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Las Vegas - the Diamond of the Desert
Falling in love with Las Vegas is easy to do, after all it's "The Entertainment Capital of the World". Visitors love to enjoy luxurious hotels, unique shopping experiences, dazzling and unusual stage shows, first rate restaurants, and world class gaming. Of course, Las Vegas is also a golfer's paradise, with plenty of championship golf courses.
Away from the man-made excitement is a world of natural beauty unlike any other place on earth. Red Rock Canyon's unique rock formations are perfect for both the photographer and the rock climbing enthusiast. Mt. Charleston offers hiking, skiing, camping and all the wonderful sensations of the High Sierras. Lake Mead is perfect if you're into water sports.The Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire, and Death Valley are all short hops from the Strip.
Las Vegas: Year Round Fun in the Sun:
Low humidity along with ideal spring and fall temperatures make Las Vegas a great place to visit any time of the year. The average year round temperature is 80 degrees. Las Vegas is one of the sunniest cities in the United States -- with an average 320 days of sunshine per year and only 4.25 inches of rainfall.
Because of its high desert elevation (2,174 feet above sea level), the temperature range can be extreme. During the summer, daytime temperatures often reach 100 degrees. In the winter, the temperature may drop as low 33 degrees, although the average high is between 50 and 60 degrees. It rarely falls below freezing in Las Vegas. When it does, it is usually only in the early morning.
You can enjoy a wide variety of sports year round. Though the winter weather is less dependable than the spring or fall, the winter months are generally pleasant and well suited to outdoor activities. For example, you can water ski on Lake Mead in the morning and snow ski at Lee Canyon in the afternoon
From mid-May to mid-September, when the heat is most intense, you can swim, sun bathe, sail or water ski. Just make sure you have plenty of sun screen and a hat. It’s also an ideal time to head for Mt. Charleston where the average temperature is 20-25 degrees cooler than Las Vegas
Shows & Entertainment
Las Vegas has something for everyone including magic shows, comedy shows, production shows, musicals, adult shows and more.
Spectacular production shows including 7 Cirque Du Soleil shows, the popular Blue Man Group at the Venetian,the mysterious David Copperfield at MGM and permanent headline acts like Celine Dion, who brings the house down at Caesar's Palace. For the most up to date information check out vegas.com when planning your Vegas vacation. Discover why Las Vegas has earned teh reputation of "Entertainment Capital of the World".
Las Vegas: Ready. Set. Explore!
Four seasons of fun in Las Vegas? You bet! The Las Vegas area is a paradise for all kinds of recreational and sightseeing activities. Dozens of verdant and challenging golf courses beckon the golfer twelve months a year. Lake Mead's deep blue waters and 550 miles of shorelines are enjoyed by boaters, water skiers, swimmers, and people hoping to hook a trophy fish. The Colorado River offers unforgettable white water rafting. For hiking, rock climbing and outdoor photography there's Red Rock Canyon and Mt. Charleston. Skiers love Mt. Charleston and the many other ski slopes within a short drive of Las Vegas for their winter fun. Day tours to the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire and Death Valley are what memories are made of. And Hoover Dam isn't called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" for nothing.
Points of Interest
Death Valley National Park-----Covering 3,000 square miles of desert in both California and Nevada, Death Valley is the largest national park in the lower 48 states. Located less than two hours from Las Vegas, Death Valley offers breathtaking landscapes, colorful history and the lowest elevation point in the Western Hemisphere.
Floyd Lamb State Park-----Originally known as Tule Springs, this park was an early water stop for Native Americans. It later became a privately-owned working ranch, as well as a guest/dude ranch in the 1950s. Floyd Lamb Park has four stocked ponds, picnic areas, barbecues, scenic paths and volleyball and horseshoe facilities on 2,040 acres northwest of Las Vegas.
Grand Canyon National Park-----Located in northern Arizona, close to the borders of Utah and Nevada, this national park is home to the Grand Canyon, created some 5 million years ago and encompassing 1,904 square miles. The Colorado River, which flows through the canyon, drains water from seven states. Recreational pursuits are vast, including hiking, camping, biking and fishing. Commercial air carriers and tour buses serve visitors from the Las Vegas area.
Hoover Dam-----Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s at a cost of $160 million. The dam, located 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas on U.S. 93, turned the raging waters of the Colorado River into the still waters of Lake Mead. Government guides conduct various tours year-round.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area-----
As the largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Mead extends 110 miles up from Hoover Dam. The recreation area covers some 1.5 million acres, and attracts visitors for swimming, boating, skiing, fishing and camping. Fishing is open year-round, and anglers harvest large numbers of game fish each year.
Mount Charleston ----- Located 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Mount Charleston is situated among some 300,000 acres of forestland in the Las Vegas Ranger District. There are more than 200 campsites, 160 picnic areas and RV spaces available in the Mount Charleston area. The area includes 52 miles of hiking trails, with spectacular views, waterfalls and lots of wildlife. Recreational activities include hiking, horseback riding and snow skiing.
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park ----- The first permanent non-native settlers in the Las Vegas Valley were a group of Mormon missionaries who built an adobe fort along Las Vegas Creek in 1855. They successfully farmed the area by diverting water from the creek. Today, the park includes a remnant of the original adobe fort, which serves as a visitor center with interpretive displays.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area-----
Red rock formations and desert scenery attract thousands of bicycle enthusiasts to the 13-mile loop road that winds along the western border of the Las Vegas Valley. Other activities include rock climbing, hiking and auto touring.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park-----
Historic Spring Mountain Ranch is located within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, beneath the colorful cliffs of the magnificent Wilson Range. The many springs in these mountains provided water for Paiute Indians and later brought mountain men and early settlers to the area. This 520 acre oasis was developed into a combination working ranch and luxurious retreat by a string of owners who have given the area a long and colorful history.
Valley of Fire State Park-----Dedicated in 1935 as Nevada's first state park, this 56,000-acre wilderness area features colorful, extraordinary rock formations, Native American petroglyphs and year-round campsites.