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First Time in Las Vegas

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Fremont Street

The Fremont Street area of Las Vegas is located downtown, north of the famed Vegas Strip. Here you will find Las Vegas' original strip with classic casinos, hotels, restaurants, and shopping. To attract more tourists away from The Strip, the Fremont Street Experience was created. The massive entertainment venue is home to Viva Vision, the spectacular light and music show. Using over 12.5 million lights projecting onto a 500-yard-long (457-meter-long) canopy 90 feet (27 meters) above the ground and a 550,000 watt sound system, it truly makes Fremont Street a prime attraction. Shows are free and play every night, making your time on Fremont Street all the more exciting. Keep your head and do not miss the famed Vegas Vic, the neon sign that looks like a cowboy. Made in 1951, the sign has ruled over Fremont Street since it was put up.

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High Roller

The High Roller is certainly high! At 550 feet (167.6 meters) tall, this is one of the largest observation wheels in the world. Step into an enclosed glass cabin and enjoy a view of The Strip like no other. One trip takes about 30 minutes, ensuring that you'll have plenty of time to take photos from every angle. Each cabin can hold up to 40 people, so bring along your friends and enjoy the view. Prices change depending on the time of day, so check the website for more details.

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Fountains at Bellagio

A visual water symphony choreographed to music provides an unforgettable welcome to the Bellagio Hotel Casino. The water jets span more than 1000 feet (304 meters) and can shoot up to 250 feet (76 meters) in the air while seeming to dance to choreographed lights and romantic classical music. It is a spectacular sight and one worth taking the time to view while strolling along the boulevard. Be sure to bring a camera as this is one of Vegas' best attractions - and it's free! The magic happens every 30 minutes until 8 PM, after which shows are every 15 minutes. Please note that shows may stray from this schedule due to the weather.

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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

The iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign was created in 1959. The sign has changed its located on Las Vegas Boulevard many times as the city limits have increased. The back of the sign reads "Drive Carefully and Come Back Soon." Today, the sign is located in the center island of this famous boulevard, just south of Russel Road. Many regard it the last sight they will take in of Las Vegas on their way out of the city.

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Hoover Dam

A prolific engineering spectacle that invites wonder and awe nearly a decade after its construction, the colossal Hoover Dam remains one of the most remarkable accomplishments in human history. Built to contain the roaring tempest of the mighty Colorado River, the Hoover Dam also harnesses hydroelectric energy to feed the power-related needs of both California and the Southwest. Such is the magnificence of the dam that, energy harnessed from this massive marvel supplies electricity to over 20 million people. The dam spans an expanse of nearly 1250 feet (381 meters) over the Black Canyon gorge, and is located at the cusp of the Arizona-Nevada border. Named after President Herbert Hoover, the this grand reservoir was constructed over a span of five years during the Great Depression, and was dedicated on September 30, 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum is located in what used to be a courthouse. Built in 1933, it was one of the 14 courthouses in the nation to hold the Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime. This makes it a perfect backdrop for The Mob Museum, an authentic view of the mob's impact on Las Vegas history. The Mob Museum presents the story from the perspective of both the organized crime syndicate and law enforcement. Visitors get to be part of the action through theater presentations and interactive environments. Visitors can shoot a simulated Tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes, and take part in FBI weapons training. The museum can also be booked for private events.

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Gondola Rides at the Venetian

O solo mio! You will be the recipient of a vocal performance as your personal gondolier (trained by masters in Venice, Italy) takes you on a trip you will never forget. These gondolas navigate the canals that run through the Grand Canal Shoppes located at the Venetian Hotel Casino. Reservations are required if you want a singing gondolier to take you on your journey.

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The Neon Museum

In a city famous for lights, it is nice to honor the old neon signs. This museum is located in downtown Las Vegas and though it is open all day, it is best viewed at night. See the Caesar's Palace sign in its full-color splendor, and catch a glimpse of the horse and rider from the old Hacienda Hotel. The museum often adds new items to this marvelous collection. Entrance is available as part of a guided tour only. Purchase tickets early for the later tours as they fill up quickly.

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Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Caesars Palace Hotel Casino was opened in 1966 on The Strip, and is the granddaddy of Vegas elegance. The 129,000-square-foot (11,984-square-meter) casino has the latest video and live games. You can find slot machines here that take up to USD500 tokens. There are several restaurants, including Sushi Roku, Restaurant Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck's Spago, and Rao's. The Laurel Collection rooms in the hotel offer extensive amenities including a private valet entrance, and direct access to the Garden of the Gods pool. You can also enjoy the Forum Shops, which offer some truly decadent shopping. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is often the site of spectacular concerts and thrilling sporting events.

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MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

One of the largest hotels in the world, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will overwhelm you with its size. Many rooms offer excellent views of the city. The hotel offers various dining choices, including Hakkasan Resetaurant, Shibuya, and Joël Robuchon. Catch a show and cool off at Wet Republic, a pool that serves as a daytime hangout and music venue. The hotel offers a lot of useful amenities including convention space, free internet access in guestrooms, and an airport shuttle service. A full range of gaming is available, from slot machines to table games, cards and a sports book.

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Paris Las Vegas

Half-scale versions of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe rise 50 stories above the Las Vegas Strip, drawing visitors into this resort. Each elegant guest room or suite is decorated in a French Regency style and is both opulent and comfortable. Guests will enjoy Le Boulevard district for their shopping pleasure. The Mandara Spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Two attractive wedding chapels are located on site. The hotel is connected to Bally's and MGM via a monorail system.

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Shark Reef

This truly amazing state-of-the art aquarium has sharks, alligators, monitor lizards, and other fascinating creatures living in more than 1,000,000 gallons (3,785,412 liters) of salt water at the Mandalay Bay Resort. Visitors will get to enjoy many different exhibits, including tanks of beautiful blue sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and eels. There is also a fantastic jellyfish exhibit with black lights that is sure to excite and amaze. This is a must-see attraction for the whole family.

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