Casinos, glitzy glamour and showbiz spectaculars – for most people this is what Las Vegas holidays are all about. They are not disappointed, because Vegas certainly lives up to its reputation, and its nickname of “Sin City”.

The casinos are rightly world famous and are open 24 hours a day, every day, with the opportunity for punters to try their luck at the blackjack, craps or roulette tables, or to chance their arm on the rows of high-payout fruit machines. Gaming lessons are routinely available for absolute beginners or those who wish to increase their confidence and brush up their skills.

There is also an alternative for people who do not feel quite as home in the world of croupiers and professional gamblers – for a more relaxing punt, many casinos now feature comfortable lounges, where bets can be placed on big-screen televised sports games. In short, if there is something going on in the world, someone will have invented a way to bet on it, and it is this that makes Las Vegas holidays so different.

With the likes of Bette Midler headlining at the famous Colosseum at the Caesars Palace complex, Las Vegas will always live up to its reputation for offering the most amazing shows. Apart from the massive names that the city attracts – Blue Man Group and Cirque de Soleil have both become fixtures in the last few years – visitors can always check out the spectacular revues with their stunning showgirls, catch a famous musical, or relax to the sounds of a lounge singer, a rock, jazz or blues band – or any one of dozens more contemporary musical sounds available at a host of venues across the country.

In recent years, trips out into the rugged desert of Nevada have become more popular for people on Las Vegas holidays and they are an excellent way to get a taste of the cowboy lifestyle. Great deals on ranch trips or trail rides can be found by booking online. Why not take a trip to the incredible Grand Canyon? Riding lessons can be obtained from experienced ranchers and guides can be hired who know the local area like the back of their hand. Families are welcome too – there are even special riding holidays available for children.

Of course, before Las Vegas holidays can begin, you need to get there. Luckily, the city is well served by air, with McCarran International Airport just five kilometres south of the famous Strip.

Kim has 5 years experience in the travel industry. She enjoys writing articles on different holiday locations and travel tips.