Las Vegas is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, reinventing itself over the years as a gambling mecca, family destination, capital of hedonism ("What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas"), or even the Entertainment Capital of the World, due to the popularity of legalized gambling and various forms and degrees of adult entertainment.
"Vegas" is the most populous city in the state of Nevada. It was established in 1905 and officially became a city in 1911. It is the largest U.S. city founded in the 20th century.
The name Las Vegas is often applied to the areas that surround the city, especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip, where most gambling casinos are located. This 4 mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard is mostly outside the city limits, in the unincorporated town of Paradise.
In recent years Las Vegas experienced tremendous growth, with a large number of technology companies relocating to Nevada. It also is a home to a growing number of international computer shows and conventions, such as the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January and the International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC West) in March.
The city's glamorous image has made it a popular setting for films and television programs.
Las Vegas is located in an arid basin surrounded by mountains varying in color from pink to rust to gray. The Spring Mountains lie to the west. As befits a desert, much of the landscape is rocky and dusty. Within the city, however, there are a great deal of lawns, trees, and other greenery.
Some most beautiful canyons in the United States: the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce can be reached within a few hours drive from the city and are popular destinations for the Las Vegas vacationers.