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The new millennium Las Vegas is just as much about extracting dollars through high-grade entertainment, dining, clubs, boutique hotels, art and fashion as through the roulette wheel or one-arm bandit. Sin City nightlife dazzles until dawn while the mega-star shows are world class and range from humour to hard rock to magic to schmaltz. This all comes at a price of course.
The Strip - actually named Las Vegas Boulevard - featuring New York, New York hotel/casino and a distant Eiffel Tower.
The trick to low-cost tourism in Las Vegas is to enjoy the amazing exteriors by day and
night, to avoid the generally crass interiors and to find the free
shows that casinos use to drag the punters in their direction.
Las Vegas is also an excellent jumping-off point for a trip around the Grand Circle of SW USA's sensational National Parks. Hire a car, Harley or RV there and do a two or three week loop, starting with Zion Canyon and ending with the Grand Canyon, or vice versa.
The Strip looking the other way.
The Strip, with the stunningly convincing Venice replica at The Venetian.
The view from Las Vegas' Eiffel Tower of Hotel Paris.
But of course it's at night that Las Vegas really shines; this is the lower Strip, and this is...
Fremont Street Experience.
...the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas, another dazzling example of Vegas creativity, a shopping mall with a canopy that is 90 ft (27 m) high and four blocks long (1,500 ft (460 m) and regularly projects extraordinary concerts and light shows to drag the tourists away from the uptown nightime attractions.