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You probably have a digital camera -- either one specifically made for taking pictures, or attached to your smart phone. When you're in Las Vegas, there are plenty of places to put it to good use, with its neon lights and famous boulevard. Book your trip and stroll the Strip, because there's a photo op around just about every corner.
No visit to Vegas would be complete without a stop at the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign. Located on the south end of the Strip, it's one of the most recognizable signs in the world and also one of the most copied. The original designer, Betty Willis, created the sign in 1959 and never copyrighted it. It's the reason why you'll find this sign, or a version of it, everywhere from T-shirts to mugs to beach towels. So when you're here, get your picture with the real thing.
Romance is in the air when you arrive at Paris Las Vegas. The hotel's focal point is a 1/2 size replica of the Eiffel Tower, with its 11th floor restaurant with stunning view of the lights below. Of course, don't miss the elevator ride to the top - at 460 feet, you'll experience a perfect panoramic 360-degree view of Las Vegas. For more great photo ops, don't miss The Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, The Paris Opera House, and the Alexander III Bridge-all reproduced to the smallest detail.
Those seeking vintage Vegas will enjoy the downtown area known as Fremont Street. Although there are plenty of classic Vegas hotels here, you can't miss modern technology at its best with the world's largest LED canopy of light. With more than 12 million lights, the overhead canopy displays music videos and special light shows nightly. Make your trip to Fremont Street's Viva Vision show at night and you'll be amazed that it's as bright as day when the lights are on!
The Mirage Volcano has been erupting for more than 20 years, and now produces flames that are hotter and larger than ever, with a new fire lagoon feature. The creators have installed dozens of fire cannons under water that will explode on command. The effect is a choreographed fountain of fire and scored to the vibrant music of Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart.
Just take a stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard and you'll get a glimpse of the world. It's the most recognizable street in the world and you'll see first hand Bellagio's fountains, New York's famed skyline, Luxor's great pyramid, Venetian waterways and squares and secluded lakeside shows at Wynn Las Vegas.
For more scenic shots, take a quick trip to Lake Mead where you can see the famous Hoover Dam. A quick 30-minute drive from the heart of Vegas, the Hoover Dam will amaze you with its size and commanding presence.
You already know about everything there is to do indoors in Las Vegas, but what about the great outdoors? Las Vegas has lots to do around the city with its breathtaking landscape and exhilarating activities and it's a great time to go hiking or take a scenic drive.
Start with a tour of the historic Hoover Dam. You'll go inside one of America's most phenomenal structures and see how it was constructed. For a different kind of scenery, spend a day at glorious Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This national recreation area is a photographer's dream with ruby red rock formations, rolling hills, and winding roads throughout the 13 mile journey. For the adventurous check out various challenging hiking trails to Ice Box Canyon, La Madre Springs, Keystone Thrust, or Turtlehead Peak. Red Rock Resort and the Suncoast Hotel are great jumping off points for a day of outdoor adventure, and an even better place to come back to relax!
For more outdoor fun, you can enjoy spectacular hiking and recreation at Valley of Fire or hit the lodge at Mount Charleston or take a helicopter tour and see the fabulous Las Vegas Strip or the Grand Canyon like you never have before.
For other great Las Vegas activities and attractions, both indoors and outdoors, check out LasVegas.com.
Memorial Day is the official start to grilling season and sunny skies -- and in Las Vegas you can head to the great outdoors for both! After a fun-filled evening in Las Vegas, plan some day trips to the national parks surrounding the city. There's something for the adventurous and the not-so-adventurous and it's all just miles from the center of town; so pack up the station wagon - Clark Griswold style - and head to Vegas!
Head due West and spend the day at Red Rock National Conservation Area. Just minutes from Red Rock Resort, The Suncoast, and JW Marriott, this outdoor wonderland spans 197,000 acres, has a 13-mile scenic loop drive, and over 30 miles of hiking trails. Picnic and grilling areas, cycling, hiking, climbing and horseback riding are available throughout! Further North, Mt. Charleston Recreation Area is a hiker's paradise with towering pine trees, rivers, waterfalls, trails and the scenic Resort at Mt. Charleston and Mt. Charleston Lodge.
For the adrenaline-junkies, rent a dune buggy from a huge fleet of custom off road vehicles at Sun Buggy Fun Rentals. Just miles from North Las Vegas, explore 15,000 acres of off-road desert terrain before heading back to Vegas where you can relax and rejuvenate in a world-class spa treatment.
If you're staying in the Southern part of the valley, near The M Resort, Fiesta Henderson, or the South Point Resort, it's just a short drive to the spectacular Hoover Dam. This national historic spot offers a dramatic view of the Colorado River, Lake Mead Recreation Area and the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, towering 900ft above the canyon floor! It opens in November for driving traffic, but the view today of construction is fascinating in itself.
Enjoy a relaxing day boating at Lake Mead or spend a tranquil day at the lakeside beach at Lake Las Vegas. Aston Montelago Village is a Mediterranean-inspired walking neighborhood with boutique stores, unique restaurants and the spectacular Lowes Lake Las Vegas Resort. Aim for par on the Jack Nicklaus designed South Shore Golf Club or check out more than 60 top-rated championship golf courses city-wide.
You may not find Wally World here, but we do have Wally Eastwood - the world's fastest juggler. Catch him and the best variety acts in the country at "V The Ultimate Variety Show" at Planet Hollywood. And for the best in entertainment, check out the current lineup of A-list shows, or enjoy a pre-show dinner at an award-winning restaurant. It's all part of a spectacular Memorial Day Las Vegas weekend. And now you can plan your trip and check rates and availability online and ensure you get the best deals in town!
P.S. (don't forget Aunt Edna, I hear she loves our buffets)