This post is a walking tour of the sites along the Las Vegas strip, and suggest a shorter walking tour you might find fun to take.
WALKING THE LAS VEGAS STRIP
When looking at doing a walking tour of the Las Vegas Strip, a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, it’s important to know a few things.
The Strip is four miles long, the hotels are much larger and further apart than they seem, and it’s at times oppressively hot in Vegas.
Note that taking a taxi between locations is not unusual and they can easily be grabbed outside of each major hotel entrance or out on the Boulevard.
There are also buses running the Boulevard, and there’s a Monorail running from the MGM Grand to the Sahara hotels on one side of the Strip.
So no pressure if you can’t walk the entire Strip in one go. Take your time, take advantage of transport, and really take in all that Vegas has to offer.
It truly is a city that has something for everyone, day or night, and it’s impossible to visit and be bored.
Below are some of the more interesting offerings or activities (in addition to casinos) that can be found at each hotel along the way.
ON THE RIGHT, HEADING NORTH
1. The “Welcome to Las Vegas” Sign
Fun fact, the Welcome to Las Vegas sign isn’t even in Las Vegas. It’s a mile beyond one of the first big name hotels on the Strip.
But because the sign is basically the unofficial logo for Las Vegas, it’s worth catching a ride over there to snap pictures in front of.
2. The Little Church of the West
This church within walking distance of the Las Vegas sign is the oldest wedding chapel in Vegas.
It’s been around since 1942 and is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
It has managed to retain its exact look since the beginning, despite the changing landscape around it, and the fact that the structure itself was moved three times.
Famous folks who have gotten married there include Richard Gere & Cindy Crawford, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Judy Garland, and Mickey Rooney.
It also makes an appearance in Elvis’ movie Viva Las Vegas.
One of the older hotels on the Strip, it features in a number of movies (including Diamonds are Forever and Viva Las Vegas).
Activities there include an escape room, a family fun center and family sports station with arcade games, and an IMAX theater.
4. MGM Grand
The MGM Grand is one the largest hotels in the world. It has also featured in movies such as Ocean’s 11 and Casino.
Activities include a 6.6 acre pool complex including a lazy river you can ride in a tube, a comedy club, and the Cirque du Soleil show Ka.
There is also a 17,000 seat arena for sporting events and concerts, The David Copperfield club/show, Brad Garret’s Comedy Club, an interactive Hunger Games exhibit, and a number of nightclubs and bars.
5. Planet Hollywood
Built in the busiest area of the Strip, this hotel has restaurants, a nightclub, and a theater that pulls A-List talent (singers, comedians, magic shows, etc).
What brings a lot of people to the location are the Miracle Mile Shops, one of the largest shopping malls in Vegas.
You can find all the usual brand name stores, bars and restaurants, and even mechanical bull riding.
It also has Vegas the Show, a beloved musical about the history of Las Vegas that’s been playing for 20 years.
In addition to the usual bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, Paris has a colonnade of shops set in what looks like a Parisian Village, with cobblestone streets and a ceiling painted to look like the sky.
There’s also a wedding chapel, a 100-foot-tall version of the Arc de Triomphe, and, of course, a half-scale version of the Eiffel Tower.
You can ride it up 46 stories to an observation deck and get a fantastic view of Las Vegas.
Ballys has the usual: a casino, shops, a pool, a lounge, and shows.
Just opened in July 2022 are the Cabinet of Curiosities, an interactive bar with exhibits that inspire…. curiosity, and The Lock speakeasy, reached after you find the locksmith and solve some puzzles.
8. The Cromwell
This small boutique hotel has luxurious accommodations and Parisian design.
It’s got a rooftop club that pulls top DJs and performing artists, a rooftop beach club, a restaurant by Giana De Laurentis.
The third hotel opened on the Strip (by none other than Bugsy Siegel, the mobster who developed the Strip), is the Flamingo.
