The infamous Las Vegas Strip is a four-mile section of the road leading through where some of the world’s largest hotels, casinos, and resorts are located. The Strip is all glitter and show. At the north end of the Strip, one will find the Stratosphere with Mandalay Bay heading up the South end. In 1931, the first casino was built along this highway and the first hotel went up in 1941. The success of these two establishments paved the way for numerous hotels and casinos to follow creating what began to be called the Strip in 1942. Each consecutive hotel to go up on the Strip was bigger and grander than the one before it with more entertainment and gambling options. Each of these hotels vied with one another to keep their gamblers in the house and from wandering into the other casinos.
It never gets dark on the strip as there are millions of lights coming from the hotels and casinos lining the strips. Flashing and twinkling, they truly light up the sky for miles around the Strip. In 1995, the lights were dimmed all along the Strip as a show of respect for Dean Martin immediately after his death. Dean Martin and the Rat Pack were renowned for their association with the Strip.
Today one can take a monorail that runs over on the east side of the Strip or one could ride a double-decker bus or trolley right on the Strip. However, one may want to consider walking up and down the strip instead as the sights and sounds experienced are quite breathtaking. Several of the hotels have attractions where pedestrians will stop, gather, and watch for hours. The Bellagio has the famous fountains that dance and sway to music and lights. The Mirage has a volcano and a white tiger habitat while Treasure Island has the Sirens. These are just some of the most well-known attractions.
Footbridges have been built over the roads due to the sheer number of pedestrians who enjoy gazing at the awesome wonder of the Strip. In order to avoid constant traffic jams, Las Vegas decided to install a way of ensuring mobility for both cars and pedestrians without danger to either.
The Strip is also accommodating to those who want to walk or jog for exercise. There is a club called The High Rollers and Strollers Club. They provide directions showing two different walking routes, both using the Strip. Walking along the strip is a constantly interesting and changing experience. There are always new hotels or casinos going up. Many of the hotels have attractions that are enjoyable from the Strip. The casinos are open all along the way for anyone to stop and get water or use the restroom. Several of the hotels have built walking courses on their grounds that lead through their shops, pools, and restaurants.
The Las Vegas Strip is an experience that is unparalleled by any. No other place in the world quite offers the same experience as the Strip does.