Let’s face it; people like Las Vegas.
Even when the last recession hit and Las Vegas was faced with particularly high unemployment and a severe collapse of the housing market, 40 million visitors a year still found their way to the city to gamble, see shows and to get quickie marriages (possibly followed by long-lasting regrets).
The history of the rise of Las Vegas is like no other city in our country.
It is replete with true tales of gambling, prostitution, the Mob, celebrities, eccentrics, shady deals and greed. Since its founding in the 1930s, Sin City has evolved several times, and it is, once again, retooling, revamping, reshaping and re-inventing itself — all for the Millennials.
Turns out that this generation — young adults who came of age around 2000 — do not have gambling high on their Things-We-Love-to-Do List. So thanks to the proclivities of the Millennials, people of all ages can enjoy extraordinary theater, spas, food and fine art.
Here are just some of the many elements of Las Vegas 4.0 that I discovered on a recent media trip.
E’Louise Ondash is a veteran, award-winning journalist who was an investigative reporter, feature writer and columnist for the Times Advocate and the North County Times. She has written travel features for The Coast News since 2003.