The Las Vegas Strip, a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South located in Clark County Nevada, is famous for itsconcentrations resort hotels and casinos.
The Las Vegas Strip, a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South located in Clark County Nevada, is famous for itsconcentrations resort hotels and casinos. The Strip is approximately 4.2 mi (6.8km) in lengthand is located south ofthe Las Vegas City limits in the unincorporated communities of Paradise, Winchester. It is also commonly knownsimply as “Las Vegas”.The Strip is home of many of the largest resort, casino, hotel and property properties in the world. This strip is knownfor its contemporary architecture, lights and wide range of attractions. Its iconic Strip has become one of the mostvisited and popular tourist destinations in the world. The Strip is an All-American Road. Both the North and SouthLasVegas Strip routes were designated as Nevada Scenic Byways.Casinos that were not located downtown on Fremont Street used to be outside the city limits, but they could still befound on Las Vegas Boulevard. The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, which was created in 1959, is locatedexactly 4.5 mi (7.2 km) outside of the city limits. The sign is currently found in the median south of Russell Road. Thisis across from where the Klondike Hotel Casino was located. It is about 0.4 mi (0.64 km south) of Mandalay Bay’ssouthernmost entry.Las Vegas Boulevard South was formerly known as Arrowhead Highway, Los Angeles Highway. Guy McAfee, a LosAngeles police officer and entrepreneur, named the Strip after the Sunset Strip in his hometown.Ernie Cragin of City of Las Vegas wanted to annexe Strip territory in 1950 to help fund his ambitious building projectsand reduce the city’s debt. Gus Greenbaum from the Flamingo lobbied Clark County commissioners for townshipstatus. Paradise was and Winchester became unincorporated. Two decades later, the Supreme Court of Nevadaoverturned a 1975 Nevada law that would have combined the Strip with Clark County’s other urban areas into theCity of Las Vegas.Caesars Palace was established in 1966. Kirk Kerkorian, who purchased Flamingo in 1968, hired Alex Shoofey (VicePresident Sahara Hotels) as his president. Alex Shoofey had 33 Sahara Hotels rooms with him, however, the RossiyaHotel rooms were mainly single rooms of 118 square feet. The room is roughly 1/4 the size ofa standard MGM GrandResort room. On November 21, 1980, the MGM Grand was struck by electrical problems and lost its most famousresort, killing 87 guests. It was reopened eighteen months later. Kerkorian purchased the MGM Grand to BallyManufacturing. In1986, it was renamed Bally’s.The Mirage was opened in 1989 and brought a new level to Las Vegas. The Mirage was known for its tropicallandscapes featuring waterfalls, an erupting volcanic volcano, world-class chefs and a show with illusionists Siegfried& Roy. There were 12 new hotels built in the 1990s. These included themed hotels like Mandalay Bay and Excalibur.The Bellagio, which cost $1.7B to build, is the most expensive hotel at that time. These enormous facilities offerentertainment, dining options, as much as gambling and lodging. These changes affected smaller, less well-knowncasinos and hotels like the Stardust and Sands. 1993 saw the debut of the Mystere show at Treasure Island, a newhotel by Cirque du Soleil. This was a pivotal moment in the transformation Las Vegas Strip entertainment.The resorts attempted to attract families by adding more attractions that were geared towards youth, but they hadlimited success. The location of the Wet ‘n Wild water park was on the south side, next to the Sahara hotel. It closedin 2004 and was later demolished. The MGM Grand Adventures Theme Park opened in 1993. However, the park wasclosed in 2000 because of lack of interest. Treasure Island, which had its own arcade in 1993, closed its doors andgaveup the pirate theme. In 2003, the new ti name was adopted.Apart from the many large hotels, casinos, and resorts on the Strip, there are also numerous attractions like M&M’sWorld Adventuredome, M&M’s World, and Fashion Show Mall. Since the mid-1990s theStrip has been a popularNew Year’s Eve celebration location.Through the 2000s, the strip moved towards the luxury high end segment. Older resorts saw major expansions andrenovations. In addition to the gambling at Strip resorts, high end dining, specialty shopping, spas, and nightclubsbecame more popular options. The strip was seeing a rise in the number of expensive condo units.MGM Mirage, an MGM company, announced plans for CityCenter in 2004, a 66-acre (27-ha) multi-use project worth$7 billion.The CityCenter is located on the Boardwalk and adjacent land. It will include a casino, condos, condos,retail, art and other uses. City Center is currently one of the largest such buildings in the world. Construction began inApril 2006 and most of the components were opened in late 2009. The Las Vegas Strip also lost its long-standingstatus as the most lucrative gambling destination in the world, and was placed second to Macau in 2006. In 2012, The High Roller Ferris wheel was built and a new retail district called The LINQ Promenade was created todiversify other attractions than casino resorts. The Strip continued to be transformed in 2014 with renovations andrebrandings, such as the Cromwell Las Vegas (and the SLS Las Vegas). The Las Vegas Festival Grounds wereopened in 2015. T-Mobile Arena and The Park opened in 2015, as well as the Park Theater.In 2018, the Monte Carlo Resort Casino was renamed Park MGM, and the SLS changed its name to Sahara LasVegas in 2019.In 2021 the Pinball Hall of Famewas moved to the spot where the “Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is located at thesouthern end of the Strip. Resorts World Las Vegas was also built on the former Stardust Resort Casino site (laterknown as the unfinished Echelon place).Dream Las Vegas, a casino-and-boutique hotel, will open on the southern Las Vegas Strip early in 2021 and becomplete by early-2023.The MSG Sphere is being built at The Venetian. It was originally scheduled to open in 2021. But, the opening hasbeen rescheduled for 2023.Plansare being made to finish JW Marriott Las Vegas Boulevard (formerly known as Fontainebleau/The Drew LasVegas). The planned opening date for the hotel is October 2023. About 75% of the JW Marriott’s construction iscomplete.The All Net Resort & Arena will open its doors in October 2021. It will have a retractable roof area that seats 23,000,two hotels, as well as a theatre.The Majestic Las Vegas, which is located just across the Las Vegas Convention Center is set to begin construction inJuly 2021. Itis expected that it will be complete by 2024.RTC Transit (previously Citizens Area Transit. or CAT), provides bus service along The Strip with double-deckerbuses known as The Deuce. The Deuce runs along Mandalay Bay at South Strip Transfer Terminal (andto theWelcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign) to the Bonneville Transit Center, BTC and the Fremont Street Experience inDowntown Las Vegas. There are stops near all casinos. RTC also has an express bus called Strip and DowntownExpress. This route connectsLas Vegas Convention Center with Downtown Las Vegas to North, and stops atselected shopping attractions (Las Vegas Premium Outlets North/South).Although not on The Strip, the Las Vegas Monorail runs a route of 3.9 miles along the east side of the Stripcorridor,from Tropicana Avenue through Sahara Avenue. There are stops every 4-8 minutes at multiple properties on-Strip,including the MGM Grand at one end and the Sahara the other.