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The history of las vegas

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http://www.scenic.com/ | Las Vegas and its surrounding areas are rich with history and fun facts. We explore the many points of interest of this one-of-a-kind destination, from the Vegas strip to the Grand Canyon.

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The history of las vegas

  1. 1. T H E H I S T O R Y O F
  2. 2. The city of Las Vegas and its surroundings are seen by about 40,000,000 people every year. With its bright lights, world-class dining, spectacular shows, and one-of-a- kind natural wonders, it’s easy to see why families flock to this unique destination. On the following pages, we are going to explore the history, learn some trivia, and see what makes Vegas one of the most sought-after vacation spots in the world.
  3. 3. W E L C O M E T O LAS VEGAS In 1905, Las Vegas became a city. It took 26 years before gambling became legal, and at the time, there were only a little more than 5,000 people. Compare that to the over 580,000 who live there today! Fun Fact: The light on the top of the Luxor hotel can be seen from airplanes over 100 miles away.
  4. 4. One of the seven natural wonders of the world is located just a 1- hour flight away. The Grand Canyon became a national monument in 1908. It is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and over 1 mile deep – nearly 2 billion years of history lay in the sides of the Grand Canyon. A D V E N T U R E S I N T H E GRAND CANYON
  5. 5. E X P L O R I N G T H E HOOVER DAM If you are driving to the Grand Canyon, make sure to stop by the Hoover Dam. Completed in 1935, this was once the world’s tallest dam at 726 feet high. Take a tour of the facility or even explore the Colorado River on a raft. Fun Fact: The Hoover Dam is currently the 27th tallest dam in the world and the second tallest in the U.S. (45 feet shorter than Oroville Dam in California).
  6. 6. In 1956, Betty Willis created the world-famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. From that moment on, a whirlwind of hotels and casinos began to spring up. Many have stood the test of time: Tropicana (1957), Ceasars Palace (1966), MGM Grand (1973), Harrah’s (1974), and The Mirage (1980). Fun Fact: When the MGM Grand was built, it was the largest hotel in the world. C R E A T I N G THE STRIP
  7. 7. R E L A X I N G O N LAKE MEAD Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Vegas crowds, and relax and play at Lake Mead—only 30 minutes away from the Strip. Enjoy swimming, boating, hiking, and the peaceful wilderness. Fun Fact: Lake Mead is the 16th largest manmade lake in the world.
  8. 8. The excitement of the Strip has continued to boom over the last few decades. A host of new famous hotels have emerged in this time: G E T T I N G BIGGER Excalibur (1990), Luxor (1993), Stratosphere (1996), New York-New York (1997), Bellagio (1998), Venetian (1999), WYNN (2005), and Cosmopolitan (2010). Fun Fact: The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States.
  9. 9. Want more highflying adventure? There is nothing more exciting than taking a helicopter ride or venturing out onto the glass-bottom Grand Canyon Skywalk. See all the sights of the Grand Canyon from above. Go to the places few ever see! A N A M A Z I N G VIEW
  10. 10. Since 1967, Scenic Airlines has been flying over the Grand Canyon—setting the standard for aerial sightseeing tours. Now world famous for their Grand Canyon airplane tours, Scenic Airlines remains the largest and most experienced aerial tour operator in the world. For more information, please visit www.scenic.com.