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.
By far the most famous attraction at the Mirage Hotel is its Volcano. It's the closest it could be to a real volcano. Amidst three acres (1.2 hectares) of water, the volcano comes to life several times every night. It shoots up 54 feet (16.4 meters), spraying smoke and fire. The water below is transformed into streams of "molten lava" as tribal music rounds out the whole experience. Admission is free of charge.
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 New York-New York Hotel & Casino has wonderfully imitated the city of New York. This roller coaster takes you for a joyride past replicas of Big Apple landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Speeding up to 67 miles per hour (108 km per hour), the ride's high point culminates in a 203-foot (62m) drop. The hotel also offers packages, which include unlimited rides, souvenir T-shirts, food, drinks, and clown dolls. As for the experience - it's absolutely dizzying!
People will get to visit their favorite stars at the Las Vegas Walk of Stars while waling along the Strip. The first individual to have his star was Wayne Newton also known as Mr. Las Vegas. It will be similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that is located in Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. Each star is a three foot square and in polished granite. Ultimately they are hoping that as many as 3000 stars will be be placed here.
Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel was a celebrity gangster who is believed to be one of the founding fathers of Sin City, Las Vegas. The gangster had invested tremendous amount of time, money into designing and building the Flamingo Hotel, the first of its kind in Las Vegas. After much fanfare, the hotel and casino opened in December of 1946 and shut down soon after a month, only to reopen in March of 1947, this time able to make a profit. But Bugsy could not live long to see the success of his venture and was soon shot and killed in Beverly Hills by an unknown assailant. Recognizing his contributions, the hotel has forever memorialized him in a simple stone pillar, bearing a plaque with his details that stands behind the resort’s flamingo habitat and waterfalls.
See Las Vegas from high in the sky as you are catapulted into the air at 45-mph, 160-ft. to the top of the Stratosphere Tower. Each ticket for the exhilarating ride costs 25USD and it includes a trip to the observation deck which provides 360º views around town. If you are guest at the Stratosphere and a thrill seeker, you can enjoy heartstopping g-forces as much as you want for the nominal 5USD. Overall, the attraction is a fun one, as long as you haven't visited the buffet tables or bar before you ride.