- By kevin
- On May 14, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Your Las Vegas vacation will likely revolve around the iconic neon lights and famous (albeit somewhat kitschy) sights along the Strip. Book the Los Angeles to Las Vegas tour in this Summer, or to follow our Las Vegas travel map to travel around the city. This is where Lady Luck will make or break your bank account, but there are other diversions attached to the casinos: ride a gondola at The Venetian, see views atop the Eiffel Tower at Paris, Las Vegas or enjoy the renowned fountain show at the Bellagio.
Las Vegas Travel Map:
Once you pass the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign along Las Vegas Boulevard South, it won't be too long until you're cruising the Strip. Sin City's notorious artery acts as the epicenter of any Vegas getaway. Here you'll find Las Vegas' most iconic landmarks, including the Bellagio Fountains, the Eiffel Tower at Paris, Las Vegas, the pyramid and sphinx belonging to The Luxor and The Venetian's Grand Canal.
The "Strip" technically runs from Mandalay Bay on the south end (home to an aquarium and a man-made beach) to the Stratosphere casino on the north end, where you'll find the tallest free-standing observation tower in the country (this is where you'll go for the perfect Vegas photo).
If you have the stamina, you can explore the Strip on foot – just make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Alternatively, the Deuce bus offers rides 24/7 from the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Vegas all the way to the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard. The Monorail is another option, which travels from the MGM Grand and Sahara Avenue. You can also book a variety of guided tours, from helicopter rides to bar crawls. Prices vary by tour type, so visit the Las Vegas Tourism Board's website for more information.
Travelers say it's best to visit the Strip at night to see all the casinos and attractions light up in the desert. You can wander the Strip any time of day or night, but note that individual businesses feature their own operating hours. Be mindful of your surroundings (and your wallet) after dark – the last thing you want is to lose your winnings to a pickpocket.
Bellagio Casino and Fountains
This Strip staple offers plenty of ways to lay your money on the line, from table games and slot machines to a race and sports book. This is also the choice casino among many high-rollers due to its high-stakes tables. What's more, this casino hosts the World Poker Tour, among other tournaments.
But there's more to the Bellagio than the casino floor. Even those who don't gamble praise the Bellagio for its upscale atmosphere and variety of amenities and attractions.
Anyone who's seen a movie set in Vegas will recognize the Bellagio's massive fountains: Every 15 to 30 minutes, those walking past the Bellagio are treated to a complimentary light and water show with the fountain's jets shooting water into the air during intricately choreographed "dances."
You'll also find a fine art gallery as well as botanical gardens within the Bellagio – not to mention a luxury hotel, several restaurants, Cirque du Soleil's "O" show, a spa and numerous nightlife venues.
You don't have to pay to walk around the Bellagio or to enjoy its fountain show, but you'll need some cash for the restaurants, bars and shops. The Bellagio is open to visitors 24 hours a day.