America’s High-Stakes Casinos

Get your game on! From slots and roulette to baccarat and poker, plenty of gaming action awaits at America's most popular casinos. Catch Lady Luck's eye and take a chance on fun at these resorts.

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The Strip

The Strip

Las Vegas Strip — the 4.2-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South — passes through Paradise and Winchester, 2 unincorporated towns, and it also is the heart of the glitzy in Vegas. The Strip has made Vegas a hot tourist attraction in part because 15 of the world’s largest hotels (by room count) are located here, as well as popular casinos, restaurants and over-the-top live entertainment. 960 1280

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Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Soar high above Las Vegas to see the city’s famous Strip, the diverse neighborhoods and the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon. Some companies provide hors d’oeuvres and/or a traditional Champagne breakfast to create a romantic atmosphere for couples. 960 1280

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Stratosphere Thrill Rides

Stratosphere Thrill Rides

Step off the ledge and go for the extreme. Get your heart-pounding thrills atop the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower with a free fall from the 108th floor; a 3-G spin 900 feet in the air; a headfirst dive 27 feet over the edge of the tower; or get shot 160 feet in the air at 45 miles high above Vegas. The Stratosphere’s rides -- Skyjump, Insanity, X-Scream and Big Shot -- are perfect for adrenaline junkies. 960 1280

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Hiking in Red Rock Canyon

Hiking in Red Rock Canyon

Take a hike! Visit the 197,000-acre Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located about 17 miles outside Las Vegas, to commune with nature and see 3,000-foot-tall red-rock formations. In addition to hiking, the family-friendly area offers other outdoor activities, including horseback riding and climbing — or just have a picnic and enjoy the amazing scenery.  960 1280

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Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

Explore the exotic wonders of Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The aquarium’s 1.3 million gallon main tank is one of the largest in North America. We recommend taking a walk through the stunning shark tunnel (pictured) and paying a visit to this fun Vegas attraction to see a wide variety of marine life, including sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish and the rare golden crocodile. 960 1280

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Cirque du Soleil’s 'Michael Jackson One'

Cirque du Soleil’s 'Michael Jackson One'

Head to Vegas’ Mandalay Bay to experience Cirque du Soleil’s immersive musical experience Michael Jackson One.  Watch as the King of Pop’s catalog of award-winning music comes to life through dance, acrobatics, aerial performances and amazing visuals. It’s a not-to-be-missed show if you’re a Michael Jackson fan! 960 1280

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Wynn Las Vegas Golf Course

Wynn Las Vegas Golf Course

Tee off at the Wynn Las Vegas Golf Course located on the Strip. The 7,042-yard, par-70, 18-hole course is the brainchild of American business magnate Steve Wynn and golf course architect Tom Fazio. Reservations are available up to 90 days in advance for Wynn and Encore guests and 30 days in advance for non-hotel guests. 960 1280

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Mob Museum

Mob Museum

The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, also known as the Mob Museum, showcases real stories and actual events in mob history through interactive and engaging exhibits about Al Capone, John Gotti, Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano and more. Located in a former federal courthouse and US post office, the museum opened its doors on Feb. 14, 2012, to coincide with the anniversary of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. 960 1280

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Italian Brunch at Vegas Uncork'd

Italian Brunch at Vegas Uncork'd

Get a once-in-a-lifetime cooking experience courtesy of the Pellegrino family. Actor and restaurateur Frank Pellegrino and his family show off their skills by serving up an Italian brunch as part of Vegas Uncork’d, an annual celebration of wine, food and spirits. 960 1280

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Vegas Uncork'd at Caesars Palace

Vegas Uncork'd at Caesars Palace

Experience a foodie’s delight at Vegas Uncork’d. This ultimate food and wine experience assembles cutting-edge mixologists, master sommeliers and celebrity chefs — including Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and Nobu Matsuhisa — for cooking and wine demos held at Caesars Palace (pictured), the Bellagio, Mandalay Bay and the MGM Grand. 960 1280

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Buggy Desert Racing

Buggy Desert Racing

For thrill-seekers visiting Vegas, hop in a custom-built dune buggy for an adrenaline-pumping off-road adventure over Nellis Dunes. 960 1280

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Zip-Lining in Bootleg Canyon

Zip-Lining in Bootleg Canyon

Get an adrenaline rush! Go zip-lining 1 1/2 miles across the Mojave Desert through Bootleg Canyon and Boulder City, NV, at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. According to Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the desert’s wildlife — which includes lizards, hawks and bighorn sheep — during the 3-hour experience. 960 1280

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MGM Grand Casino

MGM Grand Casino

Take a chance on your luck. Head to the MGM Grand Casino to play the slots, poker, blackjack, roulette and more. If that’s not your speed, place your bets on popular sporting events including NASCAR races, soccer games, championship tennis matches, championship golf tournaments, boxing matches or Thoroughbred races. 960 1280

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ATV Off-Road Adventure

ATV Off-Road Adventure

Hit the road and go for adventure! Hop on an ATV and traverse the desert’s rough but beautiful terrain. ATV Action Tours and American Adventure Tours are a few companies that provide these adventurous excursions. 960 1280

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Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience

In 1905, Las Vegas started near the corner of Fremont Street — the city’s first paved street — and Main Street. Today, all of your senses come alive when strolling down this $70 million experience. The 7-block open-air pedestrian mall features legendary casinos, performance stages, live entertainment and an amazing graphic light show. 960 1280

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Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat

Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat

Come face to face with bottlenose dolphins, white tigers, panthers, white lions and leopards at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. This must-see attraction at the Mirage also provides tourists with a unique experience of creating a painting with help from a friendly dolphin. 960 1280

