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This Iconic City Was Just Named The Most Popular U.S. Destination Of The Year

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With domestic travel finally finding its footing again, Americans seem to be rediscovering the abundant wonders this stunning, geographically diverse country has to offer.

While there’s no shortage of iconic U.S. cities that have attracted both local and international travelers in flocks of millions this past year, there’s one particularly fun destination that seems to have exceeded all expectations.

LAS VEGAS, USA - Gondola with tourists at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino. The resort opened on May, 1999 with flutter of white doves, sounding trumpets and actress Sophia Loren

Skyscanner recently released its annual “Year in Travel” report, looking back at 2023’s most popular and influential hotspots, of which Las Vegas was crowned the undisputed winner.

With its dazzling lights, star-studded shows, and reputation for indulgence that’s hard to compete with, Sin City continues to captivate modern-day travelers despite having been one of North America’s top getaway destinations for decades now.

aerial view of Las Vegas

So, how is Las Vegas managing to not only stay relevant but also outperform newer, trendier hotspots?

The Entertainment Capital Of The World

You’ll often find people referring to Vegas as “the entertainment capital of the world,” and for good reason.

The main attraction in the city for fun-loving visitors is, of course, the Strip, a 4.2-mile (6.76-kilometer) stretch of sparkling lights, iconic landmarks, and world-class resorts – in short, a microcosm of opulence and excitement.

part of the strip, las vegas

From the dancing fountains at the Bellagio to the erupting volcano at The Mirage, every corner of the Strip is designed to dazzle and amaze, and, truth be told, despite some travel snobs looking down at the overcrowded attraction of Vegas, it all works!

What’s more, the city has recently turned into one of the most impressive culinary hubs in all of the U.S., with local eateries that range from upscale restaurants and celebrity chef establishments to street carts catering to virtually any palate.

restaurant interior, las vegas

Taking all that into consideration, it should come as no surprise that yet another independent study ranked Las Vegas as the no. 1 most fun city to visit in America, so those seeking a sense of thrill and excitement this winter don’t need to look any further for their destination of choice.

Exciting Shows And Events

While there’s no arguing the allure of the breathtaking sights and world-class cuisine, one of the key factors that set Vegas apart is its unrivaled event calendar, filled with A-listers you’d never be able to see live otherwise.

Las Vegas at Night

This year’s performers’ Rolodex has included the likes of Adele, U2, and Garth Brooks, while Shania Twain announced a long-awaited comeback to Planet Hollywood next year.

That’s one major reason why Sin City manages to constantly pass the test of time as a major travel destination – it always brings a plethora of beloved faces to the wide public, and the names are ever-changing.

The resorts that dot the Strip are just as varied and adaptable, always competing with one another in hopes of providing the best customer experience, and as Vegas continues to grow in popularity, the competition is set to become even stiffer.

View Of The Las Vegas Hotel Strip, Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

A Thrilling Hub For Every Type Of Traveler

Though Vegas has a bit of a reputation as a party hub – and its nightlife is indeed epic – in reality, the city welcomes travelers of all ages and backgrounds with open arms.

Thrill seekers will thrive in the city’s energetic atmosphere, luxury travelers can feel pampered in the indulgent high-end resorts, while families can attend a plethora of interactive exhibits, themed attractions, kid-friendly shows, and adventure parks, all while getting to explore the city’s thriving restaurant scene once the little ones go to bed.

Tourists in Las Vegas

Exploring Las Vegas Beyond Its Iconic Strip

Though it’s hard to compete with the glitz and glamour of the Strip, more travelers should know that there’s more to Vegas than just its famous road.

The Arts District, for example, a burgeoning neighborhood just minutes away from the Strip, showcases the city's creative side – all the galleries, studios, and vibrant street art provide a stark, but much-needed contrast to the neon lights of the Strip. 

For those seeking a break from the excitement of the city altogether, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area makes for the perfect natural retreat. 

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Located just a 20-minute-long drive away from Las Vegas, this desert oasis boasts towering red rock formations, scenic hiking trails, and breathtaking vistas that are well worth the time and effort. 

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