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At the heart of the Las Vegas is the four-mile (six-kilometer) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard affectionately dubbed "The Strip" Hotels and casinos began cropping up here in the mid-1940s. The Flamingo was among the first, opened by mobster Bugsy Siegel in 1946 and named for his leggy girlfriend, whose nickname was Flamingo. The Strip was made popular as a location in countless Hollywood films, and is known today for its five-star casino resorts, decedent day-spas and pools, and glamorous nightlife.
As well as the much-photographed “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada” sign, erected in 1959 and now listed on the National Register of Historical Places, The Strip is home to landmark hotels and casinos. There’s the pyramid-shaped Luxor, the elaborately themed Treasure Island (or “the TI”) with artificial cove, the old-world MGM Grand, glamorous Caesars Palace, Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay, and Bellagio, where the illuminated fountain show attracts throngs of tourists every evening.
Stroll the sidewalk at night to witness the lights of Las Vegas at their outlandish best. Ride to the top of an Eiffel Tower replica at the Paris hotel, and tour miniature Manhattan at the New York-New York Casino. The Venetian offers, gondola rides along its canals, and there’s a lava-spewing volcano at the Mirage. Be sure to wander through the hotel lobbies, often a show in themselves, and try your luck on the gaming floors—zinging slot machines, cards and chips slapping on tables, and both cheers and groans from the players — for the true Vegas experience.
The Strip isn’t as lively by day, but it’s more family-friendly. Tourists of all ages hit the many shops in the casino galleries and sample the cuisine from top-notch restaurants and quick snack bars. You can get anything from sushi, to a five-course Italian meal, to a sumptuous burger and shake. You’ll find it all!
Once the sun begins to sink, get ready to do it all again.The Las Vegas Strip is a wild party every night of the year.
The Last Vegas Strip is not actually in the city, but located just outside the city limits, just a ten-minute cab ride from downtown. Traffic is slow and parking expensive along this prime real estate. The best way to get around is by private limo, taxi, minibus or monorail.
For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Las Vegas page.
With 2 22-story towers and an eye-catching 30-story pyramid topped by a powerful light beam, this resort is 2 miles from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
Located at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip and close to McCarran Airport, this castle-shaped hotel features royal accommodations and a traditional action-packed medieval dinner show.
Treasure Island - TI Hotel & Casino is connected to the Fashion Show shopping mall by bridge as well as The Mirage by tram, and within easy walking distance of Wynn/Encore, the Sands Expo, and Venetian/Palazzo.
The Stratosphere Tower observation deck features 360-degree views of Las Vegas to the Strip. The gateway between vintage Vegas and Strip glitz, the hotel is close to shopping, the monorail and the Convention Center.
Located on the southern end of the famous Las Vegas Strip, this hotel is close to McCarran International Airport, T-Mobile Arena, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
This all-suite resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip is a short drive from Fashion Show Mall, the convention center, Downtown, and McCarran Airport.
The first casino hotel in Las Vegas, the Flamingo Las Vegas - Hotel & Casino anchors the famous four corners of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road and welcomes families as well as high-rolling all-night partiers.