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Night time light trails in Las Vegas Strip Nevada

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There’s a reason Las Vegas gets 42 million visitors a year — a third of them over 50.  It’s a city built for escape, whether a girlfriend getaway (high- and low-end shopping), a late-in-life honeymoon (luxury suites abound) or a fun family-celebration vacation (milestone birthdays are big). Vegas also welcomes disabled visitors, offering what the tourist board says is the highest number of accessible hotel rooms of any U.S. city.

With world-class shows and a celebrity-chef restaurant boom, Vegas is less about gambling these days. Still, gamers can play 24/7 at more than two dozen casino resorts on the Las Vegas Boulevard, aka the Strip, and a dozen downtown. Nowhere but the Strip can you find replicas of the Eiffel Tower, an Egyptian pyramid, Venice’s Grand Canal, an erupting volcano and a fully rigged pirate ship — all within walking distance of one another. Vegas visitors also can see big-name entertainers, feast on all-you-can-eat buffets or gourmet cuisine, and carry yard-tall cocktails into the street. Yes, that’s legal.

Though the days of the $1.99 buffet and free parking at every casino are over, this iconic desert oasis still offers coupon clippers as well as luxury lovers a grownup, what-happens-here-stays-here good time. So ante up: Here’s how to do Vegas like a vet.

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