"Vegas comes alive at night"
More than just a street, The Strip is the beating heart of Las Vegas and one of the most iconic tourist attractions in the USA. A walk along The Strip is an assault on the senses; everywhere you look you are met with neon lights, billboards, street performers and themed hotels. It’s bold, it’s bright and it’s what makes Vegas “Vegas”. Covering a length of 4.2 miles and lined by luxurious hotels and casinos, the Strip is an attraction in itself and I love to spend my evenings just wandering up and down soaking up the atmosphere with all the other tourists. Where else in the world could you see The Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and the Egyptian Pyramids all in one place?
During the daytime, the Strip can get extremely hot in the summer months, so the best time to experience it is after dark when temperatures are cooler and the neon lights illuminate the Strip. Vegas comes alive at night and there’s nothing like walking along the sidewalk with a drink in hand getting ready for a night on the town. You’re in VEGAS BABY!
In the north part of the Strip, you’ll find the Fashion Show Mall, which is filled with retailers including Apple, Topshop, and Sephora. If you’re in need of a last-minute outfit, some new swimwear or a pair of heels for your big night out then this is the place to go. Opposite the Fashion Show Mall, you’ll find the ultra luxurious Wynn Las Vegas, a resort known for its lavish clubs including XS and Encore Beach Club. Pop inside to marvel at the hotel’s lobby, which looks like a secret garden decorated with trees, fairy lights and lanterns.
"Every time I gaze out of the plane window and see those twinkling lights of The Strip I can’t help but feel a sense of awe and excitement."
A few minutes’ walk from the Wynn Las Vegas you’ll find The Venetian Las Vegas, which has been designed to make visitors feel like they’ve been transported to Venice, complete with architectural copies of Venetian landmarks such as St Mark's Campanile and The Doge’s Palace. Outside the hotel, gondoliers offer romantic gondola rides along a replica of the Venice Canals.
My favourite stretch of The Strip is towards the middle, where you’ll find Caesar’s Palace, Flamingo and The Bellagio. It’s here you’ll find the Fountains of Bellagio, which entertains visitors with dancing water displays that have been perfectly choreographed to music. Performances usually run every 30 minutes in the daytime and every 15 minutes in evening, so if you miss it you never have to wait long for the next show. The fountains dance to different opera, classical, Broadway and pop tunes each time, and I never tire of watching the show.
Most of the restaurants in Las Vegas are located inside the casinos with little daylight but in the centre of the Strip, there are two restaurants with outdoor patios – Lago and Mon Ami Gabi. Lago at The Bellagio serves Italian cuisine, while Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas serves Parisian classics such as French onion soup and crepes. Taking breakfast on the terrace at Mon Ami is always a treat. The terrace directly overlooks the Strip and is perfect for people watching.
Another fantastic place for shopping is The Miracle Mile Shops, located next to Planet Hollywood, which features over 200 shops. If you’re in need of a blow dry before your big night out, Drybar inside the mall will have you looking fabulous in no time.
The southern end of the Strip features several themed hotels, including New York, New York, which boasts a rollercoaster that features a 180-degree “heartline” twist and dive manoeuvre.
Also located in this stretch of the Strip, is MGM Grand. One of the biggest hotels in existence and is known for its pool party, Wet Republic, which attracts famous DJs from all over the world, including David Guetta, Tiesto and Steve Aoki. This 54,500-square-foot venue boasts saltwater pools, daybeds and cabanas and on a summer’s day it’s packed to the brim with revellers.
You never know, you may even bump into a celebrity, as the event has attracted the likes of Prince Harry, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez. Dancing to the music with a cocktail in hand under the heat of the desert sun - what’s not to love?
Before you leave Las Vegas (and if you’re not completely exhausted from all that fun) don’t forget to have your photo taken with the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, which is located just south of Mandalay Bay. It’s a bit of a trek to get to so I’d recommend taking a taxi, but it’s definitely a fantastic photo opportunity.
The sign is an icon of Las Vegas and the back reads “Drive carefully. Come back soon.” I’m sure once you’ve visited, you’ll definitely be back. Every time I gaze out of the plane window and see those twinkling lights of The Strip I can’t help but feel a sense of awe and excitement. Anything is possible when you’re in Vegas!
About the Author
Hailing from Manchester, Victoria is author of award-winning travel blog Pommie Travels and has travelled to over 50 countries across 6 continents. After graduating from university in 2008 she decided to pack her degree into her suitcase and embark on a life of adventure, travelling solo and documenting her experiences online. She particularly loves travelling in the US and has visited Las Vegas on numerous occasions. It's her goal to stay at every hotel on the Las Vegas strip!