Las Vegas is no exception to the concept that walking is an excellent, perhaps the best, way to see and appreciate the ambience of a city. The Strip is populated by a mass of excited humanity, hustling to and fro, to shop gamble and see the great hotel facades and malls of the city. Photo ops beckon at every step - many of the hotel facades are spectacular. Some of the most famous hotels of the earlier era have been "imploded" to build new and more spectacular towers, yet a lot of the best known names from the past live on, a history lesson even in this most modern of cities.
Check out this awesome show! It features a number of different entertainers doing a variety of things (i guess thats why its called a variety show...). The show is a little over an hour long and stuffed with amazing talent. It features jugglers, acrobats, a magician, some percussionists, and some other random acts. Its a great choice because its family friendly and amusing for all. The seating is unassigned (unless you get VIP) so if you have a big group, you can all sit together and if you need to add more people it's not an issue. Make sure to get there early to get in line!
The infamous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign has been greeting visitors since the 1950's.
basicly this sign tells you that you will lose all your money, see smoking hot chicks that are stuck up, get stuck in traffic on the strip, see a waste of powe on flashing lights and ringing bells, you will get drunk and pass out, oh yea, and you will have TONS OF FUN.
there is a median in the road, and it's not uncommon to for people to pull their car on to is for a picture.
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"updated" Sign now has grass and parking area"
The main street is the notorious Strip, here you can see the city's most famous hotels, which are the most interesting sights of Las Vegas at the same time. All hotels have a unique style, there are special sights everywhere, and all of the hotels have an own casino of course.
Let's see some of the most interesting Strip hotels walking to the northern direction from south:
The first one is the Four Season's quoting a classicist style, next to it is Mandala Bay, a tropical paradise with palm trees and jungle feeling.
You find yourself on the next corner in Egypt already, at Luxor hotel's pyramid. In the neighbourhood Excalibur with its medieval mood waits for you already.
New York New York follows this, the skyscrapers and the small scale replica of the Liberty statue are excellent background for taking photos.
Its neighbour is one of largest hotels in America the MGM Grand. It faces the MGM studio's symbol, a 15 metres high lion sculpture.
Walking further you meet a mini Eiffel Tower, at the Paris Hotel. The most elegant and most expensive hotel of Las Vegas comes next, the Bellagio.
Ceasar's Palace, a hotel in ancient Roman style follows this, which is possibly one of the best-known in Las Vegas.
At the Italian mood Venetian Hotel on the artificial canals you may ride even in a gondola. Tresure Island Hotel forces you into the pirates' world; Circus Circus, Riviera, the Sahara lie on the northern part yet with the fifty storey Wynn Resort.
Visit Stratosphere Tower on the end of your walk: the 350 metres tall tower is the highest building of Las Vegas, from the roof restaurant a fascinating view overlooks the city.
Freaks is a new show at O'Shea's little show room that features modern side show acts. There is a guy that lays on a bed of nails, a woman that eats glass, a midget that escapes from a straight jacket and the guy that puts needles through himself and other amazing things. I absolutely loved it! It was a very intimate atmosphere where you are close to the action and get to really enjoy the show. If you love reality and people that do things you don't see every day, you will love this show. It may not be for everyone -- but it was definitely something I loved, economical, entertaining and fun. Just the thing you want in Vegas if you don't care to pay for Celine Dion.
You can get all kinds of maps at your hotel to see which hotels are where on the strip. Make sure you have very good, worked in walking shoes!
We walked south from TI to see the Mirage, Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, Monte Carlo, New York New York, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay. And then we crossed the street to see MGM Grand. We were too tired after that to see any more so we cabbed to Margaretaville for a drink before heading back to our hotel for some R & R.
We saw a gorgeous lion at MGM Grand, rode the roller coaster at New York New York and walked through the gardens at the Bellagio.
New York New York looks like the city from the outside and the inside they've built to simulate New York streets. Loads of character in this hotel and it's where I want to stay next time I come. They've got a huge arcade - good for families. But they've also got the Nine Fine Irishmen, a fantastic little bar. When we were there, a band from Dublin Ireland was playing.
We never made it to Caesar's Palace and that's an absolute must for next time. I also will see old Las Vegas next time (Freemont Experience) because they have a canopy over five blocks of the old Vegas hotels downtown. And every hour they show a light show with rock music on this canopy.
The hotels of Vegas are a sight to see.
