Las Vegas Living - Places - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Las Vegas has many neighborhoods, entertainment venues, museums, and other places with Web sites
  • Sites: Places such as parks, buildings, public gardens and zoos, notable buildings, libraries, interesting places; see also the listings for Casinos, Venues, Museums, Neighborhoods, Dining, and Housing; see Activities for cultural centers
    • Arts Factory: Arts complex; collection of artists, architects, photographers, graphic designers, and galleries
    • Buildings: Emporis coverage of Las Vegas buildings; Skycrapers, architecture, buildings, real estate, and construction news; from Emporis databases on buildings and the real-estate industry
    • CVB: Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
    • Ethel M: Chocolates; Chocolate Factory and 1 hectare Botanical Cactus Garden; Henderson
    • Fashion Show: Mall; over 250 shops including Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard's, Neiman Marcus, Robinsons-May, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale's Home
    • Hoover Dam: Dam on the Colorado River; 50 km southeast from downtown; US Department of the Interior
    • Lake Mead: Lake Mead National Recreation Area; 48 km southeast of Las Vegas; Lake Mead, at 640 sq km, is the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the US and is formed by Hoover Dam on the Colorado River; ecosystem is blend of the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran Desert; National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management
    • Libraries List: List of area libraries; provided by Libweb; gives link to official Web site and information link; includes academic, public, and special libraries
    • Library CC: Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
    • Mt Charleston: Spring Mountains National Recreation Area; about 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas; Middle Kyle Canyon, Mount Charleston Peak (3,633 meters), Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, campgrounds, picnic areas, and trails; formerly called Charleston Forest Reserve in 1906; part of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (2.5 megahectare forest throughout NV and CA)
    • Neonopolis: Entertainment complex on Fremont St; restaurants, shops, movies
    • Old Mormon Ft: Old Vegas Mormon State Historic Park; Mormon settlers made a fort here in 1855; downtown Las Vegas at Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue
    • Parks Co: Clark County Parks and Recreation
    • Red Rock: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area; 20 km west of Las Vegas; 800 km2 in the Mojave Desert; red sandstone peaks; Bureau of Land Management
    • Springs Preserve: 180 hectares west of downtown Las Vegas; formerly known as Big Springs; museums, gardens, trails, restored structures
    • Vegas T&T: Vegas Today and Tomorrow; news, maps, plans, renderings of resort, condo and other projects; also maps, interesting facts, and a very useful "Who owns What" map
    • Zoo: Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park; 1.2 hectares; over 150 species
  • Neighborhoods: Areas of town with a distinct identity or official status as a business improvement district (BID), neighborhood association, or other designation
    • City List: Find Neighborhood Associations; interactive map
    • Neighborhood Link: searchable directory of neighborhoods and clubs; find local neighborhood, club, and organization information
    • Orgs: Neighborhood Organizations; Las Vegas Review-Journal
    • Profiles: Las Vegas Review-Journal; overview of neighborhoods including schools, crime, and news
    • Freemont St: historic Freemont Street; covered pedestrian street area connecting downtown casinos
  • Venues: Places for performances, concerts, athletics, conventions, tradeshows, gatherings; also, many casinos offer conference and meeting facilities as well as performance spaces big and small
    • Alladin Th: 7,000-seat Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts; at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
    • Convention Ctr: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; operates the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center; LV Convention Center is 30 hectares; also Sands Expo Convention Center, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Cox Pavilion, Henderson Convention Center, Thomas & Mack Center
    • Grand Grdn: 17,000-seat Grand Garden Arena; concerts, championship boxing and premier special events; MGM Grand
    • Mandalay Bay EC: 12,000-seat Events Center
    • Orleans Arena: 9,000-seat arena
    • Sands Expo: Sands Expo and Convention Center; 16 hectares of meeting and event space; tradeshows; near Venetian resort-hotel-casino
    • Sam Boyd Stadium: Sports stadium; Owned and operated by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    • Smith Ctr: Performing Arts Center in development, not yet constructed; a multi-facility performing arts center; site in Union Park
    • The Joint: 1,400-seat concert hall; Hard Rock Hotel
    • Thomas&Mack: Thomas & Mack Center; Cox Pavilion; on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Museums: Displays of objects; includes planned educational activities related to art, history, culture, or science
