Mick, that is an excellent summary for a visitor.
Iamallcool, if you have the chance, then go visit. Excellent advice about staying away from gambling and Mick has mentioned stuff that even I would enjoy seeing.
I could never live in the desert because of the heat and because I love the greenery on the east coast, but that's a personal preference.
BTW, the House always has the advantage. Keep that in mind if you decide to gamble. Set yourself a gambling money allotment and don't spend a penny more. Keep in mind that it is not an investment and will likely be all gone just like your food money or gas money. It's just paying for the fun of gambling for an hour or so.
I have an old slot machine that uses tokens. On the easy setting it takes an hour of steady feeding it your money before it hits the jackpot. On the medium setting it takes about 2 hours, and on the hard setting it takes about 3 hours. It's not random at all. The worst thing you can do is jump on a "hot" machine just after someone wins a jackpot.
But, yeah, go visit, have fun and find out if you like it!