RESORT DISTRICT

Las Vegas, Nevada

Welcome to

Las Vegas

Las Vegas, located in southern Nevada near the Colorado River, is the largest city in the state. Discovered by Spanish explorers in 1829 and settled by Mormons in the 1850s, the area that would become Las Vegas developed as a stopping point for settlers on their way to California.

At the turn of the century, railroads helped grow the city, but the most significant development came in 1931, when gambling became legal in Nevada. Casinos and hotels sprung up in the downtown area; after World War II, “the strip” was created, with huge hotels, restaurants and entertainment and gambling complexes that lure vacationers and fortune seekers from both coasts. Las Vegas now has more hotel rooms than any city in the world, and 19 of the world’s 20 largest hotels. Those looking to visit should have no problems finding a travel agent that is well equipped to highlight all that Las Vegas has to offer. With no city or state taxes and new hotels constantly creating jobs, Las Vegas attracts young transplants seeking fortunes from its bustling economy.

Though not known for its culture, Las Vegas is home to the Las Vegas Art Museum, a branch of the Guggenheim Museum and large collections of Picassos and other top artists on display in hotel lobbies. More in keeping with the city’s lowbrow reputation are the Elvis-a-Rama Museum, the Guinness World of Records Museum and the Liberace Museum. Musical entertainment is available nightly up and down the strip, and not just cheesy hotel-run extravaganzas. The biggest acts in rock and pop music make Las Vegas an important stop on their tours.

DISTRICT EXPERT

Danny Becker

Danny has lived and worked in Aspen for nearly 20 years and owned his home here for the past 15. He understands the market from both professional and personal points of view; plus he takes full advantage of the active lifestyle this special community affords.

THINGS TO DO

Area Highlights

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Outdoors

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon features a one-way 13-mile scenic drive, hiking and trails, plants and wildlife, geology, camping, cultural resources and much more. Our Visitor Center offers information and interpretation about recreation opportunities. The facility also features indoor and outdoor exhibits and a book and gift store.

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The Beaten Path

Las Vegas Strip

Lined with upscale casino hotels, the neon-soaked Strip is quintessential Las Vegas. As well as gambling floors, the vast hotel complexes house a variety of shops, restaurants (ranging from mainstream to high-end), and performance venues for music, comedy and circus-style acts. Attractions like the soaring, choreographed Fountains of Bellagio and the High Roller observation wheel draw crowds.

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Sports

Sports & Leisure

The Las Vegas 51s, a triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, play minor league baseball north of the city at 9,000-seat Cashman Field. Las Vegas frequently hosts championship and high-profile boxing matches, usually at Caesar’s Palace. Just off the strip, UNLV has one of the country’s top college basketball programs. Las Vegas Motor Speedway, just northeast of the city, holds several NASCAR events each year.