— words by Mal Chenu
Las Vegas is the unicorn of cities. Fantastical, fabulous, bizarre and unique, the exciting excess of Vegas is unrepeated anywhere in the world. The lure of this mafia-built oasis in the desert is irresistible and forty million visitors a year are drawn by the luminous, ethereal majesty of the Strip, where the party never ends.
Of course, the city is built on gambling – they prefer ‘gaming’ – but there is so much to see and do here, you might not have time to feed a one-armed bandit, bluff a Stetson-wearing cowboy, double down at blackjack or try to understand craps.
In recent years the city has tried to shift from the ‘Sin City’ reputation to a more entertainment-based dynamic and the range of attractions is beyond extraordinary. This evolutionary imperative is a part of Las Vegas’ constant reinvention and make return visits seem like the first.
The casinos in Vegas famously don’t have clocks – and neither should you. Vegas is at its best in the wee small hours when inhibitions are down and spirits are up. Mind-boggling, head-swimming and genuinely surreal, the glitz and kitsch of late night Las Vegas is a mesmerising cornucopia of unforgettable fascinations.
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