The Life and Times of Curtis Edmark


Delight In Sights And Sounds Of Las Vegas With Travel Tips For Tourists Of All Ages



Glitz, glamour and, quite frankly at time, gaudy are all apt terms to describe the tourism mecca that is Las Vegas, Nevada. This 24-hour city that shines like a landing beacon in the vast and barren Mojave Desert is home to approximately 600,000 residents, but attracted more than 42 million visitors in 2016. That latter figure is directly attributable to the sheer range of entertainment options along The Strip and Fremont Street as well as education opportunities such as the Hoover Dam and The Mob Museum. According to Curtis Edmark -- a financial services industry expert who knows how to balance that sector with a vacation every now and again -- a trip to “Sin City” can be about much more than trying to strike it rich in a casino.


While we’re not going to pretend that the Las Vegas versions of France’s capital city, the Big Apple, an Egyptian pyramind and Italy are even remotely close to visiting the real thing, what’s wrong with a little suspension of disbelief? If you’re looking for an immersive taste of the Old Country, a lazy gondolaride through The Venetian casino’s indoor canal that’s supposed to imitate Venice, Italy is a pretty good way to go. If you want to see the “City of Lights” during your stay in “Sin City,” then the Paris, Las Vegas casino could fit the bill. Featuring a half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower that also allows for scenic views from the top, use the opportunity to scout out New York City’s replicated skyline that’s just down the street – complete with the Statue of Liberty.


Whether it likes to admit it or not, Las Vegas owes a little bit to La Cosa Nostra. The mob and all of its dirty deeds across the country are on display at The Mob Museum, whichallows visitors to chronologically track the organized crime syndicate from its earliest days in evolving cities to more recent years as law enforcement systemically dismantled the operation and members of it. By taking a roughly one-hour drive out of Las Vegas proper, Curtis Edmark suggests that visitors head deeper into the desert and peer over the edge of the Hoover Dam. Offering tours far below ground and showing off the payoff of American ingenuity, more than 1 million people are estimated to visit the site between Nevada and Arizona annually.