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Las Vegas and Living Like the Locals
Las Vegas, aka Sin City, is best known for its high-rolling lifestyle amidst casinos, bars, and hotels. But there's far more to Las Vegas than the life on the Strip where the tourists hang out. Whether you're here for business or pleasure, there's much to see and do here.

Get yourself a vacation home or a temporary residence through a home exchange program in a nice family-friendly area like Henderson or Paradise for a chance to live among the locals. Your best source for hot spots and entertainment will likely be your neighbours.

The locals tend to shy away from the hectic activity of the Strip for the most part, preferring instead to hang out at casual bars and restaurants or the local parks, some of which include tennis and basketball courts and skateboarding ramps. No doubt, the Strip provides for hours of entertainment, but it's usually only visited once in a while by the locals. If you do hit the Strip, be sure to check out the numerous shows and concerts being held at every hotel. Although most of the shows are not suitable for kids, a number of special ones have been set up to cater to families of tourists. The Blue Man Group show tends to have the entire audience in stitches, while David Copperfield, the master illusionist, hosts a magic show that is not to be missed.

Ironically, Vegas is a great place to save money if you stay away from the gambling. Numerous restaurants offer family buffets to suit all tastes and preferences for very low prices. Additionally, residents often find their homes the target of many discount coupons that arrive in the mail during the off season. If you need a temporary job to support your expenses while in Vegas, you'll find the job market is booming for part timers at the local casinos.

The residential and commercial areas are well planned to include parks and schools at regular intervals. Free parking is easy to find in the city, which is constantly chianging. New buildings come up and old ones are demolished regularly, making you appreciate everything you see in case you don't see it again.

Vegas has a number of wedding chapels offering services every day to couples who want to tie the knot in the city. Unlike many other cities in the United States, Vegas makes a practice of cutting down on red tape, making it simple to both marry and divorce. This extends to setting up a business in the city. Nevada is known for having the lowest taxes in the United States, which is a huge boon for entrepreneurs setting up their first business.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing La Vegas holiday apartments and quality vacation rentals.
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