Nicknamed Sin City, if you're of a nervous disposition, looking for a relaxing retreat or have an aversion to Elvis impersonators then a Las Vegas city break is not for you. But for those looking for roulette, flowing champagne and rock-star glamour: the bright lights and neon-chic of the 'world's entertainment capital' may be just what you're after.
Like Cairo, Las Vegas rises out the desert sands and features a Sphinx and Pyramid, but that is where the similarities end. You may have seen it in a movie, but nothing compares to being here. This is an all-American 24/7 city of extravagance where it's impossible to walk twenty paces without bumping into an Elvis-lookalike, seeing a signpost for a drive-through chapel or hearing the sound of a roulette wheel turning. But that's where the magic lies and that's why we love it.
Over 35 million people enjoy a city break in Las Vegas each year and most head straight for the legendary 'Strip', Las Vegas Boulevard South. It's here you'll find many of the city's most famous landmarks. The opulent Bellagio with its spectacular fountains, the MGM Mirage with its nightly volcanoes, Little White Wedding Chapel - where Britney got hitched - and the Wynn Las Vegas. Don't forget to stop to pose for a photograph next to the iconic 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas' sign, which stands 25ft tall!
Despite being in the middle of Nevada's Mojave Desert, you can take in some of the world's greatest sights in Sin City. Vegas has its own Luxor, its own Eiffel Tower, its own Caesar's Palace and its own Grand Canal where you can even hire a gondola.
There's plenty for the kids too. The entertainment offered on a Las Vegas city break is designed for everyone, not just bubbly-swigging slot-jockeys. There's theme parks with white-knuckle rollercoasters, aquariums, Madam Tussaud's, Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix, the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and much more; the possibilities are endless.
As long as you avoid spending too long at the slot machines, going to Las Vegas doesn't have to worry the bank manager too much. The city offers a vast, vast range of affordable hotels, 2-4-1 cocktail bars and all-you-can-eat buffet diners where you can chow down on BBQ prime-ribs big enough to feed every Elvis in the city.
In terms of dining and shopping, Las Vegas is world-class, in terms of nightlife it is peerless. Somewhere between NYC's Broadway and Ibiza, if there is a more dazzling array of A-list-bars, cocktail lounges, musicals and shows, casinos, pool parties and ultra-clubs, anywhere in the world, we are not aware of it. For the iconic nightlife experience head to 'The Strip' - just remember 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas'.
And if you do want to escape the hedonistic high life for a day, the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam are nearby. Viva Las Vegas!