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About Las Vegas

The Las Vegas metropolitan area is nestled in a mountain surrounded valley at the southern tip of Nevada. Occupying about 135 square miles, the area has a population of about two million people of whom, about 360,000 work for the tourism business, the area's ten billion dollar a year gambling/tourism business.

Las Vegas is located in the Mojave Desert at the intersection of Interstate 15, connecting Los Angeles, California to the southwest with Salt Lake City, Utah to the northeast, and state roads 93/95 that connect Carson City and Lake Tahoe to the northwest with Kingman, Arizona and Lake Havasu to the southeast.

Located in a desert, Las Vegas temperatures can get hot. Average summer temperatures are 92 degrees, but many summer days the temperature floats between 100 and 115. With the desert wind blowing, it can feel like you are in a convection oven. During the winter, temperatures drop down into the 50s with some weeks of near freezing to freezing temperatures. Regardless of the temperature, 310 days a year are bright and sunny, and rainy days are rare.

Located at the southern point of Nevada, Las Vegas just over a mountain pass from California to the west and Arizona to the east.



While Las Vegas is best known for its gambling and world class entertainment, visiting can and should include shopping and visiting local sights including Lake Mead to the east and the Red Rock scenic park in the western suburbs.

If your interest is casino resort gambling and entertainment, you have lots of choices. Most famous are of course the properties on Las Vegas Blvd., the Strip, but the Strip is bracketed with smaller brand hotels, and "local" casinos such as the Red Rock in the Summerlin area form a ring of multi-story buildings visible across a generally low rise city offering a smaller, quieter scale version of the Strip itself.




If gambling is your goal, a slot machine is never far away, located as they are at most drug and grocery stores.

While world class restaurants, the ones owned and operated by Michelin starred and celebrity chefs, are found mostly in the resorts on the Strip where they can serve 40 million visitors a year staying in the 150,000 rooms there, a few very talented chefs have escaped the Strip to develop restaurants our in the local communities. In addition, there are purely local restaurants tucked away in small shopping centers that serve amazing food with more moderate pricing than you will find in the major resorts.

For ideas of things to do and see off Las Vegas Blvd., take a look at our What To Do page.