Can you believe Las Vegas Strip use to be a desert with no water resources (rainfall only 4 inch per year) and look at what it has transformed now?
Some history : The Strip Las Vegas was started by a Jewish gangster Bugsy Siegel. He is the handsome Jewish American mobster who first started real estate in Las Vegas The Strip with Flamingo Hotel. That is practically how the Strip in Las Vegas came about.
The one thing visitor must do is walk along the Strip Las Vegas, especially at night to feel the Las Vegas Sin City vibe. This stretch of the road has all the major largest and luxury casino hotel which you can walk in and visit for free. Below are the top 10 list of hotel casino in the Strip. Each hotel is built with a special theme and unique way of its own, find out what each hotel special signature and what to look for.
Las Vegas Street Names
In Las Vegas, you will notice many streets name are named after famous Hollywood big star, such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. I guess it help to alert tourists driving into town when they had reached the right street for their hotel/casino destination.
1.Flamingo Hotel Casino -oldest
The mobster Bugsy Siegel started the Strip with Flamingo Hotel Casino. More than 70 years after it first opened, the Flamingo is the oldest in the Strip Las Vegas.
Note : The hotel also has its own stop on the Las Vegas Monorail.
2. Luxor Las Vegas – Pyramid
The Pyramid Shape building is one of the iconic hotel situated southern end of the Strip.
Note : Watch Luxor Sky Beam
The Luxor Sky Beam is the strongest beam of light in the world. People said you can see the light from the space but I am not sure how true? This beam cost a lot of money to run, costs $51 an hour to operate when at full power.
3. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino – Big Brother
More than half of the hotels in Las Vegas Strip are owned by MGM Resort International. I would consider MGM as the big brother in the Strip Vegas.
Note : Go spot the MGM lion mascot stands outside MGM Resorts International
Delano and Mandalay Bay sit next to each other, the gold color in these two buildings stand out very well day and night. Owned by MGM Resort. I don’t think you will overlook the stunning gold outfit of these building.
Note : Mandalay Bay is famous for it convention center and Shark Reef.
5. New York-New York Hotel and Casino
The theme used was New York City. At the front, there is a replica of Statue of Liberty.
Note : Try the BIG Apple roller coaster which is 62 m high and maximum drop of 44m!
Caesars Palace Hotel is situated between Bellagio and The Mirage. The hotel is has a Roman style architecture & luxury hotel.
Note : Check out their Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis
Night view of Caesars Palace
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Hotel owned by Caesars Palace.
Note : Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, indoor shopping paradise for middle class.
Paris Las Vegas is also owned by Caesars, it has the theme of city of Paris, France.
Note : Check out the replica of Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe
9. Bellagio Hotel – Big Fountain is here!
This is a luxury hotel, also belong to MGM Resort. You can take advantage of their free fountain show in front of the hotel at 3.2 ha man made lake.
Note : Free fountain show outside Ballgio. It run every half an hour between 3 pm and 8 pm, and every 15 minutes from then till midnight.
Bally’s Las Vegas is also owned by Caesars.
Note : Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally Las Vegas. You will shop in a vibrantly colored rooftop design with mix of famous brands.
**Last but not least : Excalibur Hotel and Casino – Children Favorite
Theme uses the Europe Medieval castle theme, similar to Disney castle.
Note : Must check out their facade!
Final thought :
The day and night in the Strip Las Vegas is pretty different. In the day, the Strip look pretty normal, the traffic is smooth but at night the city became very vibrant. Tourists all rushed to check out the neon flashing lights which make the whole city so stunning.