In 2018 it was renovated in a pink and gold theme.
Its theater pulled artists such as Judy Garland and Ray Charles in the distant past, and Donny and Marie more recently, a show that sold over 9 million tickets.
Living on the grounds are a flock of Chilean flamingos as well as some other wildlife.
There are also swimming pools, including Go Pool (a dayclub with DJs and entertainment), a Flamingo Beach Club Pool, and a family-friendly pool with waterfalls, a water slide, a lagoon, and large statues of flamingos around it.
10. The LINQ Hotel and Promenade
The LINQ hotel has all the usual things you expect from a hotel in Vegas, restaurants, a pool, a theater.
They have a few additional items though, like a Himalayan salt cave in their spa and an onsite tattoo parlor.
The LINQ Promenade sits outdoors between the LINQ and Flamingo hotels.
It’s 200,000 square feet of entertainment, shopping and dining, all overseen by one of the world’s tallest ferris wheels, The High Roller.
There’s also a zip line that runs you off of a 12 story tower at 35 miles per hour and over folks strolling the promenade.
The recently renovated Harrah’s brings a few additions to the Strip.
There’s Carnival Court, an outdoor day-and-nightclub, a sports bar with big comfy seating and dozens of large TVs, six restaurants, and “Big Elvis” (the man with a cult following who has been performing as Elvis for 40 years).
There’s also a new pedestrian sky bridge out front making it easier to cross the Strip to Caesars.
At the Venetian one can eat not just Italian foods but also Japanese and Greek.
It has the Aquatic Club pool which has a backdrop of electronic and hip-hop music.
There’s a theater that looks like the Paris Opera House, and two others that all pull some of the best performers in the city.
And there are the Grand Canal Shoppes, a luxury shopping mall with indoor canals.
You can hire a singing Gondolier to take you on a half a mile ride through the canals.
Connected to the Venetian is the upscale Palazzo.
This hotel and casino tends to have fewer people and be a bit more quiet than the Venetian.
There’s a 5-acre Balinese-inspired TAO Beach Dayclub in the Venetian Tower, a high end Chinese restaurant, and the Electra Cocktail Club, which has one of the largest collections of mezcal in Las Vegas.
Continuing on with the theme of luxury is the Wynn. It’s considered one of the best hotels in the US and often ranks a five star rating.
There are 10 fine dining restaurants, 12 lunch restaurants, and dozens and dozens of high end shops in the Wynn.
Their club pulls big name singers, comedians, and other performers.
They also have a multi-media show called Lake of Dreams, which includes a 90 foot waterfall and 5,500 LED lights and Le Rêve – The Dream, a stunning water show.
You also take food and wine related classes, visit their Soul Cycle location, or book in to play golf at the 18-hole championship Wynn golf club.
Also, if you need a Ferrari, the Wynn has the Penske-Wynn Ferrari-Masserati dealership on site.
The Encore is the sister hotel to Wynn and sits about a five minute walk away.
The two together share the biggest (and some would say most luxurious) casino in Vegas.
The rooms in the Encore are a bit larger than those of the Wynn, just in a smaller hotel.
ON THE LEFT, HEADING NORTH
This luxury hotel, part of the Mandalay Bay complex, focuses on personalized service.
Guests can take advantage of all of the activities at Mandalay Bay while residing in a more serene, higher end property.
In addition to its own restaurants, pool and spa, it has the Skyfall Lounge, a James Bond inspired 64th floor lounge with a famous bubble chandelier and a 180 degree view of LasVegas.
It also has a 126,000 pound, 150 million year old, nine foot tall boulder pulled from the Mojave desert and split in half, near the entrance.
2. Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay has a giant wave pool and lazy river, a shark reef aquarium, a beach club, loads of casual and high end restaurants, a nightclub, a daytime beach club, and an ice bar.
It also has a 12,000 seat sports and music arena, and is the home of ONE, the Michael Jackson show by Cirque du Soleil.
