The history of Las Vegas is fascinating. From its earliest days as a Native American oasis, to the Wild West, to today's glittering global tourism mecca, Las Vegas has seen and done it all.
Highlights of Las Vegas aren’t just limited to the famous Strip, however.
Within the city is the popular Natural History Museum, which houses Exhibits ranging from the desert to the ocean, and from Nevada to Africa, spanning prehistoric times to the present day. Other options include the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, which is housed within the building where the Kefauver Committee hearings were held on organized crime in 1950; the Atomic Testing Museum, which covers the history of nuclear testing that took place near Las Vegas in the Nevada Test Site; the CityCenter Fine Art Collection; The Art Factory where painters, graphic artists, sculptures, designers, photographers, architects and even a yoga school share the space; and much more.
Outside the city are:
The Hoover Dam: In Black Canyon spanning the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada, about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. The dam is 726.4 feet from foundation rock to the roadway on the crest of the dam. The towers and ornaments on the parapet rise 40 feet above the crest.
Lake Mead: Recreation, although a by-product of the Hoover Dam's reservoir, constitutes a major use of Lake Mead and the lands surrounding it.
Day trips to the Grand Canyon and Red Rock Canyon are also possible.
In October, the city has a high of 82 degrees and low of 60 degrees with a 5 percent chance of rain.
Las Vegas offers just about every dining option you could want. For suggestions on restaurants and cuisine, check the visitor guide or go to http://www.lasvegas.com/restaurants/
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. The Las Vegas Visitor Information Center may be contacted at 877-VISITLV (877-847-4858).