http://www.scenic.com/ | Las Vegas and its surrounding areas are rich with history and fun facts. We explore the many points of interest of this one-of-a-kind destination, from the Vegas strip to the Grand Canyon.
The city of Las Vegas and its surroundings are seen by about 40,000,000 people
every year. With its bright lights, world-class dining, spectacular shows, and one-of-a-
kind natural wonders, it’s easy to see why families flock to this unique destination.
On the following pages, we are going to explore the history, learn some trivia, and
see what makes Vegas one of the most sought-after vacation spots in the world.
W E L C O M E T O
In 1905, Las Vegas became a city. It took 26 years before
gambling became legal, and at the time, there were only a
little more than 5,000 people. Compare that to the over
580,000 who live there today!
Fun Fact: The light on the top of the Luxor hotel can be
seen from airplanes over 100 miles away.
One of the seven
natural wonders of the
world is located just a 1-
hour flight away. The
Grand Canyon became a
national monument in
1908. It is 277 miles
long, 18 miles wide, and
over 1 mile deep –
nearly 2 billion years of
history lay in the sides
of the Grand Canyon.
A D V E N T U R E S I N T H E
E X P L O R I N G T H E
If you are driving to the Grand Canyon, make sure to stop by the Hoover Dam.
Completed in 1935, this was once the world’s tallest dam at 726 feet high. Take
a tour of the facility or even explore the Colorado River on a raft.
Fun Fact: The Hoover Dam is currently the 27th tallest dam in the world and
the second tallest in the U.S. (45 feet shorter than Oroville Dam in California).
In 1956, Betty Willis created
the world-famous “Welcome
to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.
From that moment on, a
whirlwind of hotels and
casinos began to spring up.
Many have stood the test of
time: Tropicana (1957),
Ceasars Palace (1966), MGM
Grand (1973), Harrah’s (1974),
and The Mirage (1980).
Fun Fact: When the MGM
Grand was built, it was the
largest hotel in the world.
C R E A T I N G
R E L A X I N G O N
Take a break from the hustle and bustle
of Vegas crowds, and relax and play at
Lake Mead—only 30 minutes away from
the Strip. Enjoy swimming, boating,
hiking, and the peaceful wilderness.
Fun Fact: Lake Mead is the 16th largest
manmade lake in the world.
The excitement of the Strip has continued to
boom over the last few decades. A host of new
famous hotels have emerged in this time:
G E T T I N G
Excalibur (1990), Luxor (1993), Stratosphere (1996), New York-New York (1997),
Bellagio (1998), Venetian (1999), WYNN (2005), and Cosmopolitan (2010).
Fun Fact: The Stratosphere Tower is the
tallest freestanding observation tower in
the United States.
Want more highflying adventure? There is nothing
more exciting than taking a helicopter ride or
venturing out onto the glass-bottom Grand Canyon
Skywalk. See all the sights of the Grand Canyon from
above. Go to the places few ever see!
A N A M A Z I N G
Since 1967, Scenic Airlines has been flying over the Grand Canyon—setting the
standard for aerial sightseeing tours. Now world famous for their Grand Canyon
airplane tours, Scenic Airlines remains the largest and most experienced aerial tour
operator in the world.
For more information, please visit www.scenic.com.