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    Legendary City in the desert

    Immortalised in the Johnny Depp film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S Thompson’s portrayal of the city is a nightmarish hunt for the American dream. In The Hangover, Hollywood offers the clichéd centre of excess, complete with drunken marriages and AWOL grooms. But today’s Vegas is something a little different from the image of tackiness and debauchery that it embodied for decades, with a wave of

    gourmet restaurants, luxury shops and more sophisticated hotels sweeping through the fabled Strip. The gleaming neon Sin City in the middle of Nevada desert will always be the archetypal symbol of decadence, pivoting around 24-hour casinos and strip joints. It’s just that now there’s a glut of elegant ways to blow your cash here, too.

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    Bellagio

    3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
    NV 89109 Las Vegas
    USA
    Tel: 888 987 6667
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    In the heart of the Strip, the Bellagio’s 1,200 fountains are choreographed to Elvis and Sinatra songs. The epic-in-scale hotel features a salon, spa, botanical gardens and more, and is one of Vegas’ icons.

    Hoover Dam

    Hoover Dam
    Las Vegas
    USA
    Tel: 702 494 2517
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700

    The desert city of Las Vegas was nothing before the Hoover Dam was constructed in the 1930s. An impressive feat of engineering, it lies in the astounding Black Canyon.

    The Strip

    Las Vegas Boulevard South
    Las Vegas
    USA
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    Any trip to Vegas must start with a walk down the length of glittering Strip, where a miniature Eiffel Tower, fake New York and pyramids all jostle for your attention.

    Cirque du Soleil

    3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
    NV 89119 Las Vegas
    USA
    Tel: 877 632 7400
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    Billed as the greatest show on Earth, Cirque du Soleil has some of its most compelling work in Vegas, most recently Michael Jackson: One.

    Fremont Street Experience

    425 Fremont Street
    NV 89101 Las Vegas
    USA
    Tel: 877 834 2748
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    Take a step back into the old classic Vegas with Fremont, a pedestrianised mall that once contained the city’s first hotel and now has various attractions, including spectacular light shows.

    Neon Museum

    770 Las Vegas Boulevard North
    NV 89101 Las Vegas
    USA
    Tel: 702 387 6366
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    A fascinating sign collection telling the story of Vegas over the decades. With the city’s constant thirst for novelty, this museum is almost all that remains of the neon past.

    Lake Mead Cruise

    Lake Mead
    Boulder City, Nevada
    USA
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    An oasis in the desert beyond Vegas, Lake Mead came into existence when the Hoover Dam was first built in the Colorado River, and can be enjoyed by pleasant cruise.

    Valley of Fire

    29450 Valley of Fire Road
    NV 89040 Overton
    USA
    Tel: 702 397 2088
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    Flying into Vegas on a clear day shows you a gorgeous fiery red landscape, calling to mind westerns. Get out and see one of the finest spots, the Valley of Fire, about an hour’s drive from the city.

    Qua Spa at Caesar’s Palace

    3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
    NV 89109 Las Vegas
    USA
    Tel: 866 782 0655
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0600-2000

    It’s worth visiting this spa just to see the staggering faux Roman baths, but there’s also an incredible range of luxurious treatments on offer.

    Contemporary Arts Center

    1217 South Main Street
    NV 89104 Las Vegas
    USA
    Tel: 702 496 0569
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    Opening times:
    Thu-Fri 1400-1700
    Sat-Sun 1200-1800

    This non-profit arts group in fascinating Downtown is at odds with most of Vegas’ rampant consumerism.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.

    Geography

    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Key facts

    Population: 317297725

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.

    Language

    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).

    Currency

    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 20. January 2014
    Presidents’ Day: 17. February 2014
    Memorial Day: 26. May 2014
    Independence Day: 04. July 2014
    Labour Day: 01. September 2014
    Columbus Day: 13. October 2014
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2014
    Thanksgiving Day: 17. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 19. January 2015
    Presidents’ Day: 16. February 2015
    Memorial Day: 25. May 2015
    Independence Day: 04. July 2015
    Labour Day: 07. September 2015
    Columbus Day: 12. October 2015
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2015
    Thanksgiving Day: 26. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Las Vegas
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    What to say of Sin City’s fabled nightlife? Apart from the countless strip joints and all-night casino bars, there are some

    incredibly glamorous clubs and more relaxed lounge-type options. There are also nightly shows by world-famous stars.

