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 The Las Vegas Strip 
You could spend months along this famous stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard and still not uncover all of the weird and wonderful treasures it holds, from kitschy little cocktail lounges and wedding chapels to marvelous private museums, over-the-top shopping experiences, high-tech arcade games and of course every kind of casino gaming imaginable. Depending on your personality, you might choose to read up on the many attractions and plot out exactly what you want to see and do during your stay, though in some ways it's better to let serendipity be your guide as you explore this singularly mind-boggling slice of modern American culture.
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 Vegas Shows 
Vegas has long been a favorite venue for big-name entertainment, and in recent years the number and variety of acts in town has grown even more diverse. Check the official Las Vegas Tourism Web site for listings of headline acts in town during your visit, or check out one of the resident shows such as Cirque du Soleil's "O" at the Bellagio or their sexually charged "Zumanity" at New York-New York Hotel, the Penn & Teller magic show at the Rio, the quirky Blue Man Group show at the The Venetian, selection of shows and seats it's wise to book well in advance, though there is a discount ticket office that sells half-price same day show tickets from inside a giant Coke bottle next to the MGM Grand.
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 Great Golf 
Even the most avid tennis player might occasionally enjoy a round of golf, and a stay in Las Vegas puts you right in the middle of some terrific courses. One of the best (and most challenging) is the Shadow Creek course designed by Tom Fazio, though you must be a guest at one of the MGM Mirage Resorts to play. Other good bets include the Jack Nicklaus-designed Reflection Bay course at the Lake Las Vegas Resort, The Falls course designed by Tom Weiskopf, also at Lake Las Vegas, and another Tom Fazio design at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort.
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 Desert Excursions 
Most visitors spend the majority of their time in Las Vegas immersed in the strictly artificial world of casinos, night clubs, shopping arcades and other amusements, paying little attention to the gorgeous desert scenery that surrounds this neon-lit metropolis. Take a break from the Strip, however, and you can visit any of several magnificent wilderness parks on an easy half-day or full-day drive. Valley of Fire State Park about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas offers numerous hiking trails that take in fantastic rock formations and Indian petroglyphs. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, only about half an hour west of the Strip, is another good place for desert hikes, with some excellent rock climbing opportunities as well.
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