The Las Vegas Strip is one of the most famous tourist landmarks in the United States, with the Strip being the main thoroughfare. It has been the site of many famous Hollywood movies, including the Ocean’s Eleven Trilogy with George Clooney. This 4.2 mile (6.7 km) road is actually divided into three main parts, the north, middle, and south part, each with its own quirks and attractions intended to get your attention. Let’s take a look at the South Strip in closer detail, and see what attractions it has to offer us.
New York is a city that is located on the East Coast, and is one of the most visited cities in the US. The New York-New York Hotel aims to capture the essence of the city, and tries to incorporate some of the most iconic scenes in one location on the strip. You’ll discover many forms of entertainment here, from the delicious burgers at Shake Shack, to Hershey’s Chocolate World, to the iconic Big Apple Coaster that takes you in and around the outside of the hotel through loop-de-loops in the span of a minute. Don’t worry though, you don’t need to ride on the rollercoaster to see the scaled down landmarks from the real city of New York: the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and of course, the skyscrapers. Want to watch a show? A unique Cirque du Soleil performance is housed within New York-New York called Zumanity. It’s the only adult-exclusive Cirque show on the strip, and if you’re lucky, you can get cheaper tickets at the Half Price Booth (Tix4Tonight) located nearby.
Two blocks south of the New York-New York is the Luxor, an Egyptian themed hotel, and once you cross over the walkway, you’ll see why. It’s a big pyramid in the middle of the South Strip, and in the evening, a bright beam of light shines towards the skies, visible from wherever you are in the Strip. Inside the hotel, you have various attractions, such as Bodies The Exhibition. Don’t like the macabre, and craving for something older and more iconic? Titanic the Exhibition may be for you. Featuring artifacts from the Titanic, with an excellent souvenir shop at the end, the Titanic Exhibition is an interesting place to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip.
Mandalay Bay is probably the southernmost iconic hotel located on the Strip. The large pool area is amazing, and is a great place to hang around, and of course, swim in. If soaking in the sun and hanging out with your newfound friends at the pool area is not your thing, then why not try to see the creatures that live in the water? Head over to the Shark Reef Aquarium, a big aquarium housing sharks, sting rays, dolphins, and many more. There are daily informational shows, and a chance to interact with these magnificent creatures of the sea. If you’re lucky enough, you may see brave divers in the Shark Aquarium who are friendly enough to wave at you through the window.
If you’re tired of walking around these areas, there is a tram that connects them to each other, which is a great, less tiring way to see these hotels and attractions. Best of all, it’s FREE!
Vegas glitz and glamour on the Strip
The South Strip of Las Vegas is an iconic landmark that contains many fun and exciting adventures to try, starting with the exhilarating Big Apple Coaster at the New York-New York Hotel. After you grab a bite at the burger joint Shake Shack, head on over to Luxor to get a glimpse of some interesting exhibits, and to see the massive, pyramid-shaped hotel. Take the free tram to Mandalay Bay, and visit the Shark Reef Aquarium for an up close look at some of nature’s most interesting species. The power of Vegas lies in its ability to overwhelm you with a flurry of bright lights, energy, and moving bodies. The Strip is far more than a tourist attraction: it is a unique experience in which you temporarily suspend real life and embrace the wild, unpredictable beauty of Las Vegas.
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