Las Vegas Overview
Hovering on the horizon like a mirage in the desert, Las Vegas seems like paradise. But it's not the spectacular hotel facades, or even the lure of winning it big that draws millions of visitors a year: it's the promise of trading humdrum reality for a world of total escapism. People come to Vegas to indulge themselves with food, glitzy shows, and slot machines.
In this pursuit of pleasure, Vegas is making a serious effort to swap lowbrow garishness for high-end sophistication. It now has a real art museum -- the kind without a single portrait of Elvis on velvet. Instead, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art boasts an impressive collection of works by Rembrandt, Picasso, Monet and other masters. If you'd rather own beautiful things... Read More