[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.chelliesworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/featured-NYNY.jpg” imgalt=” New York New Hotel Casino located at the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd and Tropicana Ave” imgtitle=”New York New York Hotel Casino Las Vegas” imglink=”http://www.chelliesworld.com/las-vegas” captiontext=”New York New York Hotel & Casino located on the south end of Las Vegas Blvd”]When referring to Las Vegas most are referring to the Las Vegas Strip. The “strip” is a 4.5 mile stretch of amazing world renowned hotels, casinos, shopping and nightlife. The Las Vegas strip typically begins on the south end of the strip near Tropicana Ave and ends at the north at Sahara Avenue. If you continue to head north, you will reach downtown Las Vegas. If you enjoy walking, you can walk along the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown. To get from the Las Vegas Strip to Downtown, take a bus, car or taxi since it is a far walk and in this author’s opinion, is not advisable.
Many of you might not be aware that in addition to the Strip and Downtown, there are a number of beautiful hotel and casinos on the east and west ends of town that are worth visiting. Visit here for current Las Vegas news and related Las Vegas info.
[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.chelliesworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/featurerd-excalibur1.jpg” imgalt=”Excalibur Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada” imgtitle=”Excalibur Hotel Casino located at the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd” imglink=”http://www.chelliesworld.com/las-vegas” align=”right” captiontext=”Excalibur Hotel & Casino”]The Las Vegas strip is the hub of all major Las Vegas activity and a definite must see when visiting Las Vegas. The “strip” begins on the south end of Las Vegas Blvd. Most reference material you will find continues to refer to the strip’s starting point as the four corners the south end of the strip at the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd. and Tropicana Ave.
That famous intersection is home to the Tropicana, MGM, Excalibur and New York New York Hotel, Casino’s and attractions. Since the strip has expanded over the years, the more practical starting point is Mandalay Bay further south. The main strip ends on the north end at The Riviera
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In between those 2 points are plenty of hotels, casinos, shopping, entertainment, activities and attractions. So much so, that you might not even find time to venture out of the strips perimeter.
[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.chelliesworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/lvh-exterior.jpg” imgalt=”LVH Las Vegas formerly the Las Vegas Hilton” imgtitle=”The new LVH in Las Vegas Nevada” imglink=”http://www.chelliesworld.com/las-vegas/” Captiontext=”LVH Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Photo source: Vegas.com”]There is so much to do and see in fabulous Las Vegas and for many, their trip is confined to the hotels, casinos, restaurants and area attractions that are directly on Las Vegas Blvd. It is so easy to do and you could easily spend your well-deserved vacation time within the strips corridor and keep continually busy and entertained. Years ago, before I relocated, only once did I venture past the strip. You don’t even ave to rent a car if you intend to stay within the strips confines. You can walk along the strip, hop on a bus operated by the Regional Transportation Centeror take advantage of some of the shuttle bus services that some of the strip properties offer to their sister properties. For those wanting to experience more of the local flavor of Las Vegas or simply want to see more of the Casino’s in Las Vegas, there are many places to visit. In this section,
I’ve listed some of the Casino’s that are close to the Las Vegas Strip. Some are so close that you can see them, however if you try to walk you will find that it is much further than you originally thought. The Gold Coast, Rio and Palms are located a few miles west of the strip and are great examples of this. You can clearly see their Marquees from the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo Road. Remember, they are not as close as they seem and you have to walk along a portion of an unpaved area by I-15. You’ve been warned! The Orleans, located a few miles west of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd is another great place to visit. Another favorite place for both locals and tourists is the Hard Rock which is located off of Las Vegas Blvd and Harmon Avenue. That intersection is right near Planet Hollywood. The LVH, featured in the photo to the left, is the fomer Las Vegas Hilton. Hilton exercised their right to yank their name however, it appears to be business as usual. The LVH is frequented by business travelers and those attending conventions.
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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://www.chelliesworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/fi-las-vegas-downtown-binions-sign-25.1.jpg” imgalt=”Binions Hotel Casino in Downtown Las Vegas” imgtitle=”Binions Hotel Casino in Downtown Las Vegas” imglink=”http://www.chelliesworld.com/las-vegas” align=right]Rich with history, downtown Las Vegas has evolved through the years and now offers many of the bells and whistles of the strip…at a fraction of the cost. Enjoy walking along the enclosure of the Fremont Street Experience browsing and purchasing a wide array of souvenirs from the street vendors as you walk from Casino to Casino. Most of the downtown Casino’s have some type of themed table games areas staffed with beautiful and friendly dealers. Many of these “party pits” are visible from the Fremont Street Experience with Binions and The Golden Gate leading the pack. If you are feeling especially adventurous, you can zip along Fremont St on the exciting zip line. The ever-elegant Golden Nugget offers the feel of a strip property. They have well-appointed room, great restaurants and the nicest pool downtown. Be sure to stop by Fitzgeralds, a downtown favorite of mine and tell ’em Chellie sent you!