Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada incorporated in 1911 as a small railroad town. Today it is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World and offers visitors more than just a thoroughfare to somewhere else. In just over 100 years Las Vegas has witnessed the rise of casino culture, shows by the Rat Pack and Elvis Presley, and an explosive foodie culture made famous by chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Joel Robuchon.

Start your morning with a foamy café latte and a light and savory salmon quiche at Sambalatte. Dine at the traditional Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam, a chef favorite. Share an order of creamy tom kha kai, or Bangkok soup, and order yourself a plate of gravy covered yellow curry noodles called rad na.

Venture away from the hubbub and discover the 18b Arts District. Pick up a dress or cravat from yesteryear at Amberjoys Vintage Closet. See truly local Nevada art at the non-profit City of the World gallery. Take a short drive to the Valley of Fire State Park and hike among the bright reddish-pink sandstone formations. Take in the sights and sounds of the colorful Las Vegas Strip and don't leave without watching the Bellagio's fountain show.

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