One of the most famous roads in the world, the Las Vegas strip is known for its many casinos, hotels, and resorts. Located on South Las Vegas Boulevard, it is technically outside of the Vegas city borders, and within the town of Paradise, but it is usually considered part of Las Vegas. The five mile long strip includes some of the most famous hotels in the world, including Bellagio, Caesars Palace, the Mirage, the Venetian, and many more. In this post I’ll be guiding you through the entire strip, starting at its southernmost point and ending at its northernmost point.
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
The start of the strip is usually considered to be the iconic ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign, which welcomes tourists into the city. A well known symbol of Las Vegas, the sign’s saying and design is used on many souvenirs and ads promoting the city. Though the sign is technically located in Paradise, Nevada, over six kilometres south of the city limits, it is still considered part of Las Vegas by most. Near the sign you’ll also find a heartfelt memorial to those who died in the recent shooting that happened in Vegas.
Mandalay Bay, a 43 story resort and casino owned by MGM Resorts International, is the southernmost hotel on the strip. The hotel was over 3000 rooms, and is 18 years old. Going along with its tropical theme, is known for its aquarium, the Shark Reef Aquarium, which is home to the third largest tank in North America. There is currently a ‘Vegas Strong’ banner hung across the hotel’s windows, commemorating the recent terrorist attack that happened near the hotel.
Opened in 1993, the Luxor, a 30 storey hotel and casino, is Ancient Eygptian themed. The hotel is named after the city of Luxor in Egypt, and with over 4000 rooms, it is the 6th largest hotel in Vegas and 9th largest in the world. Also owned by MGM Resorts, this hotel’s rooms line the interior of the pyramid. It is known for its Luxor Sky Beam, a light beam that comes out of the top of the pyramid. This light beam is the strongest beam of light in the world, and it is visible up to 450 km away on a clear night.
The Excalibur, also owned by MGM Resorts, is a 27 year old hotel and casino. With nearly 4000 rooms, it opened as the world’s largest hotel, and is now the 7th largest in Vegas and 11th in the world. The hotel’s theme is Medieval Europe.
One of the oldest hotels still operating on the strip, the Tropicana hotel and casino is 60 years old. The tropical themed hotel is owned by Penn National Gaming, and it has 14 hundred plus rooms.
Being the largest hotel in America, the MGM Grand hotel and casino is home to over 5000 rooms. Obviously owned by MGM Resorts International, its theme is Art Deco and Hollywood. The MGM Grand is also home to the largest casino in Clark County, Nevada. It was opened in 1993 and is made up of six buildings.
With over 2000 rooms, this 20 year old hotel and casino is yet again owned by MGM Resorts. It’s known for its Big Apple Coaster, a huge roller coaster that wraps around the hotel’s exterior, and for its Statue of Liberty replica located outside of the hotel. The facade of the hotel is made to resemble the city’s skyline in the 40s, while its interior resembles the streets of New York City.
Home to the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL, this relatively new arena is located in between New York-New York and the Monte Carlo. This 20,000 capacity arena also hosts concerts and sporting events, and was opened three years ago.
The Monte Carlo resort and casino, opened in 1996, is home to 3000 plus rooms. Its theme is Monte Carlo, Monaco, and it is made to resemble Monte Carlo’s Place du Casino. It is owned by MGM Resorts International.
CityCenter, a somewhat new urban complex, is located in between the Monte Carlo and Bellagio. The complex is made up of three hotels, the Mandarin Oriental, Aria, and Vdara (check out my post all about the Vdara here!); one condo, the Veer Towers; and one mall, the Shops @ Crystals. Often described as a city within a city, it is owned by MGM Resorts International and Dubai World, and is the largest privately funded construction project in US history.
Opened in 2010, the Cosmopolitan resort hotel and casino is often rated as one of the world’s best hotels. This hotel, owned by Blackstone Group Company, is known for its nightlife. It is made up of two towers, the Boulevard Tower and the Chelsea Tower.
Planet Hollywood, owned by Caesars Entertainment Corporation, is a Hollywood themed hotel and casino. It opened in 2007, and is home to 25 hundred plus rooms. This hotel is known for its Miracle Mile Shops, a mainstream shopping mall; and many shows, including ones by Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez. Formerly the Tally-Ho and the Aladdin, the hotel was renovated ten years ago to fit its new theme.
One of the strip’s most elegant hotels, the Bellagio is 19 year old a resort, hotel, and casino. The nearly 4000 room hotel was built on the site of the former Dunes hotel and casino, and opened in late 1998. Its theme is the town of Bellagio, Italy, and it is owned by MGM. The Bellagio is known for its choreographed water show, a stunning performance put on by the hotel’s fountains; and for its conservatory and botanical gardens, which feauture seasonal garden displays. For more info on the Bellagio, check out my post all about it here.
