Do you feel like seeing the big city lights? Want to go to New York tonight? Paris and Rome also await–and they’re only a 4.5 hour drive from Los Angeles. We recently wrote about California’s casinos taking a bite out of Nevada tourism. And while this still stands true, Californians continue to go to Las Vegas like crazy, mainly because there’s more to do than casinos–and it’s all in one place. You can travel the globe in a variety of casinos, hotels and architectural treatments that include a model of the Statue of Liberty in front of “New York City”, a great pyramid, Caesar’s Palace and an Eiffel Tower replica that features dinner views overlooking “The Strip” and evening water shows at Bellagio across the street.
Bellagio is a personal favorite for hotel accommodations, though there are many great places to stay in all price ranges. Sometimes Californians need a change of pace, a change of scenery and pure entertainment. Las Vegas delivers on all counts, and you can fly there from nearly any airport in California if you don’t want to drive.
Visitors to Las Vegas: Las Vegas, known for its international appeal, has seen an uptick in visitors to Sin City recently. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority’s most recent data, traffic is up and hotel prices are down slightly. The average cost of a room is around $107 currently.