The Nevada desert is strange and surreal. There are miles of dusty brown sand and barren landscape. There are old nuclear test sites and mythical vortexes. Conspiracy theorists proclaim that Nevada is the stomping ground of extra-terrestrial life forms. It only makes sense that Las Vegas, a sprawling ode to money, good times, and debauchery should stake its claim as the king of this surreal landscape.
If you are descending on Las Vegas at night, then the approach is like landing on a distant planet. There is an infinite desert blackness all around, but as your plane drops in altitude the neon glow begins to shimmer like an exploding nebula. If you listen closely you can already hear the clink of dice and the carnival patter of slot machines. Flying into Las Vegas is like watching a Technicolor phoenix rise from the ashes.
Everybody should make it to Las Vegas at least once. Some visitors will never come back. Others will be eternally hooked on the bright lights, theatrical shows and endless Alaskan king crab buffets. In other words, Las Vegas can be an acquired taste. However, one thing is for certain: Las Vegas holidays are never boring. After a tour of Vegas you will be happy to retreat into the bucolic silence of the English countryside. Holiday seekers come to Las Vegas for different reasons, and the variety of things to do in Sin City is limitless.
Las Vegas is often referred to as an adult playground, and once you arrive you will understand how it earned its moniker. Excitement, stimulation, and sensory overload are what a Las Vegas holiday is all about. People come to Vegas to get married in the kitschy, Elvis Presley chapels. Men arrive here for bachelor parties. Couples book suites at the Flamingo or the Tropicana for whirlwind weekends of romance and excess. The convention centres are filled with people on business trips. In the end, however, everybody comes to Vegas to gamble.
A Las Vegas holiday is all about exploring the different casinos. Whether you enjoy slots, roulette or black jack, each hotel and casino on the Vegas strip is its own unique theme park. People who go to Vegas regularly will tell you that some casinos are luckier than others. There is an element of superstition to how they plan their Vegas holiday, preferring to stay only in the hotels where they hit it big. If it is your first time in Sin City, then why not visit all of them? A casino crawl, distant relative of the famed bar crawl, is a good way to get the lay of the land. Just do not forget to pack a hefty money roll.