South of The Strip
Why not begin your tour at the beginning, at the southern end of The Strip, by visiting one of Sin City's main icons: the famous billboard that boasts Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!
The Luxor (3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., www.luxor.com) is impossible to miss, with the colossal, ostentatious blue-eyed sphinx that guards its imposing black glass pyramid. Once night has fallen, the sphinx seems to be swathed in a halo of mysterious energy.
One of Las Vegas' loudest attractions, New York-New York (3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., www.nynyhotelcasino.com) may be the best of the city's theme casinos, with its small but nonetheless impressive replicas of the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building and the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Central StripParis Las Vegas (3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., www.caesars.com/paris/lasvegas) is exactly what you expect: a tribute to the City of Lights. The casino is impossible to miss with the replica of the Eiffel Tower that graces the building with its characteristic silhouette.
The Bellagio (3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., www.bellagio.com) evokes its namesake, an Italian village located on the shores Lake Como. Don't miss the Fountain of Bellagio, with its choreographed water jets: set to ten different musical themes, they are sure to impress.
The Venetian (3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., www.venetian.com) brings another taste of Italy to Las Vegas. This elegant establishment features a bridge that spans a waterway dotted with gondolas, setting the scene for its ornate arches that perfectly evoke Venice's lovely architecture.
The Mirage (3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., www.mirage.com) features special effects that rival almost any of those found in Hollywood, including a volcano that erupts after nightfall and never fails to attract incredulous onlookers who scratch their heads in wonder at this stunning sight.
East of The Strip
The Hard Rock Hotel (4455 Paradise Rd., www.hardrockhotel.com), a veritable rock 'n' roll museum, is a mandatory stop for any music fan. Derived from the Hard Rock Café chain, the Hard Rock Hotel prides itself on being the first establishment of its kind devoted to rock stars.
When the large theme casinos first started appearing on The Strip in 1990, the downtown area (the Fremont district) fell to the wayside. However, it experienced a new surge of activity in 1995 when $70 million were invested in the neighbourhood to create the Fremont Street Experience (www.vegasexperience.com).