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Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon - Engineering Marvels and top attractions

Updated on July 22, 2011

Las Vegas, Nevada has a population of two million. But it’s the forty million of us who make this baby buzz. We go to gamble, shop, eat and party and make it the US’ fastest growing city. They build a primary school here every month and print two phone books a year to keep tabs on Vegas’ booming population.

They say in America everything is bigger and better than anywhere else if that’s the case then Vegas is all about being biggest on the best. But like everywhere else Vegas is feeling the financial pinch and visitors are calling their own shots when it comes to room rates. You’ll find a bed for less than twenty bucks a night at some of the city’s ritziest addresses.

Most of these are scattered along the strip, the neon spine that stretches for six kilometers through the heart of the city by day its pretty impressive but at night it’s something else. This is the Vegas everyone thinks of – a twinkle town, city of lights and stars.

The days of the rat pack may be long gone but Vegas is still one the world’s top showbiz destinations. The biggest names in the world perform here and it’s their names that lighten up the night sky and the best way to appreciate it all is on the helicopter tour.

Vegas made its name as the US premiere gambling destination and on average each of us gambles six hundred dollars oven chips to the high rollers. High rollers could be looked at two ways there is a high roller who can do an average bet of ten thousand to fifteen or twenty thousand in hand and then you have the whales who bet in excess of eighty to a hundred thousand a hand.

Surprisingly gambling is no longer the Vegas main appeal would you believe it these days more people are coming there for designer shopping, designer dinning and it’s no wonder given all the bargains around town.

Vegas’ other big attraction that may be explored in a day trip six hours away is nature’s answer to all the human excess - the Grand Canyon. Two hundred and seventy miles long and one and a half thousand meters from top to bottom.

But you know what people are like - Tit for Tat and all that. So the engineers tried to top it…

At two hundred and twenty meters high three hundred ad seventy nine meters wide and weighing 6.6 million tons the Hoover dam is one of the most important engineering project of its time in fact of anytime and without it much of southern California Nevada and Arizona wouldn’t exist. It provides electricity and water for almost twenty million people. It’s the highest concrete arch dam in the US and is still as important as it ever was.

Vegas itself is an engineering marvel all with new projects like city center at 9.1 billion the most expensive private project in the history of US. It’s likely to keep our attention for long time to come.

ormaM ni"> project of its time in fact of anytime and without it much of southern California Nevada and Arizona wouldn’t exist. It provides electricity and water for almost twenty million people. It’s the highest concrete arch damin the US and is still as important as it ever was.


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      Write Faisal 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thanks Betty, certainly one of the best places I visited.

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      Betty Reid 6 years ago from Texas

      I just visited the Grand Canyon for the first time. It was so fun, but I couldn't find anywhere to buy a disposable panaramic camera. Your photo is fantastic!


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