Las Vegas is one of the most popular travel destinations in America. About 1/3 of US citizens have once been in this city. What allows a city in the desert, with the total lack of any historical attractions, be such an important tourist centre? The answer lies in Las Vegas reputation as a gambling capital of the world. The most of the tourists come here to test their fortune in casinos. That income puts Las Vegas in American top 5 of the cities according to the amount of the money spent by tourists. The history of the rise of Las Vegas began in 1930-s when American government allowed opening gambling establishments. This business made Las Vegas one the most rapidly developing cities in the United States. Its still not a very big city with its population of about 250 thousands, but it receives up to 30 millions tourists a year. Its no surprise that the most of Las Vegas population works in gambling or tourism industries. Gambling industry development demanded the increase of the amount of the hotels. Now Las Vegas overcomes New York, avowed tourism center, in the number of hotel rooms. Hotels have become the focus of the gambling life too. Almost every hotel has a casino or, at least, a couple of gambling automats. Casinos are open 24 hours a day, but you hardly see a clock inside. Its common practice you dont see how late it is and continue to play and spend you money. The most hazardous players can spend several days in casino without a break. Las Vegas is also known for its breathtaking shows – Siegfrei and Roy with white tigers in the hotel ig, knights tournament in the hotel Escalibure, illusionists show Magic empire of Caesar in the Caesars Palace, Paris cancan show Folies Bergere in Tropicana hotel. All shows are performed twice a day and your supper or cocktail is included in the price of the ticket. Caesars Palace is one of the most famous and interesting places in Las Vegas. Its the most luxury and magnificent hotel in the city. Triumph Arc in front of the entrance is decorated with columns and sculptures. Roman gardens and merchant district within the hotel area are also among the hotels attractions. The architects of the other casinos and hotels have also shown their outstanding fantasy. Enormous aquariums and winter gardens with waterfalls adorn casino Mirage, ancient frigates with cannons stand right in front of the casino Treasure island. The list is not full, of course, the beauty seemed to be a motto for those, who built the city. Here you dreams come true thats what they are trying to tell us. The most of the casinos and hotels in Las Vegas are concentrated in the centre, along the main thoroughfare – The Strip.