete with a brand new set of children, Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo once again form an onscreen comedy duo that is simply magical…

When Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) gets a large bonus as a company reward for inventing a new food preservative, he and his wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) decide that the money would best be spent on a good old-fashioned family vacation. But when kids Rusty (Ethan Embry) and Audrey (Marisol Nichols) bicker over the destination, the only place that gets unanimous reviews from the family is a Las Vegas vacation.

Flying to Vegas, the family experiences a series of pitfalls that threatens to tear them apart forever. Clark becomes a gambling addict (even gambling on rock-paper-scissors and a guy doing a “I’m thinking of a number between one and ten” routine at a low-rent casino), Ellen becomes the target of Wayne Newton’s seduction, underage Rusty becomes a gambling superstar under the false identity of Nicholas Pappagiorgio, and Audrey tries her hand in exotic dancing after a rendezvous with her stripper cousin Vicki… Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) makes another show-stealing performance as the redneck, dumber-than-a-doorknob relative, and he shadows Clark around the casinos generously imbibing his beverage of choice – a thirty-ounce can of Busch Light.

The funniest scenes in the film involve Eddie (as always) and his trailer trash family, now living in a trailer on a parcel of land Eddie purchased cheap because it’s a burial ground for nuclear waste. And Rusty’s various exploits under the alias of Nic Pappagiorgio are extremely amusing. Meeting up with a group of quasi-mafia, professional gamblers, Rusty enjoys the massages, comp suites, and various frills associated with the biggest names in the business. Vegas Vacation is just downright funny. If you liked the earlier films, don’t miss this one…

Continuing the stellar reputation of the Vacation film series, Vegas Vacation is pure entertainment fun from beginning to end. Chevy Chase is up to his usual antics, and Wayne Newton turns in a classic performance in his role as Griswold home-wrecker. Family friendly, Vegas Vacation is a comedy made for both parents and children alike. And its role as yet another show-stopper in the long-line of Griswold comedies makes Vegas Vacation a definite must-see…