Author’s note: Viva los slow adventures and responsible, conscious, local travel. As of April 2018, I am 60% pleased with the coverage of Las Vegas and surrounding environs (Las Vegas Land) from Planeta.com. There is room for improvement online as the features document real time changes and upgrades on the ground.
Las 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 is preparing to receive more visitors and locals.
Nearly 2.1 million of Nevada’s 2.8 million residents live in Clark County, which covers the Las Vegas metro area.
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Recommended places to visit in the city are downtown and the world-famous strip. The strip requires a love or at minimum tolerance of crowds. But this is mass tourism at its best. Quality attractions and services in instagrammable settings long before Instagram.
Downtown is a go-to for those keen on old Vegas, mural art and good value.
And there are places to enjoy the 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.
The city’s parks are exceptional.
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 Blvd.) were auctioned. #HappyBirthdayVegas. For history buffs, Clark County Museum is a must.
- What would locals like visitors to know about Las Vegas?
- Qué les gustaría a la gente local que los visitantes saber de Las Vegas?
Hawaiian: He aha ka ‘ike ko‘iko‘i a kūpono no nā malihini e kipa ana mai i Las Vegas?
(Literal translation: What is the required and appropriate knowledge for the newcomer visiting Las Vegas?)
- Who offers bicycle valet?
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