How It's Built: Las Vegas Strip
When you think of a city of all things fun, Las Vegas is the first thing that comes to mind. A definite bucket list place, full of exciting things to do, see shows and spectacles, enjoy scream-worthy rides, visit must-see exhibits, amazing restaurants, and casinos that are guaranteed to make you have a great visit to the strip (maybe just with less money in your pocket unless you're lucky!). There is no one spot that makes the strip “the” place to be, over the years the strip has continued to develop, having a spot for everyone to enjoy.
Where is the Strip in Nevada?
The Las Vegas Strip is located on a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South in Clark County, Nevada. The strip is the most recognizable street in Las Vegas for all its famous hotels and casinos, making it one of the most visited and photographed avenues in the world. The Strip is 4.2 miles long and runs from Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere. It would usually take someone 90 minutes to walk the entirety of the strip, and that is without stopping, which is very hard to do with the eye-catching buildings and attractions.
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What is on the Vegas Strip?
With so many things to do and see on Las Vegas's most iconic street known for its resort hotels and casinos, it can be difficult to know where to start. The Strip is home to approximately 30 casinos, the oldest of which is Flamingo Las Vegas, previously known as The Fabulous Flamingo when opened in 1946. The hotel and casino was the third resort built on the Strip but is now the oldest one remaining. The Strip is also home to many recreations of popular world attractions such as Paris Las Vegas, The Venetian Las Vegas, New York-New York, and Luxor Las Vegas.
Building the Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip was founded by Tommy Hull a businessman who was granted a license to build a casino in Las Vegas. He built the El Rancho in 1941 which was the first hotel-casino in the city. El Rancho was built in the area that came to be known as the Vegas Strip and it was Hull’s success that brought many other businessmen to Las Vegas to build many hotel casinos.
Building the Bellagio
If you’ve ever seen the Ocean’s series then you’ve heard of the Bellagio. Bellagio is a resort, luxury hotel, and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The Bellagio is owned by The Blackstone Group and operated by MGM Resorts International. It was built on the site of the demolished Dunes hotel and casino. The hotel and casino are inspired by the Lake Como town of Bellagio in Italy and are now known worldwide for their elegance. An absolutely free way to enjoy part of this hotel's elegance is by watching The Fountains of Bellagio. The fountains have been described as the ballet of dancing fountains that are beautifully choreographed to music and lights. The hotel/casino was opened in October of 1998, has 3,950 rooms, and has 116,000 sq ft of gaming space. If you are a serious poker player then you are probably more keen to play at the Bellagio poker room. Also known as “The Office”, the Bellagio poker room is home to high stake games that reportedly can far exceed $1 million. When you are not spending time in the casino there is also many delicious restaurants to dine at as well as many luxury stores to browse in. With all these amazing features it is no surprise that this luxury hotel and casino had a total construction cost of $1.6 billion!