Las Vegas – the Entertainment Capital of United States

By | August 12, 2022

Las Vegas is located in a desert landscape 600 meters above sea level in the southeast of the state of Nevada . In the east lies the Lake Mead reservoir, formed by the Colorado River, and in the west, up to 3,600 meters high mountain formations.


There are also opportunities for savings in Las Vegas , a city that is quite expensive due to its enormous growth in recent years and its entertainment image.

Free attractions

Free attractions are the following: Stroll through the themed hotel complexes on the Strip, Fantasy Faire Midway / Strolling Entertainers in the Excalibur, Dragon Battle in the Excalibur, Lion Habitat in the MGM Grand, Showcase Mall, Harbor Gate Rainstorm in the Aladdin, Fountains of Bellagio, Atlantis Festival Fountain in Caesars Palace, Flamingo Hilton Wildlife Habitat, The Mirage Volcano, Siegfried & Roy’s White Tiger Habitat in Mirage, Battle of Buccaneer Bay in Treasure Island, Circus Acts / circus performances in Circus Circus, Downtown’s Fremont Street Experience, Sunset Stampede – Sam’s Town Hotel.

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Overnight stays

Overnight stays are generally cheaper, the further the distance to the main attractions of the Strip (Downtown, Stratosphere Tower). For families with children, Circus Circus offers good value for money. The hotel prices for theme hotels on the Strip are generally not significantly higher than comparable “only” hotel rooms. Sunday through Thursday prices are generally lower than on the weekends when many Americans are traveling. If possible, choose times when there are no congresses and major events. Hotels, apartments and vacation rentals in Las Vegas can be found on

Food and drink

The days when food prices were extremely low are over on the Strip, at least. In downtown there are still very cheap snacks in the vicinity of the casino areas. The buffet offers still offer a reasonable price-performance ratio (see information on the individual providers), even if (alcoholic) drinks are often to be paid additionally. Those who want to visit the attractions of the Stratosphere Tower can also book the buffet for a moderate surcharge.

The Frommer`s travel guide offers an informative overview of 103 – cheap and expensive – restaurants in Las Vegas with information on prices and a star rating of the price / performance ratio. The overview is on the homepage of Frommer`s. The trend towards eating with renowned chefs is unbroken in Las Vegas, however, and the number of so-called noble restaurants or those that believe they are, is increasing.


As in other US cities with an entertainment program, there is also the possibility in Las Vegas to buy tickets for a show cheaply on the day of the show without pre-booking (the remaining tickets are usually sold at half the normal price). This offers ½ price show tickets for example at.


Comp is the abbreviation for “complimentary (free)”, ie for free additions from the casinos to eager and “deserving” players. The amount of bonuses is determined by the amount of the stakes. The best known are the free drinks; those who play with very high stakes (high rollers) can also get food, drinks and suites reserved for this group of people.

New York New York

  • Official website:
  • 3790 Las Vegas Blvd.
  • Tel. 740-6969, 800-693-6763

A whole city compressed into one building. The striking silhouette of New York City characterizes the external appearance, above all the replica of the Statue of Liberty. You can get inside via or next to a pseudo Brooklyn Bridge. New York – New York, completed in 1997, is considered the most successful of all the themed hotels on the Strip. Of course, the Empire State Building is not missing either. The interior recreates districts of New York City. The Greenwich Village department not only has fast food restaurants and a subway station, the fire hydrants, waste bins and mailboxes are also replicas of originals. The hotel has over 2,000 rooms.


  • Manhattan Express Roller Coaster

The huge double loop roller coaster travels around the skyline and the Statue of Liberty. A speed of 65 miles per hour is achieved.


  • Zumanity

Another show by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas for visitors aged 18 and over in the Zumanity showroom. Daily except Wed and Thu at 7.30pm and 10.30pm.

MGM Grand

  • Official website:
  • 3799 Las Vegas Blvd.
  • Tel. 891-1111, 800-929-1111

With more than 5,000 rooms, the MGM Grand is the largest hotel in the world; it is larger than the Excalibur and Luxor combined. In the middle is the bronze MGM lion. The entrance hall is reminiscent of an airport. The casino is also the largest in the world (16,000 square meters). The hotel has the slogan “City of Entertainment” and so you can find everything that is reminiscent of film and Hollywood, even in the spacious rooms. The rooms in the Emerald Tower are 32 square meters; The rooms in the Main Tower (42 sqm) are nicer and larger: Italian marble bathroom, TV, telephone, iron / ironing board, hairdryer, safe. The pool area is a world of experience in itself.

The MGM Grand’s weakness is literally its size. Both from the parking garage (12,000 parking spaces) and from the rooms there are always long distances to be covered, but the use of the elevator is quick and efficient. There is a special activity center for children aged 3 to 16, much to the delight of parents. Tip: Get the hotel’s own coupon booklet handed over to you when you check in at the hotel. The Signature completes the third and last tower in 2007. All three towers have 576 luxuriously equipped rooms and a smoke and play-free zone with special guest service.


  • Lion Habitat

The facility houses real lions and lion cubs in a park that can be viewed while walking through the glass tunnel or from outside.

  • Showcase Mall

For once, the Showcase Mall is not a casino, but rather a place where companies present their products and company history (admission is generally free).

  • World of Coca Cola

The most interesting thing is to try the soft drinks from the Coca Cola group at the end of the tour.

  • M & M’s World

It’s all about chocolate, even in a free 3-D movie. And of course you can go shopping.

  • GameWorks

Over 250 (video) games (stakes from 50 cents to 4 $), Indy racing cars, a 23 m high climbing rock, an internet lounge, restaurants and bars.

  • All Star Café

Always filled to the brim with visitors. The exhibited memories from the sporting scene are well worth seeing, especially those of co-owner and local matador Andrew Agassi.

Las Vegas - the Entertainment Capital