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The Las Vegas Strip
When many people picture Las Vegas they picture the Hotels, casinos and resorts along Las Vegas Boulevard or as it is more commonly known The Strip. Despite it’s humble beginnings, this boom or bust area of Las Vegas features some of the most iconic and popular Locales and attractions in the city. Buildings such as the Luxor’s sleek glass pyramid and shining blue light or the faux Statue of Liberty and Eiffel tower as iconic to Las Vegas as a pair of dice or Frank Sinatra.
Today The Strip is home to a multitude of the world’s largest and most famous luxury hotels and Casinos and each has something different to offer. Visitors can find family friendly adventure at Places like Treasure Island or Circus Circus and romantic get away at the Bellagio or Paris Las Vegas. For a rocking party weekend out with friends, there is also the Mirage, Creasers palace and many other stops to fit any idea of a good time.
The strip began with the El Rancho Casino in 1941, but it wasn’t until the creation of the Flamingo in 1946 that the area really began to draw attention. The Flamingo was the first of its kind to incorporate, shows and resort style amenities with its hotel and casino. Catching on like a string of dominos many other Casinos soon followed suite and built similar attractions.
The area was popular with many hotel owners including those involved with the mob and other forms of organized crime because it was outside of the city limits of Clark County. Because of this the region had fewer taxes to pay and even less police jurisdiction. The nick name the Strip was coined by the former Los Angeles Police Captain Guy McAfee who said it reminded him of California’s Sunset Strip.
The Strip itself can be split into two sections, the north Strip and the South Strip. Each section has a slightly different flair and the border between the two is often considered Flamingo Avenue where the Bellagio and Ceaser’s Palace meet.
The North Strip has a much more classic feel than the South Strip and includes many of the hotels which many associated as Las Vegas standards. These include The kid friendly Treasure Island and Circus Circus as well as the immense Venetian and the trend setting Mirage. For one of the best views of the city check out the Stratosphere. This Casino has a famous observation tower that gives visitors a 360 degree, birds-eye view of the glittering city of Las Vegas.
The South strip is a mixture of big time locations and up and coming hotspots. Some of the Big shots include The MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood and the Bellagio with its luxurious rooms, and dancing fountains. Other major hotels and attractions can be found at the Egyptian themed Luxor or the Child friendly castle themed Excalibur. One of the biggest locals in the Area is the massive Mandalay Bay. This resort features a wide selection of restaurants and entertainment but also includes some premier entertainment such as The Shark Reef Aquarium and The house of Blues. Facing South this area also has the famous neon Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign which has been pictured in many of the most popular films about the city.