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What happens in Vegas -- is just about everything

Caesars Palace, on the Las Vegas Strip.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 5, 2015

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Where else but Las Vegas could you find Donny and Marie Osmond performing under the same roof that shelters burlesque shows, thousands of slot machines, clouds of cigarette smoke and the legacy of notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel?

Nothing seems to be too extravagant on the Las Vegas strip. The Eiffel Tower is there, as are the Empire State Building and the Sphinx. This Caesars Palace would impress the Roman emperor. Julius' palace may have housed Cleopatra, but this one has Celine Dion — and is said to be paying her $476,000 per show.

Bigger is always better in Vegas. Don't believe it? Check out the videos of hotel demolitions on YouTube. The Desert Inn, The Dunes, The Sands, Bugsy's original Flamingo and many other 1950s playgrounds of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack have given way to the mega-facilities of the 21st century.

Here's a look at the Vegas Strip, and the city's slightly quieter downtown area.

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One of the many Elvis impersonators in Las Vegas lurks near the famous "welcome" sign at the edge of the Vegas Strip.
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