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If you have extra time, Caesars Palace Casino and The Forum Shops is worthwhile.

#1

#1 in Las Vegas

Local Pick: Must-see ? Free
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
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Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
The Strip
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
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#2 in Las Vegas

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This Strip staple offers plenty of ways to lay your money on the line, from table games and slot machines to a race and sports book. This is also the choice casino among many high-rollers due to its high-stakes tables. What's more, this casino hosts the World Poker Tour, among other tournaments. 
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Casinos Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Bellagio Casino and Fountains
This Strip staple offers plenty of ways to lay your money on the line, from table games and slot machines to a race and sports book. This is also the choice casino among many high-rollers due to its high-stakes tables. What's more, this casino hosts the World Poker Tour, among other tournaments. 
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#7 in Las Vegas

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A staple of the Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace has been welcoming visitors to Sin City since the 1960s. Since then, it has made an appearance in such popular films as "Rain Man," "Showgirls," "Iron Man" and "The Hangover." Those who choose to gamble at Caesars will find themselves in ancient Rome, with massive columns and frescoes paying tribute to the casino's namesake. Those who prefer to use their money in other ways can make their way to The Forum Shops - home to about 160 specialty stores, the newly revamped Fall of Atlantis animatronic show and a 50,000-gallon aquarium. 
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Casinos Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Caesars Palace Casino and The Forum Shops
A staple of the Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace has been welcoming visitors to Sin City since the 1960s. Since then, it has made an appearance in such popular films as "Rain Man," "Showgirls," "Iron Man" and "The Hangover." Those who choose to gamble at Caesars will find themselves in ancient Rome, with massive columns and frescoes paying tribute to the casino's namesake. Those who prefer to use their money in other ways can make their way to The Forum Shops - home to about 160 specialty stores, the newly revamped Fall of Atlantis animatronic show and a 50,000-gallon aquarium. 
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#10 in Las Vegas

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Fremont Street used to be dominated by classic but less-frequented casinos that seemed past their prime. But now, this section of downtown Las Vegas is once again ready to compete with the Strip for visitors' attention.
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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Fremont Street
Fremont Street used to be dominated by classic but less-frequented casinos that seemed past their prime. But now, this section of downtown Las Vegas is once again ready to compete with the Strip for visitors' attention.
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#11 in Las Vegas

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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.
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Casinos Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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.
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#12

#12 in Las Vegas

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Sure, this towering gold building at the southern end of the Strip boasts all the slots, poker and game tables you want in a Sin City venue, not to mention a variety of restaurants and nightlife venues. (Plus, it's home to the House of Blues Music Hall and plays host to "Michael Jackson ONE," Cirque du Soleil's tribute to the 80s pop icon.) But Mandalay Bay doesn't exude the same level of kitsch found at other casinos along Las Vegas Boulevard – a major selling point for more laid-back travelers. In fact, this is the place you go if you're looking for an escape.
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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Mandalay Bay Casino, Aquarium and Beach
Sure, this towering gold building at the southern end of the Strip boasts all the slots, poker and game tables you want in a Sin City venue, not to mention a variety of restaurants and nightlife venues. (Plus, it's home to the House of Blues Music Hall and plays host to "Michael Jackson ONE," Cirque du Soleil's tribute to the 80s pop icon.) But Mandalay Bay doesn't exude the same level of kitsch found at other casinos along Las Vegas Boulevard – a major selling point for more laid-back travelers. In fact, this is the place you go if you're looking for an escape.
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#13

#13 in Las Vegas

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Though it may not be quite as timeless as the actual City of Lights, Sin City's (rather kitschy) take on Paris is one of the Strip's most popular occupants. The property offers a whirlwind tour of the French capital's most iconic sights: You'll find a replica of the Arc de Triomphe, decor reminiscent of the Paris Opera and the Louvre, and the pièce de résistance – a 46 story, half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower. For $16 or $22 (depending on whether you visit during the day or at night), you can take in the 360-degree views from the tower's observation deck. 
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Casinos Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Paris, Las Vegas and the Eiffel Tower Experience
Though it may not be quite as timeless as the actual City of Lights, Sin City's (rather kitschy) take on Paris is one of the Strip's most popular occupants. The property offers a whirlwind tour of the French capital's most iconic sights: You'll find a replica of the Arc de Triomphe, decor reminiscent of the Paris Opera and the Louvre, and the pièce de résistance – a 46 story, half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower. For $16 or $22 (depending on whether you visit during the day or at night), you can take in the 360-degree views from the tower's observation deck. 
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#14

#14 in Las Vegas

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You may recognize this Polynesian-themed casino hotel as one of the three establishments robbed by Danny Ocean and his crew in the 2001 remake of the film "Ocean's Eleven." In addition to its Hollywood credits, The Mirage has earned a reputation among frequent Vegas visitors as one of the best places to gamble along the Strip for high rollers and thrifty betters alike. 
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Casinos Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
The Mirage Casino and Volcano
You may recognize this Polynesian-themed casino hotel as one of the three establishments robbed by Danny Ocean and his crew in the 2001 remake of the film "Ocean's Eleven." In addition to its Hollywood credits, The Mirage has earned a reputation among frequent Vegas visitors as one of the best places to gamble along the Strip for high rollers and thrifty betters alike. 
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#15 in Las Vegas

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Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

#17

#17 in Las Vegas

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You won't have any trouble finding New York-New York: Its faux-Manhattan skyline – complete with scale models of famous Big Apple attractions like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge – occupies almost a full block of the Strip. Sitting across the street from the MGM Grand, New York-New York recreates the Gotham experience in true Vegas fashion, boasting a New York-style pizzeria, several bars and a variety of shops.
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Casinos Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
New York-New York and the Big Apple Rollercoaster
You won't have any trouble finding New York-New York: Its faux-Manhattan skyline – complete with scale models of famous Big Apple attractions like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge – occupies almost a full block of the Strip. Sitting across the street from the MGM Grand, New York-New York recreates the Gotham experience in true Vegas fashion, boasting a New York-style pizzeria, several bars and a variety of shops.
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#18 in Las Vegas

Local Pick: If Time Allows ? Free
It only makes sense that a city devoted to entertainment would feature a casino hotel devoted to the entertainment industry. The facility  which sits mid-Strip across from New York-New York at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue  hosts a variety of performances ranging from big-name concerts to sporting events to Cirque du Soleil's "KÀ." It is also the partner to the nearby T-Mobile Arena which hosts large-scale events, such as the Billboard Music Awards. 
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Casinos Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
MGM Grand Casino
It only makes sense that a city devoted to entertainment would feature a casino hotel devoted to the entertainment industry. The facility  which sits mid-Strip across from New York-New York at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue  hosts a variety of performances ranging from big-name concerts to sporting events to Cirque du Soleil's "KÀ." It is also the partner to the nearby T-Mobile Arena which hosts large-scale events, such as the Billboard Music Awards. 
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