The Luxor is the giant black pyramid shaped hotel with a 110 foot replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza outside.
It also has the largest atrium in the world, at 30 stories high, and the strongest beam of light in the world, thanks to its Luxor Sky Beam that projects on the sky.
The Egyptian theme is carried throughout the hotel.
They have inclinators, sort of diagonal elevators that are able to travel up the steep incline of the building.
They also have a Titanic exhibit, Bodies… The Exhibition, a massive gaming lounge, shows with resident comedian Carrot Top and with the Blue Man Group.
This in-need-of-renovation hotel was built to look like a turreted castle, and named after King Arthur’s mythical sword.
The theme is carried throughout the common spaces.The rooms are small but brightly painted. There are four pools, two waterfalls and two water slides.
They also have several restaurants and bars, a food court, a Fun Dungeon arcade and games space, and a medieval-themed dinner show.
5. New York New York
You can’t help but know exactly which hotel and casino this is, with its impressive Manhattan-skyline-shaped-hotel, a 150 foot replica of the Statue of Liberty, a copy of the Brooklyn Bridge, and a Coney Island style roller coaster.
It has a pool (with cabana rentals), an Irish pub, a steakhouse, and loads of other casual food options.
It also has Village Street Eateries, made to look like a Greenwich Village street scene.
Entertainment options include Mad Apple by Cirque du Soleil, the Terry Fator celebrity-impersonation-filled dummy show, and a music venue called Brooklyn Bridge that has a great view of the Strip.
6. Park MGM
This recently renovated property has rooms that get high reviews.
Cool things include a massive tree across the ceiling of the lobby, loads of flowers displays, and water features.
It also has a nightclub designed around vinyl records and cassettes, one that includes karaoke rooms and a speakeasy.
There’s a Moroccan-inspired swimming pool (in addition to a few others), Italian and Korean restaurants (in addition to many others), and some big-name singers have put on nightly shows there.
Currently Usher is in residence.. The hotel also has a curated art collection, duckpin bowling.
The Park: New York New York and Park MGM are part of a six acre complex called The Park.
It also includes the T-Mobile Arena, a 20,000 seat indoor venue that is home to the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team, UFC events, boxing events, bull riding, basketball games, and broadcast award shows, and Toshiba Plaza, an impressive outdoor space with performance stages.
The beautifully designed ARIA hotel is one of MGM’s higher tier properties, sitting back a bit further from the Strip than the properties around it.
There’s an impact-making seasonally decorated lobby. The hotel has state of the art rooms, with lights and curtains and temperature controlled through a remote.
The dining options are more upscale, and include 16 restaurants, many bars and lounges, and a nightclub that pulls some of the best known DJs (along with celebrities).
It also has three swimming pools, an 80,000 square foot spa, and shopping options.
8. Waldorf Astoria
The Waldorf Astoria is one of the few hotels without a casino, likely the reason it's quieter than many of the other hotels.
It’s got an 8th floor pool deck with cabanas for rent. There are luxury branded shops to peruse.
It offers afternoon tea in its tea lounge, casual food at its Zen cafe, and dining at its Zen Kitchen. There is also a spa and fitness center.
And its most popular attraction is its 23rd floor Skybar with its view of the city center and beyond.
Vdara is another all-suites hotel, another which does not have gaming/gambling onsite.
There is a swimming pool, a lounge, a Starbucks, and a number of restaurants.
The design of this hotel is a treat for the eyes. There are immersive digital displays throughout that give it a high-tech and arty feel.
Additional design choices include a three-story bar surrounded by a chandelier and a wall lined with antique sewing machines.
It also has the 60,000 square foot Marquee Nightclub, one of the largest nightclubs in the country, the Marquee DayClub, a secret dining room at Jaleo by Jose Andreas, and a secret pizza place on the third floor.
