Las Vegas, Spanish for "the meadows," was founded by Mormon missionaries. These early settlers were followed by westward-traveling pioneers and, later, by the men who built Hoover Dam.
Entertainment, along with gambling, built the reputation of Las Vegas as a playland getaway of the world.
Away from the man-made excitement is a world of natural beauty unlike any other place on earth. Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston, Lake Mead, The Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire, and Death Valley are all short hops from the Strip.