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Las Vegas

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Craig Doyle
The bright lights of  Las Vegas came in at a respectable number 7.
Las Vegas, literal translation 'The Meadows' offers visitors just about everything except meadows!

A stroll along this sparkling fast-growing metropolis will take you past replicas of the Eiffel tower, Egyptian pyramids and ancient Roman palaces, all features of Las Vegas� various themed hotels. Each hotel seems more jaw-droppingly lavish and over the top than the last, and it would seem that moderation is not a word that is often used in Las Vegas.

The Strip at the centre of Las Vegas is a three and a half mile stretch of dazzling, unending decadence, illuminated day and night by miles of neon tubing and incandescent fibre optic lights.

As well as casinos, you will find excellent shopping and dining and spectacular shows.

Lovers in need of a quickie can take part in a drive through wedding and be back at the roulette table within an hour.

It is difficult to believe that this 'Entertainment Capital of the World' was not even recognised as an official town until 1905.

Prior to that it was little more than a barren and unforgiving desert valley, and for many years, strict anti-gambling laws meant that it was illegal even to flip a coin for the price of a drink.

Clearly, all that has changed, and Las Vegas now represents gambling, gambling and more gambling.

Those cynics that say that Las Vegas lacks spirituality, don�t realise that for those who worship money and greed, Las Vegas is the closest they will get to heaven on earth.

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Price: Flights about £300 return from London to Las Vegas, non-stop

Approx flight time: 11 hours to Las Vegas from London

  • the Strip and downtown Las Vegas use up more than 15,000 miles of lighted neon tubing
  • Vegas truly is a 24 hour city. At any time of the day or night you can hire an attorney, have carpets cleaned, pick up dry cleaning, shop for groceries, and get married
  • famous Las Vegas weddings - Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere, Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu, Billie Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie
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