You might think you know a thing or two about glimmering Las Vegas, Nevada but let us tell you: for every thing you know about the city, there’s a lot more that you don’t.
If you’re plotting a visit to Vegas, and you want to wow your fellow travelers with your knowledge of the city, we’ve got you covered.
Without further ado, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about “Sin City.”
1. The Strip Isn’t Actually in Las Vegas
The Strip is arguably the most famous feature of Las Vegas, but it’s not actually in the city. Instead, this glimmering stretch of hotels and casinos is technically located outside the city limits, in Clark County. Now you know!
2. It’s Soaked in Neon
There are a lot of neon lights in Las Vegas. All told, there is actually over 15,000 miles of neon tubing in the city. That’s almost one sixteenth of the distance from earth to the moon.
3. It’s the Brightest Spot on Earth
Las Vegas isn’t just drenched in neon light, but light of all kinds—from streetlights to the lights that adorn the city’s many casinos and hotels. In fact, the city is full of so much light that it actually registers as the brightest spot on earth. It’s glow can easily be seen from space!
4. It’s a Hotel Hotspot
Everybody knows that Las Vegas is a hub for the hospitality industry. What you might not know, however, is just how many hotel and motel rooms can be found in the city. All told, Vegas is home to more than 150,000 rooms. It’s also the home of more than half of the largest hotels in the world.
5. People Eat a Lot of Shellfish
Las Vegas is known as a foodie’s paradise. One of the most popular food items in the city is shellfish—be it lobster, crab, oysters, clams, mussels and scallops. How popular? Before the pandemic, people in the city consumed north of 60,000 pounds of shellfish per day. That’s more than the rest of the United States combined.
6.. It Rarely Rains
The weather can fluctuate quite a bit in Las Vegas, depending on the time of your visit, but one thing you’re unlikely to encounter is rain. On average, the city gets just four inches of rainfall a year—a far cry from the national average of 38.1 inches.
7. Slot Machines Pay More Than Table Games
This might come as a surprise, but Las Vegas’ slot machines actually pay out far more winnings than table games like roulette, blackjack or poker. Whatever you’re playing, just remember to gamble responsibly, and to seek help.) if you feel things are getting out of hand.
8. You Can Get Married At Denny’s
A wedding is one of the most romantic experiences a person goes through in life—and really, what’s more romantic than Denny’s? In Las Vegas, you and your partner can tie the knot that popular diner chain. All it costs is $199, which gets you access to the restaurant’s chapel, a bouquet and boutonniere, a cake, some champagne, two t-shirts, and of course, a pair of original Grand Slam breakfasts.
9. It’s Known as Hawaii’s “Ninth Island’
Las Vegas is a long, long way from Hawaii, but it’s affectionately known as the state’s ninth island due the prevalence of Hawaiian people living in the city. All told, more than 50,000 Hawaiians live and work there.
10. FedEx Wouldn’t Exist Without Las Vegas
Your next FedEx shipment likely wouldn’t be possible without Las Vegas. Back in the day, FedEx founder and CEO Frederick W. Smith took his struggling company’s last $5000 to Sin City, and won $27,000 playing blackjack, which he used to help keep the company afloat.