Look Up, Las Vegas! A Walking Tour of the Las Vegas Strip
There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. This walking tour of the Las Vegas Strip from walkthetown.com is ready to explore when you are. Each walking tour describes historical, architectural landmarks, cultural sites and ecclesiastic touchstones and provides step-by-step directions. More
There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. Whether you are preparing for a road trip or just out to look at your own town in a new way, a downloadable walking tour is ready to explore when you are.
Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streets.
When gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931 there were no paved streets and not a single traffic light. Today there are 122 licensed casinos open for play in town. Most of the gaming houses were originally built along Fremont Street (the street that got that first stop light and the initial thin layer of macadam). You can still play in the casino that received the first Las Vegas gaming license - the Northern Club that operates today as La Bayou. Other landmark casinos on Fremont Street include the Golden Nugget and Binion’s Horseshoe where the World Series of Poker was born.
In 1941 casinos began drifting out of town onto Highway 91 in an unincorporated community called Paradise. In time the road would become Las Vegas Boulevard and known around the world as The Strip. Most of the pioneering casinos on The Strip have been imploded but you can still gamble in heritage properties like the Tropicana and the Riviera. The Flamingo, the brainchild of mobster Bugsy Siegel, was the third casino to open on The Strip in 1946 and is the oldest resort still in operation on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Caesar’s Palace opened in 1960s as the first grand casino to break out of the motel-style casino mold and it reigned as the face of the Las Vegas Strip for decades. Evel Knievel jumped over fountains in the parking lot, Grand Prix drivers raced around the grounds and world championship boxing titles were decided at Caesar’s.
In 1989 Steve Wynn upped the ante with The Mirage that took Vegas upscale and the resorts grew bigger and more extravagant. Today nine of the ten largest hotels in America are in Las Vegas, and 25 of the country’s 32 biggest are in the city. The biggest of the big is the MGM Grand with nearly 8,000 rooms.
Today there are 29 casinos on The Strip. We will see them all and then take the monorail back to where we started. And like it does for everyone coming into Vegas by air we will see first...