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Las Vegas is the most populous city in the state of Nevada and hosted more than 40 million visitors in 2015. (Visitor profile)
Nearly 2.1 million of Nevada's 2.8 million residents live in Clark County, which covers the Las Vegas metro area. And we mention these people - locals and visitors - because they (we) are key to southern Nevada's cultures and economies.

⚡️ “#StateofVegas”

Outdoor Adventures

Las Vegas is an excellent hub for nearby outdoor adventures. Nearby state parks include Red Rock and Valley of Fire. National Parks within three hours include Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Zion. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is 24 miles southeast of the city and in the winter there's snow on the nearby Spring Mountains northwest of town (great to combine with a visit to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and Tule Springs National Monument). Further north is another brand-new national monument, Basin and Range. Closer to town (and Sam Boyd Stadium) is Clark County Wetlands Park. The city's parks are exceptional.


Tip: Read/download the map of historic downtown courtesy of the city government.


The news scene is shambolic. The local dead tree paper has no ombudsperson. Recommended local columnists: Ask a native and Green Felt Journal from Vegas Seven. And for those getting news on Twitter, here are Vegas accounts to follow on Twitter.

Time and Weather

Find more about Weather in Las Vegas, NV
Click for weather forecast

If it is 4pm in Las Vegas, what time is it elsewhere?
Weather Channel: Today's Forecast
Weather Channel 10 Day Forecast
Weather Underground
National Weather Service - @NWSVegas
National Weather Service: Extended Forecast

January 12 State of Las Vegas
State of Vegas 2017
#StateofVegas coverage starts at 4:15 on Facebook!
5pm Livestream

January 20 guided tours. Reservations 702-455-8200

March 3-5, 2017 Rugby Sevens

May 6, 2017 Las Vegas Mela
facebook @LasVegasMela


lasvegas news
lasvegas radio/tv

Disc Golf at Sunset Park

Things to do in Las Vegas: Play #discgolf at Sunset Park. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the park and the course first opened in 1977. -

Disc Golf at Sunset Park, Las Vegas 04.2015

More about Sunset Park
Please do not feed the animals! Bread is not bird food. - mustvisit,_Las_Vegas

City Parks

Las Vegas is an excellent hub for outdoor adventures.

City parks include Lorenzi (the oldest, created in 1921) and the Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, the largest park, and numerous amazing pocket parks.
NLV ready to take wraps off its ‘crown jewel,’ Craig Ranch Regional Park
Valley's regional parks offer grand experiences - Las Vegas Sun News
Postrecession era presents a whole new ballgame for parks funding ...

Angel Park Trail

Parks in Las Vegas total 3,072 acres, which is 3.5 percent of the size of the city.
The Trust for Public Land Releases 2013 ParkScore Index
With return of outdoor playtime, here are six must-visit Las Vegas Valley parks

Wetlands Park

Picnic Shelter Reservations

Charlie Frias - map

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park

500 E. Washington Avenue
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park - The first permanent non-native settlers in the Las Vegas Valley were a group of Mormon missionaries who built an adobe fort along Las Vegas Creek in 1855. The fort was called Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort. They successfully farmed the area by diverting water from the creek.Today, the park includes a remnant of the original adobe fort, which contains interpretive displays. The Visitor Center contains exhibits on the history of the site, as well as historic artifacts. Historic interpretation is and will remain the focus of the park.
Related: Visit Old Mormon Fort to learn Las Vegas history

Exploration Park

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is a kid-friendly institution dedicated to natural science education. Through interactive exhibits, educational programs and the preservation of its collections, the museum strives to instill an understanding and appreciation of the world’s wildlife, ecosystems and cultures.

Springs Preserve
Las Vegas was first settled because of its springs. What remains is protected in the Las Vegas Springs Preserveis 180 acres of historic land located just west of downtown.
333 South Valley View Boulevard
(702) 822-7700

September 12 Autumn Plant Sale

Springs Preserve hosts the sale of water-wise and desert-adapted plants.

North Las Vegas

Joe Kneip Park
Joe Kneip Park will be dedicated on September 17, 2015


Frenchman Mountain Great Unconformity
Outside Las Vegas
Take a hike in Vegas
Neon to Nature

Bikes / Cycling
In 2006 30 miles of bike lanes in Las Vegas. Now more than 400 miles in 2015. Bike Lane Corridor Expansion underway. Bronze category of a bike-friendly community.

