From gambling and show girls to conventions to a place for families to what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas to hey let's buy a condo. But you know, Vegas is still all those things its great for business people, for singles, for families. And you know the center of it all has always been this road Las Vegas Boulevard, known simply as the strip. Once a dusty trail, the strip has come a long way since the Spanish explorers found an oasis in the desert and established the original settlement, but it wasnít until the 1930ís that Vegas grew by leaps and bounds with the construction of The Hoover Dam.
Itís real claim to fame was the influx of mafia gangsters like Bugsy Siegel who opened up lavish hotels and casinos. Huge resorts and theme parks followed, and today bring in more than 29 million visitors a year. It seems like half those people arrive at the airport when you do, and getting around Las Vegas gets harder and more crowded every year. Las Vegas is generally referred to in two parts, downtown or glitter gulch, is home to the old time hotels like the Golden Nugget and Freemont. This areaís been revitalized with the Fremont Street experience. The most popular area is called the strip, a 4 mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard lined with resorts and casinos, each one trying to outdo the next in order to draw the crowds ultimately, to the tables. The themes range in concept, but fantasy destinations have been a long time favorite.
With all the attractions here, itís no wonder most people want to come to Las Vegas at least once in their lifetime.