City of a million lights – they say - and a broken heart for each one. The Strip, Main Street, Caesar’s Palace; they’re unmissable. But away from the bright lights of Vegas lies the Nevada Desert, the Grand Canyon and Boulder City.

If you want a real insight into the magnitude of Las Vegas as a money-making machine, stand in the middle of the Strip and close your eyes. That background crashing noise – like a giant metal cataract – is money pouring through slot machines. And it is ceaseless, because Las Vegas is a timeless tourist destination. Quite literally; there are no clocks in the casinos. In many downtown restaurants you can order breakfast, or dinner, at any time of the day or night and your waitress will be wearing a cocktail dress, or roller skates, depending on your choice of menu.

It is an astonishing place. So when you’ve had a flutter, you should take a flight. A helicopter ride over Las Vegas, at night, has to be one of the photographic high points of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to the USA. The five block walkway between the Strip and Main Street is pretty amazing too. And beyond the bright lights of Circus Circus, MGM Grand and Luxor Hotel lies another Nevada. The tranquil world of Azure in the Aquarium in the Silverton Hotel. Boulder City with nearby Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the astounding Grand Canyon. All within easy reach.