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Las Vegas is the most populous city in the state of Nevada and hosted more than 41 million visitors in 2016.

Nearly 2.1 million of Nevada’s 2.8 million residents live in Clark County, which covers the Las Vegas metro area.┬ánd we mention these people – locals and visitors – because they (we) are key to southern Nevada’s cultures and economies.

Las Vegas is an excellent hub for nearby outdoor adventures. Nearby state parks include Red Rock and Valley of Fire. National Parks within three hours include Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Zion. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is 24 miles southeast of the city and in the winter there’s snow on the nearby Spring Mountains northwest of town (great to combine with a visit to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and Tule Springs National Monument). Further north is another brand-new national monument, Basin and Range. Closer to town (and Sam Boyd Stadium) is Clark County Wetlands Park. The city’s parks are exceptional.

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