Explore the @CityOfLasVegas on your #bike. Find bike routes and #trail maps here

Bikesharing: Can Las Vegas Do It? - KNPR

Viva Bike Vegas
Bike the bright lights of Las Vegas in the fourth annual RTC Viva Bike Vegas cycling event, Saturday, October 15, 2011, featuring three spectacular routes - a 103-mile, a 60-mile and a 17-mile ride that all include the world renowned Las Vegas Strip. It's the Tour de France Vegas Style and the only ride that takes you through THE STRIP and entire Las Vegas Valley from the heart of Sin City to the vistas of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and scenic trails near Lake Mead National Park. Proceeds benefit Nevada Cancer Institute, After-School All-Stars Las Vegas, and Nevada Child Seekers.

Is Las Vegas a Bike-Friendly Town? - What would it take for Las Vegas to become a bike-friendly city? Is it just a matter of adding a bike lane... or changing our city's mentality? And how would drivers feel about more bikers and bike lanes? Cyclists and the RTC director weigh in. Do you think Las Vegas can be a bike friendly town? Should it?

More about cycling
Neon to Nature - @GetHealthyCC - @vvrtrail -


Tourism official calls Trump’s foreign policy a challenge for international tourism promotion
Sorry, Las Vegas Isn't Close To Running Entirely On Renewable Energy - @RRapier
Las Vegas Is Now Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy
Las Vegas’s city government is now powered by 100% renewable energy

Twitter Moments
⚡️ “50 Years of Sunset Park #LasVegas #CityParks”

2016 Headlines
City of Las Vegas Puts Data and Progress Online - KNPR
Quality of Life in Las Vegas - @TeleportInc
Las Vegas is bicycle-friendly? - Velo News
Pollutant made famous by Erin Brockovich flows from taps in Las Vegas, nationwide
A language all our own - Outbounding
The 'Star Trek' Saga: How the Starship Enterprise Almost Landed in Las Vegas
Best Rooftop Bars.
Can you pass a test to become a ‘certified’ Vegas tour guide? — QUIZ - @unlvgaming
Why T-Mobile Arena Is a Game Changer - @unlvgaming - @DTLVfans
16 things you’ll do in Las Vegas in 2016

Parking Fees

Desert Underwater

WATCH: Desert Underwater special produced by the I-Team

Hawaii Connections (The Ninth Island) - It's obvious when you know it

Quick. Can you say Papahānaumokuākea? Have a listen.
Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club - -

9th Island

Where to eat?
Las Vegas Locally recommends Aloha Specialties restaurant in @thecalcasino = THE BOMB

City's New Website



Trip of the Week
#1 Las Vegas Locals Photography Club Pool

10 Things We Love about First Friday Las Vegas @FirstFridayLV #firstfridaylv #rtcities

First Friday

Las Vegas hosts First Friday ... the first Friday every month. The event debuted in October 2002 and has more than its fair share of ups and downs. Sometimes a gathering is large and rambunxious. Most lately it's just a quiet night where people are unsure of where the party is.
Twitter hashtag: #FirstFridayLV

The second Thursday mark your calendar for Green Drinks
Twitter hashtag: #GreenDrinksLV


The city is the number one convention destination in the USA. In 2013 the city hosted 21,000 conventions with more than 5 million attendees.

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority


Convention and Visitors Authority

Hiking Las Vegas
Addicted to Las Vegas
Tivoli Village
Responsible Tourism Networking

Twitter: LV Media

For anyone following Review Journal story, follow the reporters on Twitter
@reviewjournal @RickVelotta @RefriedBrean @SteveSebelius @JamesDeHaven @nealtmorton @JamesDeHaven @ethartley @seanw801 @randompoker

@jlnevadasmith @mhengel @howardstutz


More Twitter

Twitter: LV Government


Twitter Trends - @TrendsLasVegas


#dtlv = Downtown Las Vegas
#LVCouncil - Las Vegas Council Meetings

Las Vegas Twitter 10.2016


Cactus Garden
Neon Boneyard

Flickr Groups

#1 Las Vegas Locals Photography Club

View my Flipboard Magazine.


City of Las Vegas Government
las vegas/henderson parks

Google Groups

Las Vegas/Henderson Parks


City of Las Vegas Government

Featured Online Conversation
Responsible tourism? Viva Las Vegas

What are your favorite Las Vegas radio and TV stations? ¿Cuáles son tus estaciones favoritos de Las Vegas?


