2016 Las Vegas

What you Don’t Know

We’ll start with what you probably already know…/ShowEXP162/ReferenceFileHandler.ashx?FileName=Vegas welcome sign.png

  • Visitors to Las Vegas in 2014 – 41,126,512
  • Average conventions that are held in Las Vegas each year – 22,103
  • It would take 288 years for 1 person to spend one night in every hotel room in Las Vegas.
  • Most of the Las Vegas Strip is technically outside of the Las Vegas City Limits.
  • 15 of the world’s biggest 25 hotels, and 17 of the US biggest, are located in Las Vegas
  • The Las Vegas Strip is the brightest place on Earth when looked at from outer space.
  • Las Vegas has a “black book”, a list of people who are banned from setting foot in any casino. (Don’t join this list while at e4!)

Here’s some things you might guess…

  • There is about 1 operating slot machine for every 8 Las Vegas residents.
  • There is no such thing as “Last Call” in Las Vegas or surrounding areas and neighborhoods.
  • Today an acre of prime land on the Strip sells for about $3-6 million.
  • The shrimp consumption in Las Vegas is over 60,000 pounds per day, higher than the rest of the nation combined. 
  • There are over 300 weddings per day in Las Vegas, making it the top wedding destination in the US and second only to Istanbul for the most weddings in a single city.

But here’s some things you probably didn’t know…

  • Las Vegas was originally settled by the Mormons.Wedding Chapel
  • There are more churches than casinos in Sin City.
  • Las Vegas has the highest number of unlisted phone numbers than any other US city.
  • Water structures in Las Vegas, like fountains and manmade lakes, all use recycled water
  • Las Vegas is informally known as Hawaii’s 9th island due to the city’s large community of Hawaiians. 
  • Located 65 miles north of Las Vegas is the Nevada Test Site, where over 100 above ground nuclear tests were conducted between 1952 and 1962 when the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was ratified.
  • "Las Vegas" is actually Spanish, and it means "The meadows."
  • In Nevada, it is mandatory that video slot machines pay a minimum of 75% on average.
  • Whoever designed the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada," sign never got a copyright, which is why you see that image everywhere.
  • There's an actual construction attraction here. Go here and you can operate heavy equipment for entertainment. http://digthisvegas.com/
  • There are things to do OFF the Strip and outside the city, ranging from:

Our team recommends:

  • The best Thai restaurant in Las Vegas is Lotus of Siam. http://lotusofsiamlv.com/  It’s not on the strip and is a bit of a ways out from the strip.  However, every single foreign (not born in America) Thai person I know says that this place is the best outside of Thailand.  And one of our Maritz TDs also said “best Thai food, arguably in the country”.
  • Bachi Burger – great burgers http://bachiburger.com/
  • Battista’s Hole in the Wall - http://battistaslasvegas.com/  - it has an old feel to it, Italian food, unlimited bread and wine
  • Raku Restaurant – awesome Japanese food http://www.raku-grill.com/
  • Firefly – good tapas place and the best Sangria in Vegas  http://www.fireflylv.com/
  • Hofbrauhaus – German beer hall. Fun music and atmosphere http://www.hofbrauhauslasvegas.com/
  • Secret Pizza at Cosmopolitan - http://govegas.about.com/od/cosmopolitan/ss/Secret-Pizza-Place-Cosmopolitan-Hotel-Las-Vegas.htm
  • Fremont Street at night – for an Old Vegas experience.  Gambling is cheaper here too. There’s even a zipline, Slotzilla, under the neon cover.
  • Neon Graveyard/Neon Museum - old Vegas hotel and casino signs
  • Container Park – shops and restaurants made out of shipping containers
  • SoHo Sushi Burrito - Yeah
  • Trattoria Nakamura Ya - Italian/Japanese Fusion...amazing!
  • Fuku Burger - Japanese inspired burgers - the best burger I've ever had anywhere.  Ask for Jazz Fries.
  • Umami Burger - Call ahead and ask for the Marrow Burger.
  • Halal Guys - Yes, the one from New York.  Opens in a month in Chinatown.
  • The Golden Tiki - This is my favorite bar in Vegas right now.  Really fun atmosphere (I sat next to Carrot Top and Criss Angel last time I was there).  A few of their drinks are made with "Dole Whip" a soft serve pineapple ice cream.  Right in the middle of Chinatown, four (4) mins from the strip.
  • Chinatown on Spring Mountain Road - http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/dining/las-vegas-off-the-eaten-path.html?_r=0
  • High Roller @ the Linq (Ferris Wheel on the strip).
  • Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq - A great place for bowling but what many forget about is the music venue.  Every week it seems a big name artist is playing there, many times for no more than $50.
  • Gold Spike - Super Fun, live music every night
  • Atomic Liquor - Great place with a great patio
  • Banger's Brewery - It's kind of hidden at the end of Fremont.   Great local brewery with HH from 5pm - 9pm.  Perfect.
  • The Artisan Hotel Bar - Just look at it.  Super cool place with a weird flower drink.
  • The Park at T-Mobile Arena.  Tons of new places to eat, drink, shop and hang out.
  • Roller Coasters at the Stratosphere and New York New York
  • Las Vegas City tours…start at the iconic Vegas sign and make your way down the strip, guides explain the history of various hotels and casinos
  • Black Canyon River Adventures  - rafting place near Hoover Dam
  • Wet N' Wild is back in action - This is the old water park that used to be near the strip but they've moved out about ten (10) mins away.  Great place to take the kids for a day.

Old School:

  • The white circles around the letter of the word “welcome” on the Las Vegas sign are supposed to portray silver dollars.  They were incorporated into the sign because Nevada is known as the Silver State.
  • Vegas Vic, the enormous neon cowboy that towers over Fremont Street is the world’s largest mechanical neon sign.
  • Bugsy Siegel named his hotel the Flamingo after the long legs of his showgirl girlfriend.
  • Howard Hughes stayed in the top floor of the Desert Inn so long he was asked to leave, he refused and bought the hotel.   Hughes quickly became one of the most powerful men in Las Vegas and was instrumental in changing the image of Las Vegas from its wild west roots into a more refined cosmopolitan city. 
  • Music legend Elvis Presley performed 837 consecutive sold out shows at the Las Vegas Hilton
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