Paris Las Vegas, an 18 year old hotel and casino, is owned by Caesars. With nearly 3000 rooms, the hotel is one of the most famous on the strip. Its iconic half-sized Eiffel Tower replica and two thirds-sized Arc de Triomphe replica are some of the most recognizable landmarks in Vegas. The hotel’s exterior is made to represent the Louvre and the Paris Opera House, while inside, its shopping promenade resembles the streets of Paris. Check out my more detailed post about Paris here.
Formerly MGM Grand, Bally’s is a 44 year old hotel and casino. Being the largest hotel in the world when it opened, it was said to have one of the biggest impacts on Vegas in history. The almost 3000 room hotel, owned by Caesars, is known for its Great Bazaar Shops, an open air market.
Possibly the most famous hotel on the strip, Caesars Palace is a iconic hotel and casino. It is known for its Colosseum theatre, Forum Shops, and other Roman Empire replicas. Caesars Palace is also known for hosting some of the world’s greatest performers, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and many more. The hotel has nearly 4000 rooms, has a Roman Empire theme, and is owned by, of course, Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
The Flamingo hotel and casino, with over 70 years of history, is the oldest resort on the strip still in operation. It is Art Deco, South Beach, and Miami themed, and has over 3600 rooms. Its main attraction is its wildlife habitat, which is home to flamingos, ducks, koi fish, turtles, and once penguins. This hotel, the third to ever open on the strip, is owned by Caesars.
Opened in 1959, the Linq is a 58 year old hotel and casino with nearly 3000 rooms. The hotel, owned by Caesars, was formerly the Flamingo Capri, a small motel; the Imperial Palace, an “Asian” themed hotel and casino; and the Quad, before being named the Linq.
Connected to the Linq is the High Roller ferris wheel, the world’s tallest ferris wheel. It is 167.7m tall, and 158.5m in diameter. Opened in 2014, it has 28 cabins, with each hold 40 people (1120 in total).
Harrah’s, a hotel and casino owned by Caesars, opened in 1973 and is 44 years old. The Carnival and Mardi Gras themed hotel is made up of two towers, Mardi Gras and Valley Towers. Formerly called the Holiday Casino, the hotel has 26 hundred plus rooms.
The Mirage, a well known resort and casino, was the largest hotel in the world at the time of its opening in 1989. The Polynesian themed resort is known for its erupting volcano show, rainforest atrium, and Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil show. Owned by MGM, the 3000+ room hotel was built on the site of the former Castaways hotel and casino.
Known for its Grand Canal Shoppes, the Venice, Italy themed Venetian hotel and casino is one of Vegas’ most iconic landmarks. Built 18 years ago, this Las Vegas Sands owned hotel has over 4000 rooms. It is home to many replicas of the most famous attractions in Venice, including St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Campanile, the Rialto Bridge, and the Grand Canal.
The tallest building in its state, the Palazzo is an Italian themed hotel and casino. It has over 3000 rooms, and is located right next to the Venetian. Known for its Shoppes at the Palazzo, this hotel is owned by Las Vegas Sands.
Treasure Island, owned by Phil Ruffin, is a pirate/Carribbean themed hotel and casino. The only hotel on the strip to host a Cirque Soleil show that isn’t connected to MGM, it is known for its Cirque du Soleil show Mystère. Before it was ended, it was also famous for its free show, the Sirens of TI. Built back in the 90s, TI is home to over 3000 rooms.
The strip’s main mall, the Fashion Show Mall, is home to over 250 stores. Hence its name, it hosts fashion shows on its retractable runway ever weekend.
Wynn & Encore
The Wynn and Encore resorts and casinos, connected to one another, are owned by Wynn Resorts. The Encore opened 8 years ago, while the Wynn opened 12 years ago. They are some of the top hotels on the strip, and together they have 4750 rooms.
With almost 50 years of history, Circus Circus is a hotel, casino, and RV Park on the Las Vegas Strip. It is owned by MGM, and is home to the largest permanent big top in the world. Circus Circus is known for its Adventuredome, a huge indoor amusement park, and of course, for its many circus acts.
Usually considered the northern end of the strip, the Stratosphere is the only hotel on the strip that is actually located within the city limits of Las Vegas. It consists of a hotel, casino, and observation tower. Its tower is the tallest structure in Nevada, and the second tallest tower in the Western hemisphere, second to the CN Tower (check out my post about it here!). Formerly called Vegas World, the Stratosphere opened 21 years ago, is owned by Golden Entertainment, has 24 hundred plus rooms, and is 24 storeys tall.
That’s it for my guide to the strip! I hope you enjoyed. Happy New Years Eve to those of you reading this the day its being posted. The day this will be posted I’ll be driving from Vienna to Prague!
Thanks for reading.