    XS

    3121 S Las Vegas Blvd
    NV 89109 Las Vegas
    USA
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    Renowned for Prince Harry’s infamous night there, XS is perhaps the most opulent, gold-plated nightclub ever built.

    The Peppermill’s Fireside

    2985 Las Vegas Boulevard South
    NV 89109 Las Vegas
    USA
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    A blast from the past, this bar is worth visiting for a glimpse of what Vegas was like in the 1970s – especially with its water-filled fire pit.

    Tryst

    3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard
    NV 89109 Las Vegas
    USA
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    A sexy, stylish nightclub in the Wynn, Tryst draws top DJs for its packed parties – it’s best to reserve a table.

    Barley's Casino & Brewing Company

    4500 East Sunset Road
    NV 89014 Henderson, Nevada
    USA
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    Craft beer in Vegas? Everything’s possible here – head off-Strip and get served by master brewer Jef ‘Bubba’ Amas, who runs Vegas’ oldest microbrewery.

    TAO

    3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
    NV 89109 Las Vegas
    USA
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    As well as being a much-loved restaurant and ‘beach’ venue, TAO is one of Vegas’ oldest clubs. Look out for the colossal Buddha – you can’t exactly miss it.

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    Restaurants in Las Vegas
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    The days of all-you-can-eat buffets and greasy 24-hour diners aren’t exactly over, but they’re being increasingly crowded out by higher-end options.

    Today, some of the world’s biggest gastronomic names are in Sin City, where it’s now possible to dine in exquisite style.

    miX by Alain Ducasse

    3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    Apart from fine food by one of the world’s best chefs, this classy restaurant offers unbeatable views of the Strip from atop Mandalay Bay.

    Restaurant Guy Savoy

    Caesars Palace Dr
    Las Vegas, NV
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    With the city’s best wine cellar and excellent veal and oyster dishes, this restaurant deserves its two Michelin stars (one behind Savoy’s Paris original).

    Joël Robuchon Restaurant

    3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
    NV 89109 Las Vegas
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    Named ‘chef of the century’ by the Gault Millau guide, Robuchon offers up his one and only restaurant in the USA. Be sure to try the legendary truffled langoustine.

    Noodles

    3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    The best Asian food to be had in Vegas, this sleek restaurant in the Bellagio boasts a menu mixing Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai dishes.

    The Steakhouse

    2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South
    NV 89109 Las Vegas
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    Circus Circus isn’t the most glamorous of Vegas hotels, but its classic steakhouse is the best value in town with delicious, tender cuts.

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    Las Vegas Bikefest

    2 – 5 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Cashman Center/various.

    With a reputation as one of the biggest and best bike events in the country, the Las Vegas Bikefest doesn’t disappoint. From Harleys to Hondas, bike buffs are able to see all manner of wheeled machines on display at this fun event. Events include live music, a ‘Miss & Mr Las Vegas BikeFest competition’, the World’s Strongest Biker competition, poker tournaments and live entertainment. There are also plenty of food and drink vendors in attendance and anyone wanting to pick up some goodies should head to the special Vendor Village to visit some of the many exhibitors.

    Best in the Desert

    10 – 12 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Off-road from Las Vegas to Reno.

    A 480km (300-mile) desert and mountain race from Las Vegas to Reno, over a three-day period, in the longest off-road car race in the country. If the idea of souped-up autos tearing through the desert sounds like your kind of thing, you’ll be in luck.

    Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball

    31 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: South Point Hotel & Casino.

    Dubbed one of five events to see before you die by Maxim magazine, the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball is an unusual, wild and exciting event. Erotic stage performances, incredible lasers and lights, world-class DJs, a costume contest, vendors, a huge dance floor, a separate old school dance area, stilt walkers and monsters all add to the overall mood. This is a scary, naughty and fun Halloween celebration. Over 21s only.

    Fremont Street Experience New Year's Eve Party

    31 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Fremont Street.

