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Las Vegas, The City

Las Vegas, The City


Photo by Las Vegas News Bureau/LVCVA

With a population of 1.8 million and counting, Las Vegas/Clark County is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States and a perfect example of modern urban living.

Located in the nation's seventh-largest state, the city of Las Vegas (Spanish for "the meadows") was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1829 and first settled by a Mormon expedition in 1855. It has since become the world's premier vacation destination while at the same time developing into a first-class community offering families a high-quality standard of living.

Today, Las Vegas is the unquestioned hub of the scenic Southwest. Outdoors, the world-famous Hoover Dam, cited as one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the World, is visited by more than 1 million people each year. The dam's by-product, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, is annually host to 9 million visitors for year-round fishing, boating, camping and water sports launched along its 550 miles of shoreline.

Las Vegans can just as easily head to the surrounding mountains (Nevada means "snowcapped" in Spanish). Nearby Mt. Charleston offers picnicking, camping, snow skiing and cool temperatures all year long in a gorgeous setting from an elevation reaching as high as 12,000 feet.

World-class hiking and sight-seeing awaits those visiting Red Rock Canyon and The Valley of Fire State Park, located less than an hour from The Strip, which offers a beautiful view of deep red sandstone cliffs, Indian petroglyphs and desert wild flowers. Various other natural settings and climates are but a few hours drive away at Death Valley in California, Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks in Utah and the magnificent Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Indoors, Las Vegas offers unmatched excitement. A virtual marsh in prehistoric times, Las Vegas has developed the reputation of being the "Entertainment Capital of the World." With its combination of multi-million dollar production shows, top name stars, family oriented resort/theme parks and sports opportunities featuring more than 60 golf courses and various professional franchises and special events, the area is now known as the play land for the world.

LAS VEGAS FACTS
Las Vegas' annual average temperature is 66 degrees
294 days of sunshine each year
37.5 million visitors in 2008
17 of the 20 largest hotels in the world


Photo by Las Vegas News Bureau/LVCVA