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The spectacular Strip is synonymous with the city of Las Vegas, a world unto itself where anything is possible. The success of a single casino in 1941 laid the seeds for what would eventually become the extraordinary and unparalleled Las Vegas Strip, a cultural phenomenon that attracted legendary musicians, top-notch hoteliers and a whole host of colorful characters, their stories interwoven into the very fabric of the city. This stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard is bejeweled with luxury hotels the likes of which are found nowhere else, entertainment venues that host some of the world's top acts, and attractions that run the gamut from the dancing fountains of the Bellagio to the dazzling lights of the Fremont Street Experience. Here, it's possible to enjoy a gondola ride down Venetian canals, tour the amazonian forests and admire the Eiffel Tower in a single day; a replica of some of the world's wonders packed into a single street. The Strip's 30 odd casinos are a whirlwind of flashing lights where time holds no sway and fortunes are won with the roll of a dice or the spin of a wheel, while world-renown restaurants, shopping centers, nightclubs and arenas vie for attention too. So grand is the spectacle, that the Strip is clearly visible from the sky, its glimmering facades, brilliant lights and distinctive architecture unmistakable as anything else.
A visual water symphony choreographed to music provides an unforgettable welcome to the Bellagio Hotel Casino. The water jets span more than 1000 feet (304 meters) and can shoot up to 250 feet (76 meters) in the air while seeming to dance to choreographed lights and romantic classical music. It is a spectacular sight and one worth taking the time to view while strolling along the boulevard. Be sure to bring a camera as this is one of Vegas' best attractions - and it's free! The magic happens every 30 minutes until 8 PM, after which shows are every 15 minutes. Please note that shows may stray from this schedule due to the weather.
Are you in Paris or Las Vegas? Ride to the peak of the 46-story replica of the Eiffel Tower in the glass elevators and you'll find you're in both places at once! At the observation deck on top, you will behold a breathtaking view of the Las Vegas Strip from 540 feet (165 meters) up. The 11th-floor Eiffel Tower Restaurant is formal dining at its finest; reservations are necessary. Tickets are available at the Tower.
This collection is impressive even to those who have visited larger museums in New York and Europe. On display are sculptures and paintings from late 19th- and 20th-century artists, including original works by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and other European masters. The tour is best appreciated when the audio headphones are used, which are included with admission. Reservations are necessary, as this is a very popular attraction.
If you enjoy antiques or if you are an automobile buff, this is one attraction you don't want to miss. Housed inside the LINQ Hotel & Casino, you will find Johnny Carson's 1939 Chrysler Royal Sedan and President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 Lincoln Continental Towne Limousine among the collection. More than 250 vehicles are housed here and you learn about their history on a self-guided tour. Find the perfect gift at the museum gift shop.
The High Roller is certainly high! At 550 feet (167.6 meters) tall, this is one of the largest observation wheels in the world. Step into an enclosed glass cabin and enjoy a view of The Strip like no other. One trip takes about 30 minutes, ensuring that you'll have plenty of time to take photos from every angle. Each cabin can hold up to 40 people, so bring along your friends and enjoy the view. Prices change depending on the time of day, so check the website for more details.
O solo mio! You will be the recipient of a vocal performance as your personal gondolier (trained by masters in Venice, Italy) takes you on a trip you will never forget. These gondolas navigate the canals that run through the Grand Canal Shoppes located at the Venetian Hotel Casino. Reservations are required if you want a singing gondolier to take you on your journey.
This museum features over 100 hands-on interactive exhibits dealing with the arts, sciences, nature, music, and humanities. Among its many worthwhile exhibits are Eco City, Toddler Town, and Water World. All of this in 22,000 square feet (929 square meters) of exhibit space! The Discovery Childrens' Museum is located close to Cashman Field, which is in the Cultural Corridor
Springs Preserve, located about three miles (five kilometers) west of Downtown Las Vegas, is a natural park and cultural center devoted to commemorating the history of Las Vegas and promoting sustainability. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it's filled with desert botanical gardens, museum galleries, outdoor concerts and events, an indoor theater, a historic photo gallery, wildlife exhibitions, and plenty of walking trails. Lectures and classes are offered on topics such as cooking, arts & crafts, bird watching, cultural studies, archaeology, and sustainability.
The Fremont Street area of Las Vegas is located downtown, north of the famed Vegas Strip. Here you will find Las Vegas' original strip with classic casinos, hotels, restaurants, and shopping. To attract more tourists away from The Strip, the Fremont Street Experience was created. The massive entertainment venue is home to Viva Vision, the spectacular light and music show. Using over 12.5 million lights projecting onto a 500-yard-long (457-meter-long) canopy 90 feet (27 meters) above the ground and a 550,000 watt sound system, it truly makes Fremont Street a prime attraction. Shows are free and play every night, making your time on Fremont Street all the more exciting. Keep your head and do not miss the famed Vegas Vic, the neon sign that looks like a cowboy. Made in 1951, the sign has ruled over Fremont Street since it was put up.
The Mob Museum is located in what used to be a courthouse. Built in 1933, it was one of the 14 courthouses in the nation to hold the Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime. This makes it a perfect backdrop for The Mob Museum, an authentic view of the mob's impact on Las Vegas history. The Mob Museum presents the story from the perspective of both the organized crime syndicate and law enforcement. Visitors get to be part of the action through theater presentations and interactive environments. Visitors can shoot a simulated Tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes, and take part in FBI weapons training. The museum can also be booked for private events.
In a city famous for lights, it is nice to honor the old neon signs. This museum is located in downtown Las Vegas and though it is open all day, it is best viewed at night. See the Caesar's Palace sign in its full-color splendor, and catch a glimpse of the horse and rider from the old Hacienda Hotel. The museum often adds new items to this marvelous collection. Entrance is available as part of a guided tour only. Purchase tickets early for the later tours as they fill up quickly.