Perhaps one of the most unique and interesting places to spend your residency training years is in fabulous Las Vegas, billed “The Entertainment Capital of the World”. Beyond “The Strip” with its majestic casinos and world-famous nightclubs, Las Vegas boasts of world-class cuisine, first-rate entertainment options, and a wide range of outdoor activities.
Las Vegas is still one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, drawn by the allure of neon lights, great food, world-class shopping, and a low cost of living. Housing options abound, ranging from the on-Strip, high-end suite for the single, eligible physician-in-training to more family-friendly suburban residential communities, away from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas Blvd. And, as a city on the upswing from the recession, there is no better time to relocate than now.
Top-rank, high-profile boxing and mixed martial arts events are probably the biggest sporting events that frequently happen in Las Vegas. Las Vegas does not have any major league sports team as such, but we do have the Las Vegas 51s baseball and Las Vegas Wranglers hockey minor league teams. There are also various college basketball and football games by way of the UNLV Rebels. Golfers will appreciate the nearby PGA Tour venue Tournament Players’ Club, as well as other tournament golf courses in town. Car aficionados who enjoy the NASCAR Sprint Cup series racing (that comes to town annually at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway) will enjoy speeding through the two high speed go-kart tracks in town. Both indoor and outdoor skydiving sites are also available in Vegas for the adventurous.
In addition to the on-Strip concert and play venues, In 2012 the Smith Center for Performing Arts is set to open. The Smith Center is envisioned as a world-class performing arts center that would develop and present the best and brightest in a broad range of first-rate programming. The inaugural Broadway Las Vegas series will feature the best and brightest of Broadway, bringing full-length versions of THE COLOR PURPLE, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and MEMPHIS to the stage in Las Vegas. Other events include the best in music, dance and theater from around the world, including celebrated musicians the The Cleveland Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma, dance masters the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and much more.
For outdoor-enthusiasts, many state and national parks within easy reach from Las Vegas. The more famous parks include the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Hiking opportunities include Red Rock Canyon, a mere 30 minutes from The Strip, Valley of Fire State Park, and Mt. Charleston wilderness which is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which offers skiing and snow boarding during the winter months. Lake Mead National Recreation Area and nearby Laughlin, NV offer an opportunity to get your jet skis and speedboats wet as well. Hoover Dam is also located approximately 35 miles Southeast of Las Vegas at the Nevada-Arizona border. And, for enthusiasts, Area 51 is located 2.5 hours away.
The weekend drive to sunny California isn’t bad as well, as So Cal is a mere 4-5 hours from Las Vegas.
Other coming events to look forward to in Las Vegas include the Consumer Electronics Show, the Las Vegas Gun Show, and the SEMA Show and Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (the last two, unfortunately, not open to the public).
Weather in Las Vegas
Contrary to popular belief, Las Vegas enjoys mild to moderate climates for three-quarters of the year, culminating in winter months that are warmer than in most states. It will, needless to say, get hot in Las Vegas during the summer. Humidity is at a minimum however, allowing for dry heat you will easily acclimatize to. Rest assured that all the training locations and facilities are adequately climate controlled at all times. Rainfall is uncommon as well, with approximately only four to five inches annually as the norm.
Las Vegas Links
Vegas.com - good source for hotel bookings and general tourist info
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerace - good overall history and general guide to Las Vegas
Las Vegas Weekly - weekly update of entertainment and nightlife around the city
Las Vegas Citylife - another entertainment and nightlife website
Las Vegas Review Journal - the local newspaper online edition
SunsetCities.com - apartment listings site but good overall LV info as well
homestore.com - finding an apartment in town