On our first night in town we were walking back from the restaurant we had eaten at and took in one of the fountain shows at the Belaggio. From here we also got a good look at the Las Vegas version of Paris.
One of the interesting things about Las Vegas is when daytime turns into nighttime it almost becomes brighter with the millions of lights that go on at all the buildings, signs, etc around town.
In the summer time you look forward to nightime just so you can walk around without that 100 degree dry heat baking you to a crisp. In April, on our last trip, it got a little chilly walking around outside so make sure you have a light jacket or sweater with you as you take in the night sites.
The obvious thing to do when being in Las Vegas to take a stroll along the Strip (preferred in the eve) and enjoy all the entertainment the casino's have to offer...from Venetian gondola's to pirate bays, from medieval battles to a wild ride through Manhattan, everything is possible in Las Vegas.
Once we went to the Strip, my daughter Sierra, kept nagging me because she wanted to see the princess' castle. I wasn't sure what she was talking about. But, a day before, we passed by the Strip and she saw the Excalibur Hotel that looks like a palace.
She was so happy to see that were heading to Excalibur Hotel. She thinks that the hotel is a princess' castle because of it's shape and because it really does look like a castle!
Then on our way to the buffet restaurant, we accidentally bumped the Sponge Bob! There was a Sponge Bob at the main floor of the hotel!
This tip will focus on the Strip of Las Vegas which is the most popular and exciting street in the world.
The street of Las Vegas Strip is approximately 4 mile or 6.4 kilometers of the section of Las Vegas Boulevard South. You may start at the Welcome sign and continue down the entire lenght of the Strip which is priceless. If you have enough time to stay in Las Vegas, be sure to stop at some of the luxurious hotels including Bellagio, Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Venetian, Ceasar's Palace, Paris, and Mandalay Bay.
The view on this street is spectacular. The neon lights on the many of the largest hotel, casino and resort I mentioned above are located and can be seen on The Strip.
Buy an all day bus ticket and you can hop the bus anywhere on the strip. Visit the Mandalay Bay Hotel via tram and visit the aquarium. The children can touch the sting rays in the aquarium! Walk towards the Luxor Hotel and have your pictures taken on the pyramid. The Excalibur Hotel has free shows in the morning at the hotel lobby while Cesar's Palace has free shows every hour inside the dome. Belagio has the water show every hour also. At night, watch the free show of the Mirage Hotel- the volcanic eruption and the fight of the pirates. These are amazing free shows at night!
Make sure to have good walking shoes to hop around hotels. If you have children, bring a lot of water to drink!
I learned that most of the better clubs in Vegas can have extensive lines for admittance. Even more, there are entry fees $40 or more and you're sized up for the way you look and dress.
However, for a mere $137.50 I bought VIP passes to Blush, Coyote Ugly, Tao, Pure: a total 23 top Vegas clubs with no wait! I'll sample several stylish places and max out my evening vacation time. In one trip I'll know the Vegas club scene first-hand and have a blast doing it!
4 miles of pure entertainment. The strip became a tourist attraction when all the famous hotels were built in the same spot. It became the attraction itself. To be there is like you have already stayed in all the hotels because you are able to jump from one hotel to another. It became a somewhat "Theme Park". There are also attractions for everyone especially to those who are ready to spend and spend their money. Casinos for the older people and a bunch of rides for the young ones. There is no time to waste there especially at night. Lights, glamour, luxury is the term to use when in Las Vegas.
(MAN MADE BUT NOT ORIGINALLY MADE TO ATTRACT TOURISTS)
So, here are some photos I took walking up and down Las Vegas Blvd.
If you don't mind walking, wear some comfortable shoes and walk down the strip. You will have a wonderful time going in and out of the hotels. It's so convenient now that they have escalators, moving sidewalks and over pass walkways.
The link below will give you an idea of all the hotels/casinos are on the strip.
No visit in Las Vegas is complete without walking the strip from one end to another. This is not as easy as it sounds and it takes a lot of time and energy! Your feet will most likely hurt at the end of the day no matter how comfortable your shoes are. Do not even try attempting to cover the whole strip in one day unless you are willing to rush through it and not take your time to check out all the cool hotels and their attractions. It took me 3 full days to walk the Strip at the pace I felt comfortable with and I still had to compromise and decide where I wanted to stop and what I wanted to see. There is huge competition between all the hotels on the Strip and what they have to offer, so no matter which ones you pick and decide to explore, you just can not loose!