If there is one element that best represents Las Vegas to the vacation traveler, it would have to be the famous Las Vegas strip. It’s “Main Street” Vegas, the heart and soul of the entertainment capital of the world.
The popular Vegas strip is a long stretch of roadway that spans the area from around the Mandalay Bay Resort (closest to the airport) to the towering Stratosphere Hotel, near the old downtown area of Vegas. Most of the major hotels are located right on the strip, although some big names like the Trump Hotel and the Las Vegas Hilton don’t actually face onto the strip, but are just a block away.
Here are 3 fun and free things to do on the Las Vegas strip:
1. Stroll through the various hotels on the strip. Major Las Vegas hotels are massive, all-encompassing resorts that combine accommodations, entertainment, exercise, dining and a whole lot more. Each hotel has a unique design and theme. All are impressive to see and experience firsthand. Photographs and words seem somewhat inadequate when it comes to capturing the magic of the resorts that abound here. Favorites include Mandalay Bay, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mirage, Venetian and Wynn. There are a couple of other “must see” hotels too including Luxor, Paris and Excalibur.
2. View the musical fountains at the Bellagio. Original and spectacular are two words that come to mind. The Bellagio water fountain display covers a huge area at the front of the hotel and is certainly fitting for Las Vegas with its size and sophistication. There are water fountains and then there’s this, which takes water fountain displays to a whole new level. Choreographed to musical soundtracks from the greats including Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, the show runs nightly and includes 20 different presentations.
3. Experience the erupting volcano outside the Mirage. Created by the same company that designed the Fountains of Bellagio, the Mirage volcano is another “must see” when in Vegas. With accompanying music created by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Indian musical sensation Zakir Hussain, the volcano isn’t just a sight but an experience. You can see it erupt any evening on the hour from 8pm until midnight. We have many More Las Vegas Vacation Information, Travel Review and Attractions Articles Now Available.
Take it in. Savor it. The Las Vegas strip is one-of-a-kind. It’s 24-hour action and excitement. But be forewarned: if you’re walking it, you’re feet will probably be a little sore at the end of the day. That’s the perfect time to indulge in a trip to your hotel spa, or enjoy a break away from it all in hot tub.