The Las Vegas Strip

The Las Vegas Strip is the beating heart of the city and is where most of the casinos and night entertainment spots can be found.

The strip is about 4 miles long and each and every building on there is either a hotel, a casino, a high end shop, fine dining restaurant or high end bar or nightclub. In the world list of the 25 largest hotels in the world, 14 of them are located here and have a total of 62,000 rooms between them.

No one knows the exact number, but it is believed that the city has the highest concentration of lights in the world and it can clearly be seen with the naked eye at night from the International Space Station.

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One of the most iconic things that you will see in the city is the “Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas” sign, which was constructed in 1959. At that time, it was 4.5 miles outside the edge of the city, but Las Vegas has grown much since then and it is now only 0.4 miles from the entrance to the Mandalay Bay casino.

The first casino to built on the strip was the El Rancho in 1941 but it was destroyed by a fire in 1960. By then the mafia had taken a very keen interest in building casinos because it was a very convenient way to disguise money laundering activities from crime.

The iconic Caesars Palace was opened in 1969 with 1,512 rooms. Another big name in Vegas is the MGM Grand, which opened in 1973 with 3,200 rooms.

The first of the new generation casinos to open was the Mirage in 1989, followed by the Rio and the Excalibur in 1990. These were not only casinos, but filly integrated hotels and entertainment centers and resorts aimed at attracting families.

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