Glittering lights, spectacular shows, world-class dining and the thrill of casinos. Whether you're planning a vacation or looking for an exciting place to retire, a trip to The Entertainment Capital of the World has something for everyone. Nevada's retirement-friendly tax laws also add to Las Vegas' retirement appeal.
As one of the most well-known destinations in the United States, Las Vegas has earned its place as a top tourist attraction. The city is best known for the Las Vegas Strip, a 4.2 mile stretch of hotels and casinos which is actually located just outside of the city limits. The Strip includes 15 of the world's 25 largest hotels, world-famous casinos like the Bellagio and Caesars Palace, shopping centers and fabulous restaurants like Andre's at the Monte Carlo and Sushi Roku. Retail centers throughout Las Vegas, like Meadows Mall and Tivoli Village, offer an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants.
Entertainment options at the Strip offer something for every interest as well. There are concerts, magic shows, burlesques, musicals and comedy shows. Just a few of Las Vegas' popular performances feature Cirque du Soleil, the Blue Man Group, Penn and Teller, Donnie and Marie, and Celine Dion.
But there's a lot more to Las Vegas than the Strip. The city itself offers its own downtown casinos, like Binion's Gambling Hall and Casino, Fremont Hotel and Casino, and the Golden Nugget. Golfing is a popular pastime as well. The city operates four public courses and many golf communities offer their own championship courses.
While active adults who prefer outdoor recreations can enjoy pastimes like hiking, horseback riding, picnicking at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area or at the Tioyabe National Forest.
While Las Vegas is primarily known as a top tourist destination, it's also a great place for retirement. There are no state taxes on salaries, Social Security benefits or retirement income. The state sales tax is on the high side at 6.5 percent, but food and prescription drugs are exempt. There are also no estate or inheritance taxes. Active adults who choose to settle in Las Vegas have their pick of many impressive age-restricted communities.
The city features sprawling resorts like Sun City Summerlin, mid-sized communities like Siena and smaller neighborhoods like Solera at Stallion Mountain. Retirees also love the resort-style amenities in nearby Henderson communities, like Sun City Anthem, Sun City MacDonald Ranch, and The Club at Madeira Canyon (pictured at top).
With its exciting attractions, fabulous communities and budget-friendly tax laws, Las Vegas is a great destination for both visiting active adults and relocating retirees.