It’s been called Sin City and America’s Playground: a place in the desert that’s simultaneously glittering lights and seedy shadows, shameless luxury and shameful secrets. Las Vegas is the cream cake you know is bad for you but which you have to eat anyway.As with a visit to any big city, it pays to have a strategy. A discount card will save you money on transport and entrance fees to countless attractions. With a tour guide, you can make sure you catch all the most famous sites, such as the Bellagio Fountain by night, Freemont Street, the wonders of the Strip and the most iconic casinos. The shows change regularly, but you’re guaranteed to see at least one major star among the many performances on offer.When you just can’t take any more neon and roulette, remember that you’re in the middle of a spectacular desert landscape. The Grand Canyon and spectacular Hoover Dam are just short trips away. You can see the nearby mountains in 4x4s or by hot-air balloon. On the outskirts of Las Vegas, you’ll discover the amazing scenery of Red Rock Canyon, where you can camp under the stars and simply enjoy the silence.