Sin City vs. The Big Apple

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Sin City vs. The Big Apple


The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast the two cities of Las Vegas, Nevada and New York, New York. Both cities offer a vast array of entertainment, luxurious accommodations, and world-class dining. There are many things that are close to being the same in both cities, a visitor is able to gamble in either place, a visitor is able to see a beautiful skyline, and take in the sights of a world famous city. There are marked differences in the weather of the two cities, and each city offers its own unique styling. This paper should help to decide which place you would rather visit on your next trip to a big city.

When people are planning a vacation, three cardinal things to consider are weather, entertainment, and lodging. Without careful consideration of any of these three areas, the trip could be surprising. Las Vegas, Nevada and New York, New York both have many things to offer the visitor, a large selection of really neat places to stay, and a ton of activities to keep you entertained for days and days. The two cities both have their own unique offerings of style, luxury, and excitement. Take a look into the two cities contained in the same country, yet a world apart.

Las Vegas weather can be surprising to many people. The area often has temperatures well over one hundred degrees and rarely dip below freezing. The climate can be thought of as a subtropical desert climate, with little precipitation. There are approximately 300 sunny days a year in Las Vegas, equating to an average of 3800 hours of sunshine (Vegas, 2013). During the summer months (June-August) the average high temperatures are ninety-four to one hundred four degrees (Vegas, 2013). The nighttime lows for the same period of the year range from sixty-nine degrees to seventy-eight degrees (Vegas, 2013). The winter is usually short, mild, and usually doesn’t even reach the freezing mark. The average high temperature in the winter is around sixty degrees, with the nighttime lows around forty degrees (Vegas, 2013). The valley in which the city resides rarely sees snow in the winter, but snow can be seen on the tops of the surrounding mountains. Las Vegas receives about four and a half inches of precipitation per year, with most of it falling in the winter (Vegas, 2013).

New York City weather is varied greatly through the seasons, with cold, snowy winters, and hot, humid summers. The city has about 234 days per year that the sun at least peeks out of the clouds a little (New York City, 2013). In the summer months, June through August, the average high temperature is around seventy-six to seventy-seven degrees (New York City, 2013). The nighttime lows for the same time frame are around sixty-six degrees (New York City, 2013). Spring and autumn temperatures have great fluctuation, and are sometimes chilly and sometimes very warm. In the winter months, the high temperature averages around thirty-two degrees, with a low average temperature of twenty-nine and a quarter degrees (New York City, 2013). New York City receives around fifty inches of precipitation per year, with it being almost evenly spread across the twelve months of the year (New York City, 2013).

Las Vegas has long been known by many as a hot spot for gambling, but there is much more that goes into entertaining a Vegas visitor. With a nickname like Sin City, one might wonder what kind of trouble is begging to be caused in a city so “hot”. Every year, Las Vegas amps up its entertainment game with new and better attractions, focusing more and more on the young. Young people are becoming better stewards of their money, and often save thousands of dollars for a trip to Sin City, and they have no reservations about spending it all. It is topping the lists of young, fashionable co-eds across the country as a must-go vacation destination. Whether the idea of the trip is to drink and relax poolside in the warm desert...
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