[Article originally published on: June 11th, 2018].
Like most folks planning a trip to Sin City, you wanna know the answer to that all-important question: “What the heck is the Las Vegas strip?”, right?
Well, you’re definitely at the right place!
So stick around because I’m about to explain and show you exactly what the strip is and what goes down on it day and night.
Sound good, my Vegas-lovin’, buddy?
What is The Las Vegas Strip, You Ask?
Put simply, the strip (Las Vegas Blvd) is 4 long miles of pure fun-filled excitement stretching from South to North of the city.
Well, 4.2 miles to be exact.
But hey, who’s counting the extra distance?
The strip consists of most of the iconic hotels as well as major tourist attractions that you’ve most probably read and heard about on the grapevine, and possibly seen on TV too.
So if you plan on hitting the strip on foot to experience the thrills and spills of Sin City, then don’t forget the appropriate footwear because it’s gonna be a long trek if you do the whole thing.
Trust me, blisters are painful. OUCH!
Not to mention sweaty feet. YUCK!
Sorry to be such a drag like your Gran lol.
But I’m only looking after your best interests because you’re there to have your mind-blown, right?
Good AWESOME times are ahead, baby!
The 4-Mile Strip in The Making…
Don’t worry, I’m not here to give you a whole history lesson on Vegas! 😛
But sometimes it’s interesting to know how certain parts of Vegas came about, right?
To cut a VERY long story short – according to my Timeline of Las Vegas source:
On April 3rd, 1941 – ‘El Rancho Vegas’ was the first hotel resort and Casino built on the southwest corner of LV Boulevard which stood for nearly 20 years before a fire destroyed it.
1942 – ‘Hotel Last Frontier’ was a second hotel built on what was the beginnings of the strip.
1946 – The ‘Flamingo’ was built by one of the most-feared mobster bosses named Bugsy Siegel.
1950 – Along came the ‘Desert Inn’.
And of course, who could ever forget the iconic “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” sign erected at the very start of the strip in 1959!
1966 – ‘Caesars Palace’ opened its doors. And it’s now one of the oldest hotels on the strip.
Although, from its appearance, it’s as if it was built yesterday lol.
1969 – The ‘International Hotel’ started off the “mega-resort” era.
1973 – The ‘MGM Grand Hotel and Casino’ popped up.
1985 – The ‘Wet n’ Wild water park’ (on the south side of the Sahara hotel) was built.
1989 – ‘The Mirage’ showed up.
1990 – Saw the birth of The ‘Rio’ and ‘Excalibur’.
1993 – The current ‘MGM’ Grand’, ‘Treasure Island’, and ‘Luxor’ hotels and casinos opened up.
1996 – Saw the birth of the ‘Neon Museum’ .
Followed by the opening of the ‘Stratosphere’ and ‘Monte Carlo’ (now ‘Park MGM’) resorts.
Also, during the mid-nineties, along came some cool attractions like M&M World and the Adventuredome at Circus Circus, to name a couple.
1997 – The ‘New York-New York’ hotel and casino popped up.
1998 – Along came the ‘Bellagio’ hotel and casino.
1999 – This was the year when the ‘Mandalay Bay’, ‘Venetian’, and ‘Paris’ hotels/casinos came along.
2005 – The ‘Wynn Las Vegas’ resort/casino was born.
2007 – The ‘Palazzo’ opened up for business.
2008 – Saw the opening of ‘Encore’.
2009 – Then it was the ‘CityCenter’s’ turn to set up shop – opening up ‘Aria’, ‘Vdara’, ‘Mandarin Oriental’ (now called ‘Waldorf Astoria’), and the ‘Crystals’ luxury mall.
As I said, I’m not gonna dive into the intricate details because it’s beyond the scope of this article.
But check out my post on the history of Las Vegas if you wanna know what went down in the City of Sin from 1900 to 2018.
Obviously, the world-famous strip has undergone a lot of changes since 1941, especially when it comes to hotels and attractions.
