Things to do in Vegas during SAS Global Forum


While you're at SAS Global Forum (or any conference) in Las Vegas, you might have a bit of spare time to do some sightseeing. Therefore I've put together a list & map of interesting things you might want to experience!

Below is a snapshot of my map - click it to see the full size interactive map, with hover-text and drill-downs for each attraction. Notice that the marker for the main conference hotel is yellow/red, and the other attractions are cyan/blue. You can click the markers to launch a Google search for that attraction, and the hover-text for each marker shows the distance from the conference hotel (I tried to pick interesting attractions within a reasonably short distance). The interactive map is followed by a tabular list of the attractions, if you're more of a text-based person.  Interactive map of Vegas attractions to see during SAS Global Forum #SASGF Click To Tweet


Technical Details:

  • This map is created from 12 OpenStreetMap map tiles, annotated within Proc Gplot axes.
  • The tickmarks and x/y values along the axes are suppressed using the axis statement.
  • The distance between each attraction and the conference hotel is calculated using the geodist() function.
  • The map markers are created using the annotate pie function, with an empty/outline pie overlaid on top of a solid colored pie.
  • The OpenStreetMap copyright link at the bottom/right of the map is created using a note statement, and the link=, underlin=, and color= options.
  • The "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign was created from scratch, using annotated polygons & text.
  • And the table of links below the map was created with Proc Print, and embedding html href= tags in the text values that are being printed

Are there any special Vegas locations you'd like to add to the map? (feel free to mention them in a comment!) And here's a link to the sas code if you'd like to download it, and create your own custom version of the map!


About Author

Robert Allison

The Graph Guy!

Robert has worked at SAS for over a quarter century, and his specialty is customizing graphs and maps - adding those little extra touches that help them answer your questions at a glance. His educational background is in Computer Science, and he holds a BS, MS, and PhD from NC State University.

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  2. One on my list was the Pinball Hall of Fame. Glad to see it made a dot!

    Having dabbled in SAS/Graph annotate in the past, I'm always in awe of your annotation skills. Welcome to Las Vegas using annotate - WOW! Impressive code and anno_stuff table. Thanks!

  3. Samantha Biswas on

    The Hard Rock which is a good 15 minute walk from Planet Hollywood is a good place to go and eat. Planet Hollywood is also great - it's right across from Paris & Bellagio. They usually have good shows. I believe Britney Spears is still performing there.

  4. Andrew T. Kuligowski on

    Wow - I have a blog post coming out about "stuff to do", but your map is incredible, and includes stuff I had to cut out due to space limitations AND stuff I didn't even know about even after researching!!

    • Robert Allison
      Robert Allison on

      Thanks Andrew! - I did quite a bit of Google-research to try to come up with a good/interesting list ... and then my friend Courtenay (her dad lives in Vegas) provided me with a few 'extras'! :)

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