    • Art Bellagio: Bellagio Gallery Of Fine Art; exhibitions of artworks and objects drawn from museums and private collections
    • Art Donna Beam: Fine Art Gallery; at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; exhibitions throughout the year
    • Art LvAM: Las Vegas Art Museum; continuous schedule of fine-arts exhibitions; since January 1997 located at Sahara West Library/Fine Arts Museum; affiliated with the Smithsonian Museum
    • Art Wynn: Wynn Collection of Fine Art; at Wynn Las Vegas; displays paintings from Steve Wynn's private collection, including masterpieces by Picasso, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Matisse
    • Atomic Testing: The story of atomic testing in the area
    • Autos: Imperial Palace Auto Collection; classic and antique cars
    • Barrick Museum: Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History; collections covering cultures, reptiles, birds, and insects
    • Casino Legends: Casino Legends Hall of Fame Museum; Tropicana; showcases entertainers and gambling artifacts
    • Children's: Lied Discovery Children's Museum; hands-on exhibits in the arts, sciences and humanities, a Traveling Exhibition Gallery, an Early Childhood Pavilion, and an eight-story Science Tower
    • Clark Co: Clark County Museums; includes information on the Clark County Museum, the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum at McCarran International Airport, and the Searchlight Museum
    • King Tut: Reproduction of King Tutankhamun's tomb; in the Luxor Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
    • Liberace: Entertainer's collection; jewelry, rare antiques, wardrobe, pianos, and custom car collection; celebrates the life of Walter Valentino Liberace, May 16, 1919 - February 4, 1987
    • Mob: National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement; presents displays about organized crime
    • Natural History: Las Vegas Natural History Museum; natural sciences, both past and present
    • Neon: Neon Museum; collects, preserves, studies and exhibits neon signs and associated artifacts
    • Nevada: Nevada State Museum & Historical Society; history, pre-history, and natural history of Nevada
    • Wax Tussauds: Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Wax Museum; entertainment and sports personalities as portrayed in wax
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    • -Casino Hotels-: Hotel rooms; available at most casinos
    • Cruzino: Casino and Hotels; descriptions, reviews, reservations online
    • Hotel Res Ctr: Las Vegas Hotel Reservation Center; hotels, shows, tours, golf, wedding chapels and car rentals;
    • i4Vegas: Discount Las Vegas Hotels; hotel information and photographs, rates, availability, and reservations
    • Pet B&B: Pets Bed and Breakfast; accommodations for dogs and cats; personalized pet services; dog suites
    • -USA Housing-: National lodging and housing directories; there are national directories you can use to locate area lodging or housing
  • Dining: Find a place to eat in Las Vegas; the many casinos have notable as well as lower-priced and convenient restaurants
    • LVRJ: Las Vegas Review-Journal; Dining section; covers sections including brunches, buffets, catering, coffee, wine, and smoke free
    • NVRA: Nevada Restaurant Association; member restaurants; directory by city or type of establishment with links to establishment Web site where available
    • Taste: Taste of Vegas; dining guide and reviews, feature stories, interviews, news, notes
    • Buffet Rank: User-contributed rankings and comments; from the RateLasVegas.com site
    • -USA Dining-: National Dining directories; you can use this link to locate restaurants in the area that may not be listed in the local guides
  • Casinos: Gambling and entertainment complexes; many have amenities such as restaurants, hotels, theaters with shows, conference/convention/meeting centers, architectural attractions, recreation, and special displays like fountains or museums; most of the largest ones are on The Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard South, outside the city limits of Las Vegas in Winchester and Paradise); this list is of prominent casinos; for longer lists and sources consulted used for this information, see the links at the end of this casinos list
    • Bally's: Classic Las Vegas theme; opened 1973 (as MGM Grand Hotel); Harrah's Entertainment-owned
    • Barbary Coast: Victorian theme; opened 1979; Boyd Gaming-owned
    • Bellagio: Italian resort theme; AAA Five Diamond Award; Bellagio Fountains; Bellagio Gallery Of Fine Art; Via Bellagio shopping; 3 hectare outdoor lake; named after Bellagio resort in Italy; opened in 1998; MGM Mirage-owned
    • Binions: Vintage Las Vegas theme; former site of World Series of Poker; downtown; opened 1951 as Binion's Horseshoe; formerly El Dorado Club and Apache Hotel
    • Caesars Palace: Ancient Rome theme; Forum Shops; opened 1966; Harrah's Entertainment-owned
    • California: Hawaiian theme; downtown; opened 1975; Boyd Gaming-owned
    • Circus Circus: Free circus acts; Adventuredome theme park; RV Park; opened 1968; MGM Mirage-owned
    • CityCenter: in-development mixed-use urban project; 30 hectare site, 365 meters along the Strip; resort-casino estimated for 3,438 rooms and 564 suites; $7 billion project; MGM Mirage-owned
