The small desert oasis of Las Vegas lies in the southeastern part of the state of Nevada and has the boisterous, electric atmosphere of a city that is less than 100 years old. "Sin City" holds its own when compared with any of the world's other major metropolitan cities. It always seems ready to meet the challenge of building yet another huge mega-hotel with unparalleled capacities that will impress its visitors.
Las Vegas cannot be defined without resorting to superlatives to describe the famous theme casinos that seek to overwhelm patrons with sumptuously enticing surroundings and seductive game rooms. The casinos usually feature no visible clocks or windows. Indeed, though the magnificent decor may first attract visitors, the main goal is to get them to gamble by forgetting all about the real world, like children engrossed in a game.
The Strip, the main 5km stretch of the city's central thoroughfare, bustles day and night with crowds of people in search of entertainment. Everything here is carefully orchestrated to not only grab their attention, but also to stun and bewilder them: scores of neon signs beam out hundreds of watts of light, and the aggressive advertising found in the streets is deafening. Not to mention the innumerable wedding chapels where the best man always looks like Elvis, and the monster hotel-casinos that compete for customers.