About Las Vegas

It's called “The Entertainment Capital of the World” and it plays host to more than 38.8 million visitors every year. It's Las Vegas and there aren't enough adjectives to adequately describe it. It's glitzy and larger-than-life. It’s outrageous and excessive, and it offers its visitors a glittering array of things to do and see. It’s true: Las Vegas represents many different things to the multitudes who visit each year. But there’s one thing they can all agree on: Las Vegas is one-of-a-kind.

Las Vegas Attractions

Gondola Rides at The Venetian

No trip to Venice—or The Venetian—would be complete without a graceful and romantic glide down the Grand Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola. Float beneath bridges, beside cafes, under balconies, and through the vibrant Venetian streetscape as your singing gondolier sweeps you down the Grand Canal for a ride like no other.

Madame Tussanuds' Interactive Wax Museum

Have you ever dreamed of hangin’ with Rihanna, or being serenaded by Michael Jackson? These magic moments and more come to life at Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum. Visitors to the museum can mingle with lifelike wax celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Halle Berry. Sports legends, rock stars, and famous Las Vegas entertainers are all represented. A behind-the-scenes exhibit illustrates how the wax figures are painstakingly created to resemble their real-life counterparts.

Stratosphere Tower

At 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and affords a spectacular panorama of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding valley. Thrill seekers can enjoy excitement over 100 stories above the ground on the "Big Shot," "X-Scream," “SkyJump” and "Insanity" thrill rides.

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam stands 726 feet high and is one of the highest concrete dams ever constructed. Completed in 1935 for flood control and water storage, it impounds Lake Mead, one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States. A self-guiding tour of the visitor center offers a 25-minute film on the construction of the dam and a theater presentation explaining how irrigation from the Colorado River turned desert into farmland. The power plant's eight generators may be explored via an elevator that descends 500 feet into Black Canyon. An exhibit gallery highlights the region's natural history and an overlook atop the visitor center provides spectacular scenic views.

Shark Reef at Mandaly Bay

This is not your typical aquarium. It's a total sensory experience designed to transport visitors to an undersea ocean of fantastic sights, sounds and encounters. Featuring dangerous and unusual aquatic animals from the world's tropical waters, Shark Reef Aquarium takes visitors on a journey through an ancient temple slowly being claimed by the sea.

Fourteen breathtaking exhibits are devoted to dangerous aquatic predators. The largest exhibit is the 1.3 million gallon shipwreck where visitors experience an almost 360-degree view, teeming with sharks and fish, through an acrylic tunnel.

House of Blues Las Vegas

Located within the Mandalay Bay Resort, the legendary House of Blues plays host to an eclectic mix of live music. With seating capacity exceeding 1,800, the House of Blues consistently draws an impressive lineup of entertainers, from classic rock bands to today's hottest performers. And on Sundays, don't miss the incredibly popular House of Blues Gospel Brunch.

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Come face-to-face with some of nature's most exotic and majestic creatures at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage, Las Vegas. Explore, learn and play in an enchanting world of white lions, white tigers, panthers, leopards and a family of bottlenose dolphins.

Fun Facts About Las Vegas

Las Vegas has been labeled with an assortment of nicknames, and all of them are richly deserved. Here is a sampling:

  • The Entertainment Capital of the World
  • Adults' Disneyland
  • The City of Lost Wages
  • Sin City
  • Gambleville
  • The Wedding Capital of America
  • Neon City
  • Playground USA
  • One of the Seven Wonders of the Artificial World

Vegas boasts more than 50 wedding chapels, and more than 100,000 marriage licenses are issued each year. Celebrities married in Vegas include:

  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Michael Caine
  • Joan Collins
  • Cindy Crawford
  • Joan Crawford
  • Bing Crosby
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Judy Garland
  • Cary Grant
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Bette Midler
  • Michael Jordan
  • Demi Moore
  • Paul Newman
  • Elvis Presley
  • Diana Ross
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Britney Spears
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Bruce Willis
  • There are over 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas, which is more than Los Angeles and New York combined.
  • Eleven of the world's twenty largest hotels are located in Las Vegas.
  • Ironically, the performer who would become the largest draw of all time in Las Vegas entertainment history initially flopped. In 1956, Elvis Presley's raucous hip-swiveling review failed to appeal to the Frank Sinatra set and his show was cancelled after only one week of performing.
  • There are more celebrity chef-owned restaurants in Las Vegas than anywhere else in the world.
  • Vegas Vic, the 40-foot high cowboy that watches over Fremont Street, is the world's largest mechanical neon sign.
  • The bronze MGM lion statue, which graces the front of the MGM Grand Hotel, is four stories tall (45 feet) and weighs 100,000 pounds.

Las Vegas Restaurants

In the past, dining in Las Vegas meant finding which hotel served the cheapest steak and lobster buffet. Like everything else about Las Vegas, things are a bit different today. A truly great city offers places for people to indulge in the extraordinary, and the expansive selection of culinary options at ARIA is no exception. Whether it’s contemporary American, Thai, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or bistro cuisine, you will soon regard food with a newfound appreciation at any one of ARIA’s many restaurants.

View further dining options at The ARIA Resort & Casino at https://www.aria.com/en/restaurants.html.