I think Las Vegas, Nevada is a great destination! I won a trip to Las Vegas in 2006. It was for 3 days and 2 nights. It was the perfect amount of time. Las Vegas is one of the places where you only need to go for a weekend if you wanted. This was my first time to Vegas besides one time when I had a layover there.
I stayed at the Imperial Palace Hotel which was almost in the middle of the Strip (the 8 mile strip of road where all the casinos and main attractions are located). We had tickets to go see Lance Burton, a magician, at the Monte Carlo. I absolutely loved that show. It was incredible. I had never been to a magic show before. Las Vegas has so much you can do.
Nighttime is the best time in Las Vegas, there are lights everywhere. It is so pretty. One of my favorite places to visit is the Bellagio Hotel. In front of this hotel, is a lake with a fountain. And at nighttime, every 15 minutes, they place a song and the water dances to the music. It is such a beautiful sight. I love it.
There are tons of hotels and casinos on the strip and each have different kinds of entertainment like shows, rides, exhibits, etc... I definitely recommned staying near or on the Strip if you go to Las Vegas. When most people talk about Vegas, the Strip is what they are talking about. The Strip is a great place cause you don't need to rent a car and can walk almost everywhere, they also have buses that run back and forth down the strip that you can hop on.
I went to the Mirage hotel and was able to visit the Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat. It was a $15.00 donation and you can go on a tour or just walk through it yourself. It features dolphins which you get very close to and pet them. You can also play with them by throwing their toys in the water. It also features Siegfried and Roy's Royal White Tigers, White lions, panthers, and leopards. It was really cool cause we got pretty close to the tigers, they would come up right to the fence. They were beautiful. The Mirage also has a small volcano that goes off every night ever 30 minutes. It is a cool thing to watch.
I visited most of the hotels & casinos and enjoyed their attractions and scenery. Alot of hotels do have free attractions which is nice. One hotel I enjoyed was the Stratosphere which had 3 rides on the very top of it. It was so cool. I love the rides, they are great for people who love to be daring. Las Vegas has tons of food places and restaraunts. There is somewhere to eat everywhere. There are also casinos everywhere in Vegas!! I wasn't much of a gambler but I won $250.00 off a nickel slot!! It was so awesome. That is all that I really gambled.
I went in April and the weather was not too bad. It wasn't that hot. It was just very humid. The worst was on one of the days, there was alot of wind and sand would blow in our eyes really badly. That was probably the worst part. I definitely recommend everyone visit Las Vegas at least once in their lifetime.