Globe Trekker "Las Vegas City Guide" on WXXI-TV

Globe Trekker "Las Vegas City Guide" on WXXI-TV

Mon, 04/26/2010 - 12:00am - 1:00am

Pictured: Ian and the Flying Elvi

Credit: Globe Trekker

A journey through the city of excess complete with Bengal tigers, casinos and Elvis.

Globe Trekker "Las Vegas City Guide" airs Monday, April 26 at 12 a.m. (Midnight on Sunday, April 25) on WXXI – TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Situated in the middle of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas was founded just over 100 years ago in 1905. From its humble beginnings as a small desert outpost, the city has grown to become the self-styled entertainment capital of the world, attracting over 20 million visitors a year from all over the world.

Globe Trekker Ian Wright spends a week in this non-stop, party city, exploring the fantastical hotels and neon casinos of "The Strip". He gains a bird’s eye view of the city from atop The Stratosphere twer and takes his chances on the world’s highest thrill ride, before undertaking some alternative sightseeing at Vegas' famously kitsch wedding chapels.

Having over-indulged on one of Las Vegas' famous "all-you-can eat" breakfast buffets – Ian gets a lesson in gambling at the local Hilton. Tuxedo-clad he hits the casino and trys his hand at craps roulette, and blackjack, picking up some top-tips from the experts along the way.

Next, Ian attends the Ms. Senior USA Pageant which was founded in 1972 and requires all entrants to be aged 60 years young and above. The event was created in response to the growing lack of respect for the elderly in the U.S. - little did they imagine it would become quite so popular with scores of wannabe beauty queens pouring in from all over the States.

Then, Ian gets up close and personal with a performing Bengal tiger, enjoys the sparkling sequined showmanship of Liberace – "my clothes may look funny, but they make me the money" - and even gets a lesson in the fine art of pole dancing.

Deciding to take a break from the whirlwind excesses of the city he travels to the Nevada Test Site where the atomic bomb was detonated.

His journey ends with an epic hike into the Grand Canyon for stunning views of this incredible natural wonder. Then for a final adrenalin boost, he can't resist taking to the skies with the amazing Flying Elvi.