Las Vegas, surrounded by the Spring Mountains and the Sierra Nevada, is located in Clark County, Nevada, which
includes Boulder City, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Mesquite. Thousands of years ago, the region was inhabited
by the Anazazi people; followed by the Paiute people. The Spanish explorers arrived in the early 1800's, drawn by the
natural springs that created a lush oasis. Eventually, the springs were depleted, however, by then other assets took
When gambling was legalized in 1931 and divorce laws allowed marriages to dissolve in six weeks, a type of lawless
reputation enshrouded the state. After the war, showy casinos sprouted in Las Vegas, many run behind the scenes by
crime lords which only added to the city's allure. But like everything in life, change was inevitable. In the nineties,
corporations bought up old casinos, blew them up and began the development of giant-size resorts with theme parks
for the entire family.
Las Vegas caters to tourists, with luxurious accommodations, star-studded entertainment and the biggest and boldest
and glitziest casinos in the world most of which are located on the "Strip" and in the city's downtown core. The
strip is a stretch (literally) of highway leading downtown. Ingenious designs of the strip's string of casinos and front
entrances exploding volcanoes, booming canyons, roller coasters create a bizarre playground effect. Traffic tends
to slow down. Downtown was rejuvenated in 1995. Here it is the pedestrians who are dazzled by the surroundings.
Called the Fremont Street Experience, part of downtown includes a section that is covered with a glass-like dome. The
dome lights up with sounds and a kaleidoscope of animated scenes to entertain visitors as they move from casino to