Rising up from the desert and shimmering in the Nevada heat, the lights, sounds, colors and scale of Las Vegas is a dizzying mix that promises a helter-skelter experience from the minute you step off the plane. If you’re new to Vegas – or even a seasoned visitor guilty of never leaving the convenience of the Strip – take a look at our neighborhood guide. You’re guaranteed to discover a side to Vegas that you’ve never seen before!
Star of a million TV shows and darling of stage and screen, the Las Vegas Strip is arguably one of the most famous addresses in the World. Cutting through the heart of the desert in a kaleidoscope of colors, you can travel the globe, from Paris to New York, via Ancient Greece or Egypt and the canals of Venice without ever having to leave the Vegas city limits.
Most descriptions are orientated as being to the North or South of the Strip. The south, closest to the airport, is where you’ll find the Mandalay Bar Resort and Casino and the pyramid of the Luxor Hotel. At the North End sits the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino with its dizzying selection of daredevil base jumps, roller coasters and adventure sport experiences.
The three mile stretch boasts more hotel rooms than any other zip code on the planet and is jam packed end to end with things to see and do. You can calculate the walking distance between attractions with the interactive Pocket Vegas Visitor Map & Guide.
If you have a hankering to hang with the Rat Pack or long to reminisce about the Las Vegas of the 30s and 40s, head downtime to Fremont Street. Many old Vegas landmarks have been destroyed to make room for bigger and better hotels and resorts but, you can still catch a glimpse of vintage Vegas around Fremont Street. If you’re on a budget, many of the hotels in this area are cheaper than rooms on the Strip. The biggest attraction, no matter where you’re staying, is the Fremont Street Experience, a canopy of lights that stretches 90 feet above a Pedestrian walkway.
Many Las Vegas bars and Vegas attractions will be described as off-Strip. Hotels like The Orleans, Palace Station and the Hard Rock are also described as off-Strip. In reality, this means they’re a short walk, bus or taxi ride away from the main street. Off-Strip also stretches north to south and generally runs behind both sides of the famous street.