Destination 2017: Las Vegas

Everything you think you know about Las Vegas is more or less true. It’s a desert city that boomed in the latter part of the 20th century thanks to the gaming and entertainment industries. It’s featured prominently in film and television, from Bond caper Diamonds Are Forever to procedural crime sensation CSI to, of course, the Ocean’s Eleven and The Hangover movies. Some people still call it Sin City, though that moniker doesn’t ring quite true nowadays—families with young children have made Britney Spears’ outgoing “Piece of Me” show at Planet Hollywood one of the most successful acts in the history of the Vegas Strip. Speaking of which, it is also true that you can see the lights of the Strip—the estimated 15,000 miles of neon tubing and hundreds of thousands of light bulbs—from outer space.

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