The Opium Club puts on an adults-only sci-fi circus show and the Chelsea venue, which seats only 2,500 people, pulls well known performers into the intimate space.
The Bellagio sits squarely at the center of the action on the Strip, and is filled with interesting things that would keep your attention.
The 13,000 square foot Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, just off of the lobby, is a wonderland, decorated around themes and holidays throughout the year.
It also has a fine art gallery with works by Van Gogh and Andy Wharhol, and a lobby ceiling filled with over 2,000 Dale Cihuly glass flowers.
The show “O” by Cirque du Soleil takes place in a pool, and the Mayfair supper club brings you dinner and a modern burlesque show.
Most popular is the light show that takes place out front in the afternoon and evenings, with 1200 fountains going off in time to music.
12. Caesars Palace
Caesars Place has “Las Vegas' written all over it, with its Roman-themed-everything, a massive spa with Roman Baths, 160 specialty stores making up the Forum Shoppes, a live entertainment space called The Colosseum (where folks such as Adele and Sting are in residence), and a lounge inside Cleopatra's floating barge.
You may even run into a life-sized-replica of Michalangelo’s David. Or you could spend time out by one of the 7 column lined “Garden of the Gods' pools.
Nightlife could include time in the Vanderpump cocktail garden or the 75,000 square foot Omnia Nightclub.
This luxury hotel will be closing soon, taking with it the rainforest atrium, dolphin habitat, waterfalls, and volcano show.
In its place, sometime around 2025, will be a Guitar Hotel (literally a guitar shaped hotel), brought to you by the folks at Hard Rock International.
14. Treasure Island
No longer the pirate themed hotel of old, Treasure Island is a modern and stylish hotel.
Things to do there involve spending time at the pool or spa or eating and drinking at Gilley's Saloon or Señor Frog’s restaurant.
What really pulls people in is the entertainment. You can see Mystère by Cirque du Soleil, their longest running show, attend Señor Frog's Drag Brunch, Interact with Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N, or see musicians in concert.
15. Fashion Show Mall
The largest shopping and dining spot on The Strip is Fashion Show Mall.
It’s got 250 retailers and 30 restaurants.
16. Resorts World
This newly opened resort sits on the less active north end of the Strip.
It’s impressive and combines a Hilton, a Conrad and a Crockfords, covering the various levels of hotels (entry to high-end), in one massive modern and technologically advanced space.
Elon Musk is building a space-age tunnel underneath that will connect it to the Convention Center.
It has 40 restaurants, endless shopping options, and a 5.5 acre pool called one of the best in the country.
There’s a 50-foot-tall LED paneled globe that brings light and music, part of its GLOW series throughout the resort.
And its state of the art entertainment venues are big enough to pull the top artists and even some music festivals.
17. Circus Circus
Known to have the cheapest rooms on the Strip, Circus Circus falls into the “a little dated and worn” category.
It may be exciting for kids though, with its massive clown sign out front, The Adventuredome indoor theme park, family-friendly gambling, Splash-Zone swimming complex, and circus acts.
18. The STRAT
This hotel is all about the view.
It has pools on the 8th and 25th floors, a Skypod observation deck, a Stratosphere Tower ride, a rollercoaster at 866 feet, and a mechanical-armed-ride that slings you out over the side of the hotel at 900 feet.
It also has the Skyjump which has you jumping off of the side of the building.
At the SRAT you’ll get to see some of the best views in Vegas!
SHORTER WALKING TOUR
If walking the whole Strip might be too much, one option could be to do a tour of one section of the Strip at a time.
For example, you could stop and see:
- the outdoor music and light show at Bellagio
- move on to Botanical Gardens Conservatory inside the Bellagio
- visit the shops at Caesars Palace next door
- pop across the street to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris
- visit the birds at the Flamingo on the same side of the street
- head over to the the Venetian for a boat ride
- and then cross back over to the other side of the street and watch the volcano explode at the Mirage