    • Cosmopolitan: on the strip
    • Downtown Grand: industrial chic
    • El Cortez: Historic; downtown; much of the historic main building the same as it was in 1941 when it opened
    • Excalibur: Medieval theme; Merlin vs. Dragon battle; opened in 1990; MGM Mirage-owned
    • Fitzgeralds: Irish theme; downtown; opened 1987; formerly Sundance
    • Flamingo: Caribbean theme; Wildlife habitat; opened 1946 (Bugsy Siegel); Harrah's Entertainment-owned
    • Fremont: Downtown; opened 1956 as tallest building in the state of Nevada; Boyd Gaming-owned
    • Four Queens: New Orleans motif; downtown; Queen's Machine big slot machine; opened 1955
    • Gold Coast: West of strip; 70-lane bowling alley; opened 1986; Boyd Gaming-owned
    • Golden Gate: Downtown, 19th century motif; famous shrimp cocktail; opened 1906 as Nevada Hotel and was Sal Sagev Hotel
    • Golden Nugget: Downtown elegance theme; world's largest golden nugget; opened 1946
    • Hard Rock Las Vegas: Music theme; The Joint 1,400-seat showroom; opened 1995
    • Harrah's: Carnival theme; formerly Holiday Casino; Harrah's Entertainment-owned
    • Hilton: hotel-casino; next to LV Convention Center; opened 1969 as International Hotel
    • Hooters: Breast theme; opened 2006; renovation of the Hotel San Remo
    • Imperial Palace: Asian theme; auto collection; opened 1980; formerly Flamingo Capri; Harrah's Entertainment-owned
    • Luxor: Ancient Egypt theme; shaped as 106-meter pyramid in black glass with a 41.5 Tcd beam of light; King Tut's tomb replica; IMAX, RA Nightclub; opened 1993; MGM Mirage-owned
    • Main St Station: Hotel, Casino, and Brewery; reopened 1996; Boyd Gaming-owned
    • Mandalay Bay: Island theme; Shark Reef Aquarium;sand beach; 12,000-seat events center; opened 1999; MGM Mirage-owned
    • MGM Grand: Hollywood theme; 1.5 hectare casino; 17,000-seat Grand Garden Arena; over 5,000 rooms; Lion Habitat; opened 1993; MGM Mirage-owned
    • Mirage: South Seas theme; erupting volcano, White Tiger Habitat, Dolphin Habitat, The Secret Garden; opened 1989; MGM Mirage-owned
    • Monte Carlo: Old Europe theme; AAA Four Diamond rating; opened 1996; MGM Mirage-owned
    • New Frontier: Western theme; Gilley's Mechanical Bull; Walk of Stars out front; reopened 1998 as New Frontier; formerly Pair O’Dice, Last Frontier, New Frontier, and Frontier
    • NY-NY: New York City-theme; Manhattan Express rollercoaster; replicas of NYC landmarks including Empire State Building, State of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge; opened 1997; MGM Mirage-owned
    • Orleans: Mardi Gras theme; 9,000-seat arena; bowling; movies; opened 1998; Boyd Gaming-owned
    • Palms: West of strip; Rain nightclub; opened 2001
    • Palace Station: Locals casino; off-strip; opened 1984; Station Casinos
    • Paris: French theme; Eiffel Tower half-scale replica; opened 1999; Harrah's Entertainment-owned
    • Planet Hollywood: Hollywood theme; Desert Passage shops; 7,000-seat Alladin Theater; opened 1963 (as Tally-Ho), imploded, reopened 2000; formerly Aladdin
    • Plaza: Vintage Las Vegas; downtown; opened 1971 as "Union Plaza;" formerly Jackie Gaughan's Plaza, Union Plaza, Union Hotel; former site of Amtrak's Las Vegas station for the Desert Wind (Amtrak no longer serves Las Vegas); present site of Greyhound bus
    • Railroad Pass: Railroad motif; established 1931; Henderson; MGM Mirage-owned
    • Rio: Brazilian Carnival / Mardi Gras theme; opened 1990; Harrah's Entertainment-owned
    • Riviera: Nostalgic Las Vegas; Convention Center; opened 1955
    • Sahara: Moroccan theme; NASCAR Cafe; Speed rollercoaster; opened 1952; formerly Club Bingo
    • Sam's Town: Locals casino/Boulder Highway; RV park, bowling; opened 1979; Boyd Gaming-owned
    • South Coast: Mediterranean style; southern part of Las Vegas; Equestrian Center; opened 2005
    • Station: Casinos throughout metro area; Palace Station, Boulder Station, Texas Station, Sunset Station, Santa Fe Station, Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino, Fiesta Rancho, Wildfire Casino, Wild Wild West
    • Stratosphere: 350-meter tower; rollercoaster on top of it; reopened 1996; formerly Vegas World
    • Suncoast: West Las Vegas; 81 holes of golf; opened 2000; Boyd Gaming-owned
    • Treasure Island: Caribbean theme; AAA Four-Diamond Award; Bucaneers Bay Sirens show; opened 1993; MGM Mirage-owned
    • Tropicana: Tropical theme; 2 hectare waterpark; Comedy Stop at the Trop; opened 1957
    • Venetian: Venice theme; Guggenheim Hermitage Museum; Doge's Palace, Rialto Bridge, Campanile Tower replicas; Madame Tussaud's; opened 1999; formerly Sands Hotel
    • Wynn: Euro-modern theme; luxury sports cars; art collection; 3.7 megaliter water-oriented theater; opened 2005; formerly Desert Inn
    • -LVRJ list-: The Las Vegas Review-Journal List; shows establishment, type (hotel or casino or both) and location; link on name takes you to summary of features
    • -UNLV list-: UNLV Architecture Studies Library list; shows facility name, prior names, location, and architect and owner, cost, and number of rooms and floors; useful for seeing the history of the properties--the name changes, sales, and additions
    • -VegasCI list-: Las Vegas Casino Info; directory of casinos put together by Rob LoBue, a self-avowed "Vegas fanatic"
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