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Racing fans should not miss out on making a trip to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which offers exciting experiences such as getting behind the wheel of a real Ferrari race car, competing in a side-by-side drag race and taking a tour of the speedway’s 9 tracks. 960 1280

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Little White Wedding Chapel

Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas is known as a destination for quick nuptials for couples in love or couples who’ve found love after a long night out on the town. Britney Spears, Joan Collins, Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Michael Jordan and other celebrities have been spotted at A Little White Wedding Chapel to renew their vows, to get married or to simply enjoy a fun visit. 960 1280

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Wild West Horseback Riding

Wild West Horseback Riding

Book a 5-hour outdoor adventure with Wild West Horseback Adventures to explore the trails of the most infamous outlaws of the American West on the Ol’ Spanish Trail ride. Or, you can take the scenic Sunset Dinner Ride to enjoy Nevada’s wildlife, as well as a meal of steak or mesquite grilled chicken, a baked potato, corn on the cob and a slice of apple pie.   960 1280

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National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas
National Finals Rodeo

National Finals Rodeo

A cowboy casts a cool look during the National Finals Rodeo, popularly known as the “Super Bowl of rodeo.” The 10-day event, held each year in Las Vegas, determines the world champ in 7 main events, including bareback riding, steer wrestling and team roping.

When to go: First full week of December
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Caldwell Night Rodeo

Caldwell Night Rodeo

The cowboys are the stars at this annual 5-day rodeo event. Held in the Boise metro area, Caldwell Night Rodeo draws crowds of more than 40,000 people, eager to see the big draw: many of the world’s top professional cowboys who make Caldwell Night Rodeo an annual stop on their circuit.

When to go: Mid-August
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Pendleton Round-Up

Pendleton Round-Up

Ready for some bulldogging? A cowboy reaches for a steer’s horns at the Pendleton Round-Up, one of the 10 largest rodeos in the world. Started in 1910, the annual rodeo event draws crowds of 50,000 to Pendleton, OR, where the town’s motto is, “The Real West.”

When to go: Mid-September
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Dodge City Roundup Rodeo

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo

Western heritage -- and big bucks -- draw championship cowboys and cowgirls to the annual Dodge City Roundup. Since its start in 1977, the 10-day event has grown to include a payout of nearly $254,000, alongside an audience of more than 100,000 people.

When to go: Late July to early August
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Cheyenne Frontier Days

Cheyenne Frontier Days

The granddaddy of rodeo events, Cheyenne Frontier Days has been held in its namesake Wyoming town since 1897. The outdoor rodeo and western celebration features hundreds of horses performing rodeo events and track acts. The annual event draws nearly 200,000 people, with a whopping 100,000 free pancakes served by the local Kiwanis club.

When to go: Last full week of July
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Ellensburg Rodeo

Ellensburg Rodeo

Now in its 75th year, the Ellensburg Rodeo in Washington State has grown from a local competition among ranch hands to a leading rodeo festival: More than 600 contestants vie for prize money in excess of $400,000. In the Pacific Northwest, the rodeo is second in size only to the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada.

When to go: Labor Day weekend
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Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

For 23 heart-pounding days, the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo puts on quite a show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The annual event, which draws a crowd of 900,000, showcases the world’s original indoor rodeo, with 36 performances of professional rodeo on display, such as calf roping.

When to go: Mid-January to early February
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Nebraskaland Days

Nebraskaland Days

Wild West showman Buffalo Bill considered North Platte, NE, his hometown, and went on to found modern-day rodeo in the city. Today, the legacy continues with Nebraskaland Days: The largest rodeo event in western Nebraska showcases parades, art shows, concerts, food events and, of course, rodeos.

When to go: Mid-June
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Yellowstone Rodeo

Yellowstone Rodeo

Exciting rodeo action mixes with stunning mountain sunsets at the annual Yellowstone Rodeo in southwestern Montana. The annual event showcases the big rodeo draws -- including bareback bronc riding, bull riding, team roping and saddle broc riding -- as well as a “calf scramble” event in which kids can safely compete.

When to go: June through early September
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National Western Stock Show

National Western Stock Show

Now in its 106th year, the National Western Stock Show in Denver spans 16 days, and a 100-acre show ground home to the second largest rodeo in the United States. Hands-on animal exhibits feature 15,000 head of horses, cattle, sheep, alpacas, llamas and more -- plus, a chance for the little ones to go giddy-up.

When to go: Last 2 weeks in January
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RodeoHouston

RodeoHouston

For the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock show, head to Houston’s Reliant Stadium. In 2012, this massive 1,900,000-square-foot facility hosted the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo -- and a whole lot of animals: 26,305 livestock and horse show exhibitors competed for a shot at a Houston championship.

When to go: Late February to mid-March
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Reno Rodeo

Reno Rodeo

Billed as the “wildest, richest rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo spans 10 days and attracts more than 140,000 fans. Events include a Miss Reno Rodeo Queen pageant, cattle drive, carnival rides and the Xtreme Bull Riding Tour stop, featuring 40 of the world’s best pro bull riders.

When to go: Late June
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Miss Rodeo America

Miss Rodeo America

Here she comes, Miss Rodeo America 2012 winner Mackenzie Carr -- the first winner from Oregon. The first pageant was held in Casper, WY, in 1955. Today, the annual pageant is held in Las Vegas, with contestants competing in areas of appearance, horsemanship and personality.

When to go: Early to mid-December
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Florence Junior Parada

Florence Junior Parada

The world’s oldest continuous junior rodeo finds its home in Florence, AZ. Eighty years since its start, the annual Florence Junior Parada rodeo draws hundreds of future PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Assocation) cowboys and cowgirls, ages 5 to 18, to compete in rodeo events such as team roping, breakaway roping and even bull riding.

When to go: Late November
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