7 Interesting Facts about Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a neon-lit city in the state of Nevada. Famous for its casinos, showgirls, dancing fountains and Elvis impersonators, the city attracts around 42 million visitors a year. Las Vegas has traded its crown as the gambling capital of the world for the title of wedding capital of the world, due to the number of couples that say “I do” every day in its chapels and drive-thru ceremonies. So, if you are planning a trip or are just curious to learn more. Here are some of the most interesting facts about Las Vegas.

7 Interesting Facts about Las Vegas

1. Las Vegas is home to the world’s largest gold nugget

The Golden Nugget Hotel on Fremont Street is where you’ll find the world’s largest gold nugget. Kevin Hillier discovered The Hand of Faith Golden Nugget in Australia in 1980. It weighs in at a massive 61 pounds. Not only is it the largest golden nugget still in existence, but it’s also the second-largest golden nugget ever discovered, and the biggest ever found with a metal detector.

2. Las Vegas is the wedding capital of the world

Roughly 120,000 weddings take place every year in Las Vegas. That works out to an average of 300 weddings per day. The Las Vegas wedding industry is worth around $2.5 billion a year with revenue generated from vendors, venues, independent contractors and resort revenue from visitors. One of the reasons Las Vegas is such a popular wedding destination is because it is quick and cheap to get married here. You can get a wedding licence in around 20 minutes and it costs just $50.

3. Las Vegas is no longer the gambling capital of the world

Las Vegas is one of the great gambling cities. However, it’s no longer the gambling capital of the world. Despite holding the title until 2007, Macau now wears that crown. Gambling revenues in Macau exceed Las Vegas each year. In fact, Macau’s 41 casinos made $36 billion in revenue in 2019. This is six times as much generated by the 144 casinos in Las Vegas.

4. Las Vegas is a hotel hotspot

Out of the 20 largest hotels in the world, eleven of them are located in Las Vegas. The Venetian takes the spot as the second-largest hotel in the world, while the MGM Grand gets third place, followed by the CityCenter in fourth place. In fact, of the 12 hotels in the United States that are on the list of the 20 biggest hotels in the world, all but one are in Las Vegas. Sticking with hotels, here’s a fun bonus fact about Las Vegas: The lion outside the MGM Grand is the largest bronze sculpture in the United States.

5. The Strip isn’t in Las Vegas

The famous Las Vegas Strip is not located within the city limits of Las Vegas. The strip actually falls outside of the city limits as is in the towns of Winchester and Paradise which come under the jurisdiction of Clark County. Do you know what else isn’t in Las Vegas? The iconic Las Vegas sign! This too is located in the neighbouring town of Paradise.

6. In Las Vegas you can ride the world’s second-tallest observation wheel

Located between the Flamingo Home and The Linq Hotel & Casino, the High Roller is one of the major attractions when visiting Las Vegas. Standing 550-feet tall and measuring 520-feet in diameter, the High Roller Ferris wheel holds the record for being the second-tallest observation wheel in the world. It was the tallest up until the Ain Dubai opened in 2021. The High Roller in Las Vegas has 28 glass cabins that offer incredible, sweeping views of Las Vegas and its surroundings.

7. Las Vegas is home to the tallest freestanding observation tower in the U.S

Las Vegas likes to build things tall! At 1149-feet, the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and the second tallest free-standing structure west of the Mississippi River. The Garfield Smelter Stack in Utah is the tallest free-standing structure west of the Mississippi River. From the observation deck some 869-feet up the Stratosphere Tower, you get unobstructed views of Las Vegas.

Melanie May

Melanie is an intrepid solo traveller, endlessly curious about people, places and food. She is a fan of slow travel and loves exploring the world by mouth, discovering a culture through its food. Having backpacked her way around the world she turned her wanderlust into a career and is now a full-time travel writer.

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