52. Las Vegas, Nevada
For many years, gambling in the United States
legal only in the state of Nevada. Nevada
a western state that is east of California,
of Oregon and Idaho, west of Utah, and
of Arizona. It is a desert state where
rain falls during the year. It is a
more than 275 miles from the city of
Angeles, which is where most of its visitors
from. Driving from Los Angeles is about four
. Las Vegas, which means the Meadows in Spanish,
established by the Mexicans in the mid-1800s. Much
what is now the southwestern part of the
States was then part of the Mexican Empire.
city was a railroad town established in 1905,
the first legal casinos appeared in 1931.
is now a gambling town, where people from
over the United States come to vacation. Its
is under 2,000,000, making it the 30th largest
in the country. Its original population in 1905
only 5,000. Much of the city's growth is
to the gambling industry. Many states have since
gambling, including New Jersey, and California, but Las
remains the No. 1 tourist city for gamblers
the U.S. Today some of its largest and
beautiful hotels include Bellagio, Flamingo, Caesars Palace, Treasure
, Mandalay Bay, and Wynn. These hotels are on
Vegas Boulevard, which is commonly called "The Strip."
its nearly year-round sunshine, beautiful casinos, and variety
gaming options, Las Vegas remains the best location
gambling in the U.S.