拉斯維加斯：全球娛樂首都 Las Vegas: The Entertainment Capital of the World
Where in the United States can you go and see the Eiffel Tower, the Egyptian pyramids, and a pirate ship with exploding cannons? Where can you ride roller coasters, watch an IMAX movie, go to a concert, enjoy a circus, stroll through a museum, lounge by a pool, get a spa treatment, eat until you can’t take another bite, win a million dollars at a casino, and get married, all on the same day? If it’s fun you’re after, Las Vegas is willing and able to oblige.
Vegas is loud, brash, and unashamedly showy. Located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is characterized by typical desert conditions of very hot, dry summers and mild winters. The consistent sunshine and little rainfall draw visitors 12 months a year; and its warts-and-all approach to tourism make it beloved by many who visit there year after year in search of a good time.
Las Vegas, which means "the meadows" in Spanish, was given this name because areas of the valley nearby the city used to contain lush, green areas, which provided relief to travelers in the desert heat. After the area was conceded to the United States by Mexico in 1848, Mormons moved into the area to attempt to convert the region’s Paiute Indians. Their settlement was unsuccessful and was abandoned after only a few years. Who knows what Vegas would be like today if they’d stayed?
In 1931, gambling was legalized in the state of Nevada, and casino hotels, for which Vegas is now famous, began to spring up everywhere like mushrooms. During the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, people flocked to the city to see the nuclear bomb tests that were being conducted in the desert nearby, and developers (along with a fair number of gangsters) poured money into the city’s casino resorts, which light up the city like a Christmas tree every night of the year. Thus, over time, Vegas grew to become the undisputed Entertainment Capital of the World.
Visitors to Vegas should remember just one thing: when you visit, don’t be shy. Jump straight in at the deep end, and Vegas will guarantee you a spectacular vacation you’ll never forget.