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25 Best U.S. Vacation Cities On the Cheap

Kayla Baxter, Alice Handley and Jill Hare

June 02, 2009

#2: Las Vegas, Nevada



Ah, Vegas, the city that never sleeps. Although best known for housing over 90 casinos, the sheer number of hotels and stages mean there is always an attraction to see no matter what day of the week it is. The competitiveness of the casinos means room rates can be reasonable, and a little research before the trip will reveal there are often more things to see than time to see them.

While gambling in the casinos or sports books is the obvious attraction, that is far from all Las Vegas has to offer. There are over 14 major malls within the metropolitan area, many of which are adjacent to the hotels on “The Strip” (pictured). Even just wandering through the hotels is amazing – the Venetian is modeled after the Italian canal city of Venice, the Luxor is a giant glowing pyramid inside and out, and you can’t leave without seeing Bellagio’s dancing fountains and blown glass bubble ceiling. You don’t even have to be a guest to reap the visual benefits of being in this vibrant city.

Las Vegas also puts together its now customary art exhibit on the first Friday of every month. Local artists and musicians gather each month for the event to display or perform their art, and a $2 fee gives you access to both the official venues and outdoor block party.

Don’t Miss: The Pinball Hall of Fame on Tropicana is off the beaten path (i.e. “The Strip”) so your cabbie may not know where you’re trying to go, but this museum is well worth the effort, and a nice break from losing all your money on the slots.

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