Radian 6
Nevada Magazine - Hidden Gems - flickr
Las Vegas Nevada Blog
Xtreme horticulture of the Desert
Las Vegas Arts and Culture - @VitalVegas
Coming to Terms with Las Vegas - Michael Kaye

Buzzword Bingo

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Ron in Downtown Las Vegas #dtlv 08.2014 (square)

Downtown Las Vegas #dtlv



Live Music

Brooklyn Bowl
The Pearl (Palms)
The Colosseum (Caesars Palace)
The Joint (Hard Rock)
House of Blues (Mandalay Bay)

September 11 Pedal Palooza

Biking and Bars
Golf -

Las Vegas Sign

On the median of Las Vegas Boulevard South, near Mandalay Bay, the iconic sign built in 1959 is a popular attraction for visitors. Betty Willis designed the sign and donated it to her city. The 25-foot-tall sign is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The sign has been moved several times, deployed farther and farther south to remain on the periphery of casino development.
County to expand parking lot at Las Vegas welcome sign
Vegas sign a tourist attraction in its own right

High Roller / LINQ

Largest wheel in the world ... not the success it was expected (11,000/day but attracting 5,000/day in 2014)
Your guide to the Linq — for tourists and locals
@TheLINQ @HighRollerVegas

Museums and Cultural Attractions

There are a number of cultural attractions, including the Hispanic Museum of Nevada,
3680 S. Maryland Parkway

Atomic Testing Museum

Neon Museum and Boneyard. (boneyard on google maps)

Discovery Children's Museum

Research centers include the Brain Institute and the Desert Research Institute

The Mob Museum is located at 300 Stewart Avenue. The building was dedicated on November 27, 1933 as the city's first federal building.

Union Park is where meets science, commerce meets culture and home meets workplace. Union Park is a vibrant convergence of people and place, sixty-one acres in the heart of Las Vegas – at the historic wellspring where it all began.

Cultural Corridor

Las Vegas


City Center is the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States. The project was started by MGM Mirage and Dubai World. The complex opened on December 16, 2009 and at a pricetag of $8.5 billion, occupies 67 acres of the Las Vegas Strip between Frank Sinatra Drive and Las Vegas Boulevard.

CityCenter says that it provides a blueprint for the future combining a healthy quality of life with a commitment to sustainable design and construction. CityCenter achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, for its innovative approach to site development, preserving indoor environmental quality, water savings, energy efficiency and materials selection.

More than $40 million was spent on outdoor art, including original sculptures and a colorful bouquet of canoes.

"The question regarding whether CityCenter will profitably grow the Las Vegas market, or result in significant profit cannibalization of existing properties, is about to be answered," Michael Paladino wrote in the report for Fitch Ratings Service cited in the Las Vegas Review Journal (December 2009).

The opening of City Center added 4,500 hotel rooms to the local market. The complex is betting on high-end attractions, including the Crystals shopping center.

CityCenter - Flickr

Architectural review of Las Vegas CityCenter hotel-casino-shopping complex -

Las Vegas rolls the dice on CityCenter
CityCenter - Las Vegas Sun
S&P issues negative outlook for CityCenter (2011)
CityCenter - Wikipedia (2013)

Water Use and Conservation in a Time of Drought - @lvvwd

"The Southern Nevada Water Authority, speaking for Las Vegas, thinks the solution lies beneath four valleys in Eastern Nevada, with a multibillion dollar pipeline that would pump valley water into Las Vegas. The plan sounds sensible to most business owners and developers in Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County, but Nevadans further east, particularly farmers and ranchers, fear the project would deplete already scarce resources, threatening their way of life." - Jim Malewitz, More Water for Las Vegas Means More Resentment in Rural Areas

The Federal government has warned that water could run out for the city by 2025. More recently, researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said there was a 50 percent chance that Lake Mead, which supplies Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego with water, could run dry by 2021.

