Overview: Las Vegas is an overwhelming place, but it is surprisingly easy to understand and is fairly manageable as a travel destination because so many of the attractions, hotels and casinos are located along a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard about two and a half miles in length called "The Las Vegas Strip" or "The Strip". This area is lined on both sides with dozens of huge resort hotels - many among the largest on earth.
It's important to note that the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Las Vegas Hilton are not along the strip, rather about a mile away but easily accessible by the fantastic monorail system that runs from the Sahara hotel on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip to the MGM Grand near the South end of the Las Vegas Strip.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.