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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. As evening sets in, the lit up fountain is a sight to behold. 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.
With a scale as high as 550 feet (167.6 meters) tall, the vivacious High Roller is one of the largest observational wheels in the world. An extravagant circular bend dominating the brimming Strip, this gigantic Ferris wheel is a spectacular engineering feat. Complete with 28 cabins, this observation wheel offers breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Valley. A spectacular adornment to the LINQ, the High Roller seems to blend in with the increasingly jubilant, iridescent and charismatic landscape of the city. Soaring as if to reach the skies, it is especially a stunning sight when lit up at night. The sweeping High Roller is an embodiment of Las Vegas' vibrant spirit.
Established in 1942, Little Church Of The West is the oldest wedding chapel in Las Vegas as well as the oldest building on the Strip. It is also perhaps the most charming, with a romantically rustic wooden construction. The list of famous celebrities who have been married here is extensive. It began with Betty Grable and Harry James, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and more recently Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere. Even Elvis and Ann Margaret tied the knot on the silver screen here in the final scene from Viva Las Vegas. In 1992, the National Register of Historic Places placed it on its list in 1992.
The iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign was created in 1959. The sign has changed its located on Las Vegas Boulevard many times as the city limits have increased. The back of the sign reads "Drive Carefully and Come Back Soon." Today, the sign is located in the center island of this famous boulevard, just south of Russel Road. Many regard it the last sight they will take in of Las Vegas on their way out of the city.
The Las Vegas Arts District is a registered non-profit dedicated to promoting culture and entertainment in the area. A group of dedicated volunteers keeps this organization afloat, organizing special events, performances and gallery openings throughout the year. The district's alternate title, 18b, refers to the district's 18 blocks, set aside specifically for arts entertainment and education.
Vegas Vic, the huge neon fixture above Fremont Street in Las Vegas, is almost a mascot for Las Vegas. Installed in 1951, as a display of The Pioneer Club, the neon cowboy was a mechanical wonder, waving his hand and inviting people in with his iconic "Howdy Podner". Towering to about 40 feet (12 meters) high Vegas Vic is considered to be one of the greatest mechanized neon sign in the United States. The iconic signboard later inspired other two neon cowboys, River Rick, at Pioneer Hotel & Casino and Wendover Wick of the Stateline Casino. Come on over and say hello to Las Vegas's very own Vic!
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.