What most people don’t realize about Las Vegas is that much of the Las Vegas Strip isn’t actually in Las Vegas proper but rather in the small city of Paradise. Paradise also houses the McCarran International Airport and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Known for its bright lights, iconic hotels, casinos, and overall grandiosity, Paradise makes for a fun time for any visitor whether young or old.
Things To Do In Paradise
The Las Vegas Strip has it all whether visitors are looking for world famous dining, the best hotels, the most lavish casinos, or family activities like amusement parks and rides.
The Adventuredome also known as the Grand Slam Canyon is an indoor amusement park located at Circus Circus which is connected to the hotel inside a large glass dome. The amusement park offers over 25 rides and attractions including the Canyon Blaster and carnival type games. The Roller Coaster is also an attraction, which is a roller coaster at the New York-New York Hotel Casino on the strip. The rollercoaster is themed to New York City cabs. In addition, the High Roller is a 550 foot tall Ferris Wheel making it the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel.
Paradise also offers an array of shopping options including Bonanza Gift Shop (World’s Largest Gift Shop), The Shoppes at The Palazzo, Grand Canal Shoppes, Showcase Mall, Miracle Mile Shops, and The Forum Shops at Caesars.
Most of the strip’s entertainment options are located on the hotel casino properties. The most popular free attractions of the strip include the water fountains at The Bellagio, the volcano at The Mirage, and the Fall of Atlantis and Festival Fountain at Caesars Palace. There are also several Cirque de Soleil shows as well as artists in residency concerts some of which include Celine Dion and Britney Spears.
Day Trips From Paradise
For those that want to get away from Paradise for a day there are several options to hop in a car and see many wonders of the United States. Located only about 45 minutes from the Strip is Hoover Dam in which visitors will get amazing views of the dam, Lake Mead, the Black Canyon, and the Colorado River. Located only two and a half hours from Las Vegas is Zion National Park, which is a beautiful park with forests and waterfalls. One of the wonders of the world, The Grand Canyon is located about four hours from the Strip. For those that don’t mind a six hour drive, Los Angeles is also located close by to the Strip.
Accommodations In Paradise
Paradise has a plethora of accommodation options including world renowned luxury hotels as well as vacation rentals off of the Strip. There are also a variety of bed and breakfast establishments, cheaper hotels, motels, and inns.
Transportation In Paradise
The hotel-casinos on the Strip are close enough to each other that walking around is a reasonable means of travel. The easiest option is to walk along Las Vegas Boulevard but visitors should note that Las Vegas heat is a special kind of heat and temperatures during the day regularly reach the 100s. The Las Vegas Monorail runs along the east side of the Strip with stops behind several of the hotels at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, there is a limited bus service up and down the Strip as well as a plethora of taxis.