Las Vegas is known as the gambling capital of the world and is one of the most coveted entertainment destinations in the United States. Here are the top 5 things you didn’t know about this deliciously hedonistic town.
1. After Las Vegas legalized gambling back in 1931, it took just 10 years for the city to transform from a small dusty town to one of the world’s top entertainment destinations. Once gambling became popular, other industries such as the nightlife business and the hotel sector started to take off and grow the local economy.
2. It is reported that when you view the planet from space, Las Vegas is the brightest place on earth – even more than New York. The bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip glow all night with its thousands of bulbs, which make it the brightest place on earth. Despite the Strip being the most famous place in Vegas, it is actually located outside the official city limits.
3. With over 40 million tourists every year flocking to Las Vegas to have a flutter in the casinos, it’s little wonder that the city has so many hotels. However, it has more than its fair share of mega hotels, with Vegas boasting 14 out of 20 of the largest hotels in the world. Vegas is also incredibly popular with those looking to elope and get married and the city sees over 10,000 weddings each month – most of which are thought to be tourists and not local residents.
4. Archie Karas is the stuff of Las Vegas legends. After arriving in the city back in 1992 with just 50 dollars to his name, he quickly turned that meager amount of money into an eye-watering 40 million dollars by the start of 1995. Not bad for three year’s work.
5. While these days you certainly don’t think of Las Vegas as a rural place, the literal translation of its name means “the meadows” in English. The name was given by the Spanish when they arrived in Vegas in the 19th century when the place was nothing more than vast swathes of grassland.