Las Vegas Stories and Tips

Doing the Strip

Las Vegas Strip at Night Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada

Great as the time share is, you don’t want to spend the whole week in your room. You need to do The Strip.

Some of the places on The Strip are legends. Some are new, and their history is yet to be made. Some have passed from history with progress and changing times. It’s about three miles from the north end of The Strip to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the south end. A stroll the length of The Strip takes it all in and also makes for a good work out.

Any visitor will need to stop by the Riviera and reflect on the legion of personalities who graced this landmark for fifty years. Stop by the lobby and follow the gallery of entertainment giants pictured on the wall. Times have since moved on, and many of these names are no more. Follow The Strip further south where development continues and newcomers are making their own names.

Demolition and reconstruction are taking place to the north, where the Las Vegas Strip made its history. Further south the street enters the twenty-first century with technology of the new millennium and a higher level of glitz. Stories-tall video displays advertise merchandise and entertainment. Erotica is a constant appeal, and the electronic billboards push the constraints of social acceptability.

It’s not to say The Strip is not family friendly. Take the kiddos to see the Treasure Island show. Getting a view there requires staking out a spot on the sidewalk in advance. The water shows in front of the Bellagio are a delight for the entire family. There is a new show every fifteen minutes during the evenings, with a seemingly endless variation of themes.

Maybe you don’t want to take the young ones to M&M’s World. As the name suggests, it’s 28,000 square feet of the good stuff stacked four stories high. Besides the sweets, there’s an encyclopedia of M&M merchandise, including cups, stuffed toys, clothing, and even a race car. One room has a wall lined with hoppers to dispense 28 colors of M&Ms. Bring a suitcase and load up.

During the day, when the lights on the strip have dimmed, wander over to the Sahara and check out the roller coaster that shoots out of the building and takes some spectacular loops before retracing its path. Lay off the M&Ms before you climb aboard.

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