In Las Vegas Part 1, we covered how to get to this city and the North Strip. In this article, we cover the Middle Strip (where the most happening places are located), and the South Strip, which is so close to the airport you can feel the airplanes landing (and also where the malls are)
As most of the technical details have been covered in Part 1 (like getting in and how to get around), let’s jump right on to What to See/Do:
- At the border of the North & Middle strip is the Fashion Show Mall – a huge shopping center that features a runway and lots, and lots of stores. If you’re lucky you can actually see a live fashion show or an event happening at said runway.
- High Roller – the biggest observation wheel (read: Ferris wheel) in the world, it takes approximately 30 minutes for the ride and gives you unparalleled view of the Las Vegas Strip and beyond.
- Caesar’s Palace – a huge complex that spans many buildings and a few blocks. It’s mainly known for its Forum Shops and for its very Italian feel. The Forum Shops has some of the most expensive stores around. Good if you have the money and want to do a bit of retail therapy.
- The Mirage – big pools, and home to the Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat (paid admission), this hotel is also the venue of Cirque du Soleil’s Love, which plays all Beatles songs. If you’re planning to watch this particular cirque show, note that you will have to pay a pretty penny to go inside. You may be able to get discounted tickets at Tix 4 Tonight, but this is definitely one of those shows that get sold out quickly.
Even more things to do:
- The Venetian/Palazzo – The biggest hotel in Las Vegas, and has their own water canal snaking through the covered mall area. You can even take a gondola ride and be serenaded by a gondolier. Aside from the shops & gondola, you can enjoy the spacious rooms (suites!), if you have the money to pay for it.
- The Bellagio – notable for its dancing fountains outside, which takes up a lot of space of the grounds. The best place to view these fountains is from the top of the Eiffel Tower across the street at Paris Paris. The Bellagio also has a nice pool area and a museum inside (can be a bit overpriced though). It’s a great place to take photos! The conservatory and the botanical garden is also a dream, and it’s free!
- Paris Paris – The inside is quaint with a lot of Parisian elements, from walking around cobblestone streets, to restaurants that serve French cuisine (crepes, anyone?). The gift store is a nice place to stop and get some French themed goodies, but the highlight is the Eiffel Tower Experience, where you go up an elevator and see all of Las Vegas… on top of the Eiffel Tower replica. Try to find the Arc d Triomphe and the iconic balloon.
- Bally’s – Looking at the outside, it looks like a fairly older building – but inside, you can watch a Vegas institution, the showgirl show called Jubilee. Never pay full price for this show, you can easily get a discounted one online or through Tix 4 Tonight booths.
This didn’t cover all of Vegas yet! Stay tuned for another post about other Vegas attractions within the Middle/South Strip.