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Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas is one of the most storied cities in the world. A hospitality giant, it boasts a century of unprecedented and unexpected growth … which came to a screeching halt in March 2020 with the COVID19 Stay at Home closure. For the first time since JFK’s funeral, casinos closed, this time not for a day but for months.

May 2020 – As the city, state, and country begin to reopen, everyone is a bit uncertain of how this will work. We’ll try our best to update Planeta coverage to reflect where things stand. Birthday celebration: May 15.

Google Maps
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Questions

  • What would locals like visitors to know about Las Vegas? = Qué les gustaría a la gente local que los visitantes saber de Las Vegas? = He aha ka ‘ike ko‘iko‘i a kūpono no nā malihini e kipa ana mai i Las Vegas?
  • Is bicycle valet offered anywhere?

Background
Vegas is the most populous city in the state of Nevada and hosted more than 41 million visitors in 2016. While some cities complain of overtourism, Las Vegas made it work for visitors and locals, the nearly 2.1 million of Nevada’s 2.8 million residents who live in Clark County, which covers the Las Vegas metro area and much of southern Nevada.

History
Indigenous groups include the Paiute are the traditional owners of this land.

As a city Las Vegas was founded on May 15, 1905 when 110 acres near Stewart/Garces/Main/Fifth (Las Vegas Boulevard) were auctioned. #HappyBirthdayVegas. For history buffs, Clark County Museum is a must. We are also partial to the Mob Museum, Natural History Museum, and Neon Museum.

Happy Birthday, Las Vegas

Recommendations
The upshot from north to south, west to east, there are some wonderful attractions and services in instagrammable settings long before Instagram and social web photography.

Downtown is a go-to for those keen on old Vegas, public outdoor art, and good value.

Strip – The strip requires a love or at minimum tolerance of crowds.

Henderson has its own pavillion, a Scandinavian bakery and some of the finest small libraries in the country.

Summerlin is a growing sports hub with City National Arena and the brand new Aviators stadium. Kudos to the designers of master-planned satellite communities.

Outdoors
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 and to the east, Gold Butte.

Closer to town (and Sam Boyd Stadium – the former Silver Dome) is Clark County Wetlands Park.

Parks
The city’s parks are exceptional.

Las Vegas’ City Parks and Nearby Natural Wonders

What is the time in Las Vegas?
timeanddate

2020 Twitter Moment
⚡️Las Vegas in the time of Coronavirus, COVID-19

Some of our fave places:

Favorite People and Places in Las Vegas

Recommended Listening

State of Nevada

The Las Vegas Sportsline

Elsewhere on the Web

Vital Vegas

Las Vegas Locally

Wikipedia
Las Vegas Valley

Places

Downtown Las Vegas

Henderson, Nevada

Summerlin

Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas News

Clark County, Nevada

Nevada

Essays

#VegasStronger

1 October Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strong #VegasStrong

Parks

Wetlands Park in Las Vegas

Cornerstone Park (Henderson, Nevada)

Las Vegas’ City Parks and Nearby Natural Wonders

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Valley of Fire State Park

Sports

Vegas Golden Knights

Baseball in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Raiders

Rugby in Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ Pinball Hall of Fame

Features

Las Vegas International

Marijuana = Cannabis

Prohibition

Ninth Island

Paiute

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Planeta.com

The Value of Place

Faces and Places

Cities

Grand Circle Travel in the USA

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