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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.

Stroll down the four-mile Las Vegas Strip and take in the spectacular skyline from 550 feet in the air atop the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel. Have breakfast for dinner at Hash House A-Go-Go, where the specialty is fried chicken eggs benedict. Explore the classic casinos of Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, also known as Glitter Gulch.

Venture away from the hubbub and take a day trip by helicopter to the nearby Grand Canyon or travel just 30 miles to the Hoover Dam. When the sun sets, grab tickets to a show at Planet Hollywood or see the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. In Vegas, you're never far from the action.

Photo 3: Las Vegas News Bureau/LVCVA