The Las Vegas Strip is easily one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in the world. The 4-mile strip of Las Vegas Boulevard is home to some of the world’s largest hotels, and an array of live entertainers, from Celine Dion to Cirque du Soleil. Here are some things you might not know about one of the most famous streets in the world:
The Las Vegas Strip technically isn’t in Las Vegas; it’s located in the unincorporated township of Paradise, Nevada.
The first casino built on the “Strip” was the Pair-O-Dice Club, built in 1931.
The only movie theater on the Strip is the Showcase, located next to the MGM Grand.
Prostitution is NOT legal on the Strip, or anywhere in Clark County.
Las Vegas embodies the phrase “out with the old, in with the new”. Some of the hotels that have been demolished over the years include The Hacienda, The Klondike, Stardust, the New Frontier, the El Rancho and the Dunes.
The Las Vegas Strip was given its name by Guy McAfee, an entrepreneur and former LAPD officer.
The hotel now known as Bally’s was the former MGM Grand, until the 1980 fire
The bronze lion outside the MGM weighs 50 tons.
The Flamingo is the oldest standing hotel left on the Strip.