Let's start with some facts about Las Vegas...
- Visitors to Las Vegas in 2014 – 41,126,512
- Average conventions that are held in Las Vegas each year – 22,103
- It would take 288 years for 1 person to spend one night in every hotel room in Las Vegas.
- Most of the Las Vegas Strip is technically outside of the Las Vegas City Limits.
- 15 of the world’s 25 biggest hotels and 17 of the biggest US hotels are located in Las Vegas
- The Las Vegas Strip is the brightest place on Earth when looked at from outer space.
- Las Vegas has a “black book”, a list of people who are banned from setting foot in any casino. (Don’t join this list while at The PPAI Expo)
Here are some things you might guess…
- There is about 1 operating slot machine for every 8 Las Vegas residents.
- There is no such thing as “Last Call” in Las Vegas or surrounding areas and neighborhoods.
- Today an acre of prime land on the Strip sells for about $3-6 million.
- The shrimp consumption in Las Vegas is over 60,000 pounds per day, higher than the rest of the nation combined.
- There are over 300 weddings per day in Las Vegas, making it the top wedding destination in the US and second only to Istanbul for the most weddings in a single city.
Here are some things you probably didn’t know...
- Las Vegas was originally settled by the Mormons.
- There are more churches than casinos in Sin City.
- Las Vegas has the highest number of unlisted phone numbers than any other US city.
- Water structures in Las Vegas, like fountains and man-made lakes, all use recycled water.
- Las Vegas is informally known as Hawaii’s 9th island due to the city’s large community of Hawaiians.
- Located 65 miles north of Las Vegas is the Nevada Test Site, where over 100 above ground nuclear tests were conducted between 1952 and 1962 when the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was ratified.
- "Las Vegas" is actually Spanish, and it means "The meadows."
- In Nevada, it is mandatory that video slot machines pay a minimum of 75% on average.
- Whoever designed the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada," sign never got a copyright, which is why you see that image everywhere.
- There's an actual construction attraction here. Go here and you can operate heavy equipment for entertainment.
- There are things to do OFF the Strip and outside the city, ranging from:
There are some great places if you want to stay near the Mandalay Bay
Vegas hot spots that our team recommends (And we've been there a lot!):
- Lotus of Siam It's not on the strip but every single native Thai person I know says this is the best Thai food outside of Thailand.
- Chinatown on Spring Mountain Road
- Bachi Burger — great, you guessed it, burgers
- Raku Restaurant — awesome Japanese food
- Firefly — good tapas place and the best Sangria in Vegas
- Container Park — shops and restaurants made out of shipping containers
- SoHo Sushi Burrito — Burritos...made with Sushi...Oh Yeah!
- Trattoria Nakamura Ya — Italian/Japanese Fusion...amazing!
- Battista’s Hole in the Wall — it has an old feel to it, Italian food, unlimited bread and wine
- Hofbrauhaus — German beer hall. Fun music and atmosphere
- Secret Pizza — at Cosmopolitan - Learn the secret for yourself
- Fremont Street at night — for an Old Vegas experience. Gambling is cheaper here too. There’s even a zipline, Slotzilla, under the neon cover.
- Neon Graveyard/Neon Museum — old Vegas hotel and casino signs
- Fuku Burger — Japanese inspired burgers - the best burger I've ever had anywhere. Ask for Jazz Fries.
- Umami Burger — Call ahead and ask for the Marrow Burger.
- Halal Guys — Famous New York food cart in Vegas' Chinatown.
- The Golden Tiki — This is my favorite bar in Vegas right now. A few of their drinks are made with "Dole Whip" a soft serve pineapple ice cream. Right in the middle of Chinatown, four minutes from the strip.
- High Roller @ the Linq (Ferris Wheel on the strip).
- Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq — A great place for bowling but what many forget about is the music venue. Every week it seems a big name artist is playing there, many times for no more than $50.
- Gold Spike — Super Fun, live music every night
- Atomic Liquor — Great place with a great patio
- Banger's Brewery —It's kind of hidden at the end of Fremont. Great local brewery with HH from 5pm - 9pm. Perfect.
- The Artisan Hotel Bar — Just look at it. Super cool place with a weird flower drink.
- The Park at T-Mobile Arena. Tons of new places to eat, drink, shop and hang out.
- Roller Coasters at the Stratosphere and New York New York
- Las Vegas City tours…start at the iconic Vegas sign and make your way down the strip, guides explain the history of various hotels and casinos
If you've got a suggestion that needs to be on this list, email Gage Chariton.