The Strip#1 in Best Things To Do in Las Vegas
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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 (especially if you're taking a guided tour of the Strip). 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. For recommendations on where to stay along the Strip, check out our list of the Best Hotels in Las Vegas.
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#2 The Venetian Casino and Grand Canal
Why spend the money to cross the Atlantic when you can get a decent taste of Italy right in Vegas? Nestled along the Strip, The Venetian replicates the highlights of Venice, complete with gondola rides along the Grand Canal. Visitors can get a taste of what life is like in the Queen of the Adriatic thanks to The Venetian's Streetmosphere program: singers, stilt walkers and "living statues" recreate the typical scene you'd likely encounter in the real Venice for those who opt to spend the day perusing the wares in the Grand Canal Shoppes.
For $29 per person, you can take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal anytime between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; on Friday and Saturday, gondola rides are offered until midnight. Some recent visitors said they found the rides to be overpriced, but said the atmosphere was romantic.
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