    Las Vegas’ famous entertainment strip, the Fremont Street Experience, hosts its annual New Year’s Eve bash to welcome in the New Year. The complex’s 10 casinos, 10,000 slot machines, 60 restaurants and numerous bars join forces to lay on a celebration to remember. Attracting an estimated 300,000 visitors, this is one of the biggest New Year celebrations in the region and provides all the thrills and spills you’d expect from this famous desert oasis, including one of the largest fireworks displays in the state.

    Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival

    25 – 26 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Clark County Government Amphitheatre.

    Running for over 20 years, the annual City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival is a weekend showcase of some of the country’s leading jazz and R & B acts. Craft and food vendors add to the atmosphere.

    Bullhead City River Regatta

    9 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Bullhead City

    An annual extravaganza that sees thousands of participants descend on the River Colorado in a motley fleet of inner tubes, kayaks, floats and canoes, the regatta has become one of the most colourful events on the region’s calendar. Theme change annually.

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    Hotels in Las Vegas
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    Never staying the same for long, Las Vegas has gradually been reducing its tacky image in recent years, with the hotels growing ever larger, more extravagant – and, believe it or not,

    more sophisticated. Cheap options abound, but staying away from the Strip in a motel defeats the purpose of Vegas.

    Mandarin Oriental

    3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South
    NV 89109 Las Vegas
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    Opened in 2009, the palatial Mandarin is an example of the shift towards more sophistication in the resort hotels.

    Caesar’s Palace

    3570 S Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    With six towers overlooking the Strip, Caesar’s Palace is one of the most iconic hotels in Vegas with a history dating back to 1960s.

    Mandalay Bay

    The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
    89119 Las Vegas, NV
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    Opened shortly before the Millennium, Mandalay features the Cirque du Soleil and some of the city’s best restaurants, including Alain Ducasse.

    Treasure Island

    3300 Las Vegas Boulevard South
    NV 89109 Las Vegas
    USA
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    Category: Cheap

    Although originally planned as an extension to Mirage, Treasure Island is very much its own entity and one of the few family-friendly hotels in Las Vegas.

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    90°F / 63°F

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    Climate & best time to visit United States of America

    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    Jan26 °C-13 °C14 °C0 °C44 %12 mm27.9 h
    Feb30 °C-8 °C17 °C3 °C38 %12 mm28.7 h
    Mar34 °C-7 °C20 °C6 °C33 %11 mm210.2 h
    Apr37 °C0 °C25 °C10 °C24 %6 mm111.5 h
    May42 °C1 °C31 °C15 °C21 %7 mm112.5 h
    Jun46 °C8 °C37 °C20 °C16 %3 mm113.4 h
    Jul47 °C13 °C41 °C24 °C21 %9 mm212.6 h
    Aug46 °C12 °C39 °C23 °C25 %12 mm211.9 h
    Sep45 °C6 °C34 °C19 °C25 %8 mm111.2 h
    Oct37 °C-3 °C27 °C12 °C28 %5 mm19.8 h
    Nov31 °C-9 °C19 °C5 °C36 %12 mm18.2 h
    Dec25 °C-11 °C14 °C1 °C44 %10 mm27.6 h
    year47 °C-13 °C26 °C12 °C30 %107 mm1810.5 h

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1

    Telephone

    For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

    Mobile Telephone

    Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer internet access too.

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    Shopping in Las Vegas
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    Key Areas

    The Strip is the epicentre of consumerism where you’ll find Dior and Louis Vuitton rubbing shoulders with high-street chains. Head Downtown and down-to-earth for a rather different shopping experience.

    Markets

    There aren’t exactly many markets in the traditional sense in Sin City. However, there’s always the expansive and colourful Broad Acres flea market (2934 Las Vegas Boulevard North) with many a relic from nights that went too far. You might also visit Bonanza Mini Market, perhaps the world’s biggest gift shop (2440 Las Vegas Boulevard South), though novelty souvenirs are more or less the order of the day here.

    Shopping Centres

    A kind of space-age shopping experience, Fashion Show Mall (3200 Las Vegas Boulevard South) is the biggest of the city’s roster. But The Boulevard Mall (3528 South Maryland Parkway) is worth checking out for being the oldest.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.

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