So it will be interesting to see what’s coming up in 2019 and beyond, wouldn’t you agree?
“What Can I Do During The Day?”…
There’s literally a ton of stuff you can do on the strip when the sun comes up.
In fact, it would probably take me forever and a day to list each and every awesome activity lol.
So I’m gonna give you some ideas that will certainly keep you busy throughout most of the day.
If you have a sweet tooth and also want to pick up a few delicious treats for folks back home…
Then why not visit M&M World, Hexx Chocolate & Confexxions, Hershey’s Chocolate World, and the Coca-Cola Store, to name a few?
If you’re a bit of a history buff or just love museums, in general – there’s a stack to choose from.
There’s the Titanic – The Artifact Exhibition, BODIES… The Exhibition, Madame Tussauds, and my personal favourite: Marvel Avengers Station. 😉
How about some nice feet-up and chill-out time?
For a little relaxation and sightseeing at the same time, you’ve got the Hop-On-Hop-Off Big Bus Tour.
But if you really want to take things up to a much higher level (and providing your stomach can hack it), there’s the Stratosphere observation deck and the High Roller Ferris wheel.
Or how about a nice lunchtime cocktail (or several), huh?
In fact, there’s a great outside bar right next to Caesars Palace called ‘Spanish Steps’.
We had some amazing alcoholic slushies.
It really gives you the chance to unwind and do a spot of people watching.
But just don’t overdo it on the frozen cocktails or you’ll be zonked out flat on the hotel bed by sundown.
However, the drinks are a bit pricey at that bar.
But then again, you’re in VEGAS, BABY!
When you’re feeling a little peckish, there’s Holsteins Shakes and Buns, Bobby’s Burger Palace, and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips.
Followed by and a favourite of mine: 800 Degrees Pizza.
“OK, So What About The Evening?”…
Again, there are a GAZILLION things to do at night as well.
When the sun goes down, It’s party time! (Kinda).
If you’re feeling lucky, why not take the roulette wheel for a spin, try your hand at Blackjack or just hit the slots.
There are plenty of hotel casinos on the strip where you can win a fist full of dollars.
Who knows, maybe even a Mustang if you hit the jackpot!
Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?
But a word of caution, you may not make it to bed until 7 or 8am. Trust me, I know!
In which case, you might as well grab some breakfast.
If you fancy downing a few alcoholic beverages and/or spending the night on the tiles and throwing shapes on the dance floors, there’s certainly a huge selection of bars and clubs.
When it comes to bars, you’ve got The Chandelier, Mandarin Bar, Skyfall Lounge, Fuel Bar, and Vesper Bar, to name a handful.
As for clubs and busting some moves to show Vegas who the real King or Queen of the dance floor is – there’s 1 Oak, Chateau, and Hakkasan, to name a few.
But if that’s not really your cup of tea…
If you love a bit of fun and breath-taking entertainment.
There are shows like the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, Le Reve, Vegas! The Show, Zombie Burlesque, and many more.
Or if you just wanna wind down after a long day and have a bite-to-eat.
There are numerous restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe (my absolute fave!), Le Cirque, Sinatra, and Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab.
After, you could take a trip to the Mirage volcano – where you can experience some explosive action just before 7, 8, and 9 pm, weather permitting.
And to end the evening on a high, why not take a casual stroll along the strip and enjoy the Bellagio’s breath-taking fountain display.
The last fountain display is always at 12 am (Mon-Sun), which gives you heaps of time for entertainment and fine wining and dining beforehand.
Wrapping it up on The Vegas Strip…
Simply put, the strip is the very entertainment heart of Sin City where most of the action happens.
So, whether it’s a Bachelor or Bachelorette party, a long birthday celebration weekend with your besties or just a well-deserved break from the norm with family/friends.
There’s heap of stuff to do on the strip day and night, for everyone.
And Remember… “What happens in Vegas… Stays in Vegas!”
Your Friend, Neil 😀
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