Las Vegas Boulevard, better known as “The Strip,” is by far the most popular part of the city, where the majority of locals come to work every day and 80 percent of tourists stay during their trip.
There are three sections of The Strip: the southern, middle and northern areas. Before booking your room, it might be a good idea to check out where certain hotels, casinos and attractions are located — especially if you’re interested in doing some walking around.
If you’re just arriving to Vegas from McCarran International Airport, you’ll drive through the south end of The Strip first.
The south end starts just outside of McCarran and ends just past Tropicana Avenue. Popular hotels, casinos and malls like Mandalay Bay and Luxor greet tourists when first entering the south end of the Strip. Right at Tropicana, before entering into the busy mid-strip area, New York-New York, MGM Grand, Excalibur and Tropicana dominate the corner.
Nearby sit the Monte Carlo and Hooters. Wild Wild West and Orleans are nestled next to each other on Tropicana, about a mile away, and several economy motels and inns are scattered throughout the south end area, just off The Strip.
At the mid-strip area, where the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas tourists meets the heaviest traffic in the city, The Strip becomes a congested thoroughfare riddled with world-famous hotels and casinos. Approaching Flamingo Road, Planet Hollywood and Paris, Bally’s and the Bellagio are a pleasant sight in the night sky.
The historic Flamingo hotel and Caesar’s Palace sit just north of Flamingo and, combined with the others, give Vegas its notorious neon glow. Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, Imperial Palace, Harrah’s, The Mirage, Treasure Island, The Venitian and Wynn Las Vegas all line the mid-section of The Strip; while The Palms and Rio are nestled nearby on Flamingo, about a mile off.
The northern end of The Strip is home to popular favorites like Circus Circus, The Rivera, Sahara, Trump Hotel and the Stratosphere. And the Hard Rock Hotel, although just east of The Strip, is definitely not one to forget about while visiting Las Vegas.