If you plan to visit Las Vegas, make sure you know all of the best gambling and attraction hot spots in Sin City. The Strip is the most popular destination for tourists and there is definitely a reason why: the biggest and the best casinos and hotels are on this famous section of Las Vegas Boulevard. However, there are sites other than the Strip that a lot of tourists do not know about, such as the Stratosphere, Fremont Street, and Sam’s Town. Make sure you experience the best Las Vegas has to offer, on the Strip and off of it.
Driving onto the Strip from the south, drivers pass the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and have the opportunity to park in a nearby lot and get their picture underneath the nearly 30 foot tall sign. However, as any visitor will see, the sign itself is dwarfed by the size of the casinos and hotels on the Las Vegas Strip itself.
At night, the Strip is so bright that you can hardly tell what time of day it is. Row upon row of slot machines and live tables line every casino on the Strip and they feature all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants at the visitor’s convenience.
The bright lights of the Strip come from the most famous gambling centers in town. These opulent buildings double as hotels and casinos and are the foundation upon which the Las Vegas Strip was built. They are the main draw to vacation and gamble in Las Vegas.
Both sides of the Strip are covered in Hotels and Casinos. On the west side of the strip, some of the biggest names in the business have their resorts. The largest hotels on the west side include Circus Circus, Aria, Caesar’s Palace, the Bellagio, the Luxor, Mandalay Bay, and Excalibur. On the east side of the Strip, infamous icons of Las Vegas include the MGM Grand, Flamingo, Casino Royale, Harrah’s, and Venetian.
Just north of the Las Vegas Strip is the Stratosphere, the tallest observation tower in the United States. The tower is 1,149 feet tall and is connected to its own hotel and casino. Visitors can go to the top of the tower and look out over the rest of Las Vegas. The top of the tower features thrill rides, a restaurant, and a gift shop.
While the Las Vegas Strip is the main attraction for vacationers, Fremont Street is the second most famous street in Las Vegas. Fremont Street is just as bright as the Strip at night and features neon signs like Vegas Vic, who waves at passersby walking down the street.
Fremont Street has its own casinos and hotels, but the big attraction is the 90 foot wide screen that hangs over four blocks of Fremont Street. This screen covers almost the entire width of the walkway and features concerts and performances by musicians on a nightly basis, with new shows every summer. Fremont Street also features shops, live concerts, and of course gambling.
One of the more famous casinos located off the Strip is Sam’s Town, located on Boulder Highway Nevada State Route 582. Sam’s Town features a ceiling over the main area that is made entirely of glass as well as a fantastic rainforest-like experience complete with a waterfall, a tropical environment, and even computerized animals. All of these attractions, however, merely complement the casino itself.
Sarah normally writes about sports on her blog but also likes a little bet from time to time.