Water isn’t a worry when it comes to Las Vegas growth - @J_Robison1

Water Pipeline
Lake Mead sinks to a record low

Water Waste
Clark County ranks high on new 'water hogs' list - @CenterForBioDiv

Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas, long viewed as a bust, is rebounding

Water Wasters
Interactive Map of The Valley's Top Water Users

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Hoover Dam
Lake Mead National Recreation Area


Recycling in Las Vegas Hotels - "One thing that makes recycling in Las Vegas different from other areas in the country is the ability to easily recycle food waste. Waste Management Inc./RC Farms a local pig farm and recycling company, offers an alternative way to deal with food no longer suitable for human consumption. The family business was started thirty years ago by Robert Combs (RC). According to Clint Combs, son and General Manager of Waste Management Inc., thirty tons of food waste is picked up from local hotels and restaurants in Las Vegas every day. Food waste is taken to the pig farm, processed, cooked and fed to the more than 6000 pigs at the farm. Since composting can be difficult in Las Vegas' dry desert climate, the pig farm offers a viable alternative to landfilling a useful resource.",-115.1331644,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c8e851e7eeb165:0xd746f5b90d96893b?hl=en


Las Vegas owes much to its natural springs which attracted Spanish explorers. The name (Spanish for 'the meadows') due to the lush grass that surrounded the springs.

Las Vegas celebrates its birthday on May 15.
Las Vegas is founded as a city on May 15, 1905, when 110 acres of land situated between Stewart Avenue on the north, Garces Avenue to the south, Main Street to the west, and 5th Street (Las Vegas Boulevard) to the east, are auctioned off.

In 1931 the town was changed by the legalization of gambling and the construction of Boulder Dam (later named Hoover Dam), which attracted new residents and visitors. According to the 2000 U.S. Census Las Vegas was the fastest-growing metropolitan area with an 83.3 percent growth rate.

The Post Office name was changed after 10 years from "Los Vegas" to "Las Vegas" on Dec 9, 1903


Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens -

June 2013: Bellagio’s fountains have been named the No. 1 landmark in the U.S. TripAdvisor picked the famed Las Vegas attraction based on millions of reviews on


While there is a great value in the authentic experience, millions value the 'inauthentic' if it's well done. No one would mistake the Luxor Casino for one of the pyramids in Egypt or the roller coasters at New York, New York for Coney Island. These landmarks are famous for being replicas. Where else in the world are Egyptian pyramids, French landmarks and New York theme parks within blocks of one another?


Nearby: Desert National Wildlife Refuge

Nearby: Mount Charleston


Nearby: Railroad Pass

Railroad Pass turns 80, making it the oldest operating casino in Nevada

Nearby: Red Rock

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located west of Las Vegas and encompasses 197,000 acres within the Mojave Desert. Millions of years ago when the West Coast of North America was near present-day Utah, the land that is now Red Rock Canyon was the bottom of a shallow sea.


Summerlin,_Nevada - Wikipedia,+Las+Vegas,+NV+89135/@36.1528527,-115.3359949,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c8be548165fddd:0x38b7a79d7e65a259!8m2!3d36.1528527!4d-115.3338062?hl=en

hualapai canyon trail

Nearby: Sloan Canyon Recreation Area

Conservationist has lifetime of secrets worth sharing

Nearby: Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs

The 680 acre Floyd Lamb Park is a welcome oasis in the desert of northwest Las Vegas. With its wildlife, lush vegetation, lakes and views of the Sheep and Spring Mountain Ranges, Floyd Lamb is a natural park unique to the typical city experience. More on the Tule Springs Wiki

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Nearby: China Ranch

China Ranch Date Farm is a family-owned farm, a lush piece of greenery nestled in the Mojave Desert. China Ranch is located outside the town of Tecopa near the southern end of Death Valley National Park. It's about 80 miles from Las Vegas. Take Interstate 15 South to highway 160. Go west (over the hump, toward Pahrump) to Tecopa Highway. Go 35 miles west on Tecopa Highway (which becomes Old Spanish Trail Highway in California) to Furnace Creek Road, turn left. Follow the signs to China Ranch.

The District (Henderson, Nevada) - a set on Flickr

Nearby: Henderson

Henderson is located adjacent to Las Vegas in the foothills to the south. Places of interest include Ethel M. Chocolates, Lake Las Vegas, the District and Nevada State College.

Nearby: Double Negative
Double Negative - Wikipedia

Terminal 3


LOCATION - Las Vegas is located at 36°11?39?N, 115°13?19?W
TRANSPORTATION -- McCarran International Airport - @lasairport - Facebook
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) - Facebook -

Recommend reading: McCarran Airport: One of Las Vegas’ greatest resources

Time to spare at McCarran? Check out the Aviation Museum on Level 2 and learn about the history of aviation in Southern Nevada.
$2.4 billion (£1.5bn) Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport

Find information about transportation, retail and dining options at

RTC’s Club Ride Commuter Services


Not sure which route to take? Use the online Transit Trip Planner

Rental Cars

The McCarran Rent-A-Car Center is located at 7135 Gilespie Street, just three miles from the airport with easy freeway access to Interstates 15 and 215 and the Las Vegas Strip. The Center is open 24 hours and features state-of-the art customer service facilities.

