The four-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard from McCarran International Airport to Sahara Avenue contains some of the world's best-known casino resorts. This area known as the "Strip" offers dozens of casinos and tens of thousands of hotel rooms for travelers to the Nevada desert.
Casino resorts dominate this section of Las Vegas. You will find the occasional chain hotel -- such as the Motel 6 beside Hooters or the Travelodge in the north part of the Strip -- but for the most part casino hotels stand shoulder-to-shoulder along Las Vegas Boulevard. Some of these resorts cater more to families than others. Frommer's recommends Circus Circus, Excalibur and Luxor if you have children along on the trip. Circus Circus features a theme park and circus acts while Excalibur and Luxor offer arcades and motion rides for children.
Some hotels on the Strip offer plush accommodations and loads of amenities. At these properties you will find the most comfortable beds and marble-ladened bathrooms. Their names are synonymous with Las Vegas -- Bellagio, Wynn, Caesars Palace, The Venetian. Expect to pay well north of $100 per night for a room as of 2010. All rooms at The Venetian and Wynn are larger spaces and considered suites, offering large bathrooms and sleeping areas, according to Fodor's.
If you want to pay well south of $100 per night, you will find no shortage of choices. Rates below $30 (as of November 2010) characterize many Las Vegas casino resorts, such as Stratosphere, Riviera and Sahara. In general, you will find lower rates, and older properties, the farther north you travel on the Strip. For cheaper accommodations in the mid and south section of the Strip try Imperial Palace and Hooters.
Many resorts offer free shows and attractions to entice people to visit their properties. Plan to travel the Strip at night to catch all of these freebies. The fountains in the lake fronting the Bellagio "dance" to music every 15 minutes after dark and each half hour during the day. Head north to The Mirage to watch the volcano "erupt" hourly after sunset. Just north of here you will encounter Treasure Island, where pirates aboard boats stage battles four times each night.
- "Fodor's Las Vegas 2010"; Andrew Collins et al; 2009
- "Frommer's Las Vegas 2009"; Mary Herczog; 2009
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