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  • Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, also known as the Entertainment Capital of the World or Sin City.  width:462;;height:480
  • Those arriving by air will get great views of the Hoover Dam and Las Vegas Strip. width:360;;height:480
  • Neon lights the Las Vegas strip at night (© Allen McGregor, CCA2.0 Generic). width:640;;height:480
  • The legalisation of gambling in 1931 paved the way for Las Vegas' casino hotels.  Here's a picture of the Wynn's casino. width:640;;height:480
  • Vegas' hotels are known for their opulent splendour.  width:360;;height:480
  • The most famous of all of Vegas' hotels is the 4000-room Bellagio width:640;;height:480
  • Here are the Bellagio's dancing fountains ... width:360;;height:480
  • ... and again from the air.  width:640;;height:480
  • The Bellagio's lobby is adorned with 2000 hand-blown glass blossoms by Dale Chihuly. width:360;;height:480
  • The flower displays in the Bellagio's conservatory are a must see.  width:640;;height:427
  • Another shot of the Bellagio's conservatory. width:360;;height:480
  • Caesar's Palace is Las Vegas' biggest hotel. width:640;;height:480
  • The Caesar's Palace lobby, featured in the film Hangover.  width:640;;height:480
  • The Forum Shopping Centre, adjoining Caesar's Palace. width:360;;height:480
  • The interior of the Forum Shopping Centre.  width:318;;height:480
  • The Palazzo is Las Vegas' tallest hotel. width:360;;height:480
  • The Palazzo at night. width:360;;height:480
  • The Luxor Hotel, at the south end of the strip, is a huge hollowed out pyramid (© Tobias Alt, CC-ASA-3.0).  width:360;;height:480
  • The Venetian Hotel includes this replica of St Mark's Square ... width:640;;height:480
  • ... complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers. width:360;;height:480
  • The Wynn Resort, towards the northern end of the Strip, is one of Vegas' most exclusive hotels.  width:360;;height:480
  • The Wynn Waterfall width:360;;height:480
  • The entrance to the Wynn Resort. width:360;;height:480
  • The Mandalay Bay Hotel is famous for its 11-acre outdoor pool and beach complex. width:360;;height:480
  • Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef aquarium is a top attraction.  width:640;;height:420
  • The neon sign outside the Circus Circus Hotel. width:360;;height:480
  • The New York New York Hotel comes complete with a Big Apple skyline. width:360;;height:480
  • ... and the Paris Casino has a 165 metre tall replica of the Eiffel Tower. width:360;;height:480
  • The Vegas Strip from Paris Las Vegas.  width:640;;height:480
  • The Aria, featured in the recent hit Last Vegas, is one of Las Vegas' newest hotels. width:640;;height:480
  • The northern end of the modern strip is marked by the Stratosphere Tower (© Grombo, cc-by-sa-2.5). width:359;;height:480
  • Visitors to Las Vegas must take in one of the top shows, such as Cirque du Soleil © Stuart Seeger, CCA2.0.  width:320;;height:480
  • A boxing contest at the MGM Grand © Ian McWilliams, ASA2.0 Generic. width:640;;height:426
  • A visit to Vegas isn't complete without walking down the four mile Strip at night (© Clemont Bardot, CCASA3.0). width:640;;height:420
  • During the day the Strip is filled with entertainers, such as these Alan lookalikes ... width:360;;height:480
  • ... or these exhibitionists! width:640;;height:480
  • Once you've finished with the modern Strip, take a trip downtown to Fremont Street.  width:640;;height:426
  • The Fremont Street Experience light canopy (© Antoine Taveneaux, CCASA3.0).  width:640;;height:363
  • The famous Little White Chapel, where Michael Jordan tied the knot. width:361;;height:480
  • Further afield, the Grand Canyon is a four hour drive from Vegas. width:640;;height:480
  • Yaki Point, in the Grand Canyon National Park.  width:637;;height:480
  • This picture gives a sense of the Grand Canyon's enormity.  width:640;;height:480
  • Relatively inexpensive helicopter tours over the Grand Canyon are also available. width:360;;height:480
  • The Valley of Fire, about an hour from Vegas, also has stunning rock formations.  width:640;;height:426
  • The Hoover Dam is about a 30 minute drive from Vegas. width:377;;height:480
  • Here are the 1932 plans for the Hoover Dam.  width:640;;height:417
  • The Hoover Dam is 221 metres tall.  width:640;;height:480
  • Construction of the Hoover Dam created Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. width:640;;height:386
  • The Hoover Dam complex from the air. width:640;;height:457
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