There’s a reason more than 41 million people flock to Vegas each year. Where else can you ride a gondola in Venice, have dinner in the Alpines, place a bet in a world-famous casino, get hitched in a pink corvette and cheers champagne glasses under the Eiffel Tower – all in the span of only 4 hours? Nowhere else, that’s where. Sin City is the ultimate getaway. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… well- except for this round up of 15 dirty little secrets that managed to make it off the strip.
15 Things You Didn’t Know About Las Vegas
- Vegas is home to 14 of the world’s 20 biggest hotels.
- The largest sum won on Vegas’ slots was at the Excalibur. After putting in $100, a 25 year-old software engineer won $39 million. A pretty amazing score, considering he beat the odds for 1 in 16.7 million.
- Gambling not your thing? Not to worry – there’s a heavy equipment playground in Las Vegas where you can drive bulldozers for fun!
- In roughly 10 minutes, you and your ‘special someone’ can snag a marriage license at the bureau in downtown Las Vegas. Open every day from 8 a.m. until midnight, some 10,000 couples wed in the city each month. That’s about 300 per day!
- At 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere Las Vegas is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the nation.
- The Las Vegas Strip is the brightest place on Earth when looked at from outer space. How you’ll ever get such a vantage point, I have no idea. But you can always opt for a pretty sweet helicopter ride, instead. Won’t exactly get you to outer space; but hey, nothing else will get you any closer! (Helicopter rides in New York are pretty sweet, too. Read all about ’em here!)
- FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith saved his company with a trip to Vegas. In 1974, three years after he created the company, Smith took the venture’s last $5,000 and turned it into $32,000 after a weekend of blackjack.
- It would take 288 years for one person to spend one night in every hotel room in Las Vegas.
- There’s a city underneath the city. Originally built to protect the town from flash floods, miles of tunnels currently house hundreds of homeless residents.
- Yes ladies, it’s true: the hunks from Thunder Down Under really are from Australia. Not only do these studs have perfectly chiseled bodies, they’ve also got Aussie accents. The icing on an already drool-worthy cake.
- In May 1955, the Moulin Rouge made history when it became the city’s first interracial casino. Legendary boxer Joe Louis, a part owner, declared, “This isn’t the opening of a Las Vegas hotel. It’s history.”
- To perform at the Hilton hotel, Liberace had a $300,000 weekly salary.
- Las Vegas has a “black book” of her own: a list of people who are banned from setting foot in any casino in the city.
- The Luxor Sphinx in Las Vegas is actually larger than the original.
- Vegas’ water structures, like fountains and man-made lakes, use something called grey-water, which is recycled water from sinks, bathtubs and showers.
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