Bonneville Transit Terminal

The Bonneville Transit Terminal, located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, on the southwest corner of Casino Center Boulevard at 101 E. Bonneville Avenue. The 21,000 square-foot facility features 16 on-site vehicle bays, approximately 100 double-stacked bike racks, a self-service bike repair station and preferred parking spaces for hybrid vehicles. The terminal features air-conditioned, fully-enclosed waiting areas for passengers, canvas shade structures with solar panels and an administration area. The Bonneville Transit Center was designed with a commitment to sustainability. It’s expected to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification of Gold and will serve as a flagship facility for the RTC.

Las Vegas Monorail - Facebook - @lvmonorail
How monorail's fate might have been different -

First Friday 04.2012

Elsewhere on the Web -
Las Vegas Now
Hoover Dam Bypass
Arts Las Vegas
Cultural Corridor
Schmap Las Vegas
Art Festivals
Las - Blog
vegaschatter - @vegaschatter - @zipcode_mags - - @artsfactorylv - @ffw_pr - - @VegasFanboy - @lvtgg

City of Asylum Las Vegas

Mexico Connections
Viva Fiesta Las Vegas! Event immerses downtown in Latin American culture

El Dorado
3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Dr., 702-722-2289, - @ElDoradoVegas

Clark County

Home to 2 million and visited by 40 million+ yearly, Clark, the 14th-largest U.S. county, covers an area the size of New Jersey and includes the Las Vegas StripLas Vegas, Nevada


Las Vegas's Best New Attractions

Clark County Museum
1830 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson
Clark County Museum Explores Powwow Tradition - Clark County Government
'Lost Vegas' Exhibit Open Through Aug. 26, 2012

"If I can get you here once, you'll come back." - Clark County Museum Administrator Mark Hall-Patton

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Recommended Listening

KNPR - Twitter - Facebook
Vegas Gang Podcast - @vegasgang - itunes
360 Vegas - @360vegas - Facebook
kydz radio

Tourism Portals

Las Vegas
Press and Research


Review Journal - Facebook
Report a missed delivery 702-383-0400
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Las Vegas Sun
Twitter feeds from the Sun's family:

Business News
Arts & Entertainment
Las Vegas Weekly
Celebrity News
Robin Leach
Jon Ralston
Las Vegas Magazine
Hotels, shows & more

News Weeklies

Vegas Seven
Las Vegas Weekly
The Sunday



Guest Gauge
Rate Vegas

Tourism Industry

Las Vegas Events
Convention and Visitors Authority
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation
Preservation Association of Clark County
Cultural Corridor Coalition
Fitness tourism making strides in Las Vegas


Chamber of Commerce
Preview Las Vegas
City of Las Vegas


Gaming - Vegas Inc

Free and Frugal


Condor - Germany - Las Vegas


Las Vegas Review Journal - Community Link - Tourism - Travel - Regional News - Cerca - @reviewjournal

Las Vegas Sun - Local news (enter zipcode) - @lasvegassun
Las Vegas PBS
Google News
Las Vegas City Life - @VegasMyNews3
8 news now - facebook

Eco News

Living Green in Las Vegas
Sustainability in Vegas: The Springs Preserve - TreeHugger
Las Vegas bets on environmentalism - USA Today
Herbally Grounded, 4441 West Charleston Blvd -
Natural Awakenings - - @naturalvegas
Hashtag: #vegasgoesgreen

Nearby: Lake Mead National Recreation Area News Sources:
Official Park Web Site:
Press Release Distribution List:
Incident News: @LakeMeadNRA
News Imagery:
World Parks: Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Entertainment Media - facebook - @SmashMagazine - @lvcitylife - @7Vegas - Ask a native - Green Felt Journal

Energy -



The Las Vegas 51s have the proud distinction of being the longest enduring franchise in the history of professional sports in Southern Nevada. Las Vegas Triple-A baseball was born on April 10, 1983 before a crowd of 10,622 at Cashman Field

Las Vegas Sun: 51s
Las Vegas 51s Baseball - Schedule