What happens in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas. Once Sin City, Vegas has spent more than a decade tidying up its image to better reflect the reality of a stay on the strip.
I visited Vegas for the first time during a business trip in January of 2015. It wasn't too hot, it wasn't too busy, and it wasn't at all the image we might see in films or other media.
A cool drink on a hot day at the Stratosphere rooftop pool bar!
The mega sports teams (and their successes) hadn't yet been brought into the city, but it was palpable that they were coming.
An amazing variety of dining and entertainment options, all accessible from your base at whichever gigantic casino resort you decided to stay at - my first stay was at the Wynn Encore.
In many ways a stroll along the bright lights felt like all the best parts of Key West, I could enjoy a drink outdoors if that's what I wanted, and there was an unbelievable amount of entertainment at my fingertips.
I'm still blown away by the detail in duplicating an outdoor scene of Europe indoors in a Vegas casino!
During this visit I saw Penn & Teller perform a great magic show and took in a few of the classic sights. It was indeed easy to get lost in The Venetian or Caesar's Palace!
I've since been back to Vegas a couple of times, typically for business such as an event or conference. It would be a pity not to escape for at least a few hours and take it all in.