If you’ve never visited Las Vegas, then what are you waiting for?! These days there’s a lot to do besides gambling (which is a topic for another day). That said, you can spend days walking up and down the famous Las Vegas Strip just visiting hotels. Each resort hotel has such an enormous property that even if you’re on the sidewalk just walking by, it can take a while.
The Las Vegas strip has become one of the world’s top tourist destinations and it’s certainly not for the dry, drab geography that surrounds the party oasis. The architectural wonders dotting the boulevard are nothing short of marvelous and, as booming competition for the coolest casino sent developers scrambling to offer the most attractive gambling palace, there is now a long list of themed casinos complete with everything from onsite zoos to Venice-like canals.
When in Las Vegas, consider checking into or at least visiting these themed hotel casinos.
This Luxor hotel is one of the most distinct and famous hotels on the Las Vegas strip. It’s shaped to look like a pyramid and the theme inside the hotel and casino as well as the outside grounds are of ancient Egypt. Futurure themed hotel rooms in Las Vegas have this as one of their biggest competitors!
With 85,000 square feet of Moroccan-themed gaming space, the more than 50-year-old Sahara Hotel and Casino is the northern-most stop on the Las Vegas Monorail, but well worth the trip. Although less advanced esthetically because of its age, the onion dome and classic camel sign still beckon site seers who want a taste of Vegas past.
The name says it all. With the largest permanent big top tent in the world and the only RV Park on the strip, Circus Circus hotel and casino serves up circus acts throughout the day. Opened in 1968, the facility also offers three swimming pools, a wedding chapel, a heliport and 101,000 square feet of gambling.
This Caribbean-themed hotel and 95,000-square-foot casino has received the AAA four diamond rating each year since 1998. Although once family oriented with skull-and-cross-bone flags and nightly pirate battles in “Buccaneer Bay,” Treasure Island has become a lot more adult oriented in recent years.
Paris Las Vegas
Complete with a stunning replica of the Eifel tower and a sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon, the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino has an imitation of the Arc de Triomphe, the La Fontain des Mers, the Paris Opera House and the Louvre. The facility, opened in 1999, also has over 85,000 square feet of gaming.
Achingly intricate, with gondola rides bobbing down indoor canals lined with Italian cafés and specialty shops, The Venetian hotel and casino spared no expense. Equipped with a wax museum, 17 restaurants and a 120,000-square-foot casino, the 10-year-old resort has four permanent shows, over 4,000 suites and a gigantic health club and spa.
Harrah’s Las Vegas
Complete with a carnival party theme, Harrah’s Las Vegas, built in 1973, has a Ghirardelli Chocolate Company store, a monorail stop and more than 85,000 square feet of gaming space. Built into the resort are six 22,000-pound, 32-foot-tall jesters plated in 23-karat gold-leaf,. The facility has 2,677 hotel rooms and a steamboat motif.
An Asian-themed resort that has been around since 1979 is the Imperial Palace. The hotel and casino is equipped with 75,000 square feet of gambling and the world’s largest classic auto collection that holds more than $100 million worth of cars.The Palace also hosts one of the longest running shows in Las Vegas called “Legends in Concert.”
The Hawain-themed Mirage has several signature features including an artificial volcano that erupts nightly, a 53-foot long aquarium and a dolphin habitat. The entrance atrium has rainforest flora and elobrate water features. The famous Cirque du Soliel has a permanent show onsite and there is 100,000 square feet of gaming space.
New York-New York Hotel and Casino
Influenced by New York City with features ranging from the Big Apple’s Skyline to a replica of the Statue of Liberty, the famous New Yok-New York Hotel and Casino has an amazing rollercoaster ride called the Manhattan Express that reaches speeds of up to 67 mph. The resort has over 2,000 hotel rooms and an 84,000-square-foot casino.
Flamingo Las Vegas
Touted as the oldest casino still in operation on the strip, this Miami-themed hotspot comes complete with a neon pink exterior and a flock of flamingos. The Falmingo, opened in 1956, has 77,000 square feet of gaming space, a wildlife habitat and more than 3,500 hotel rooms. The resort sits on roughly 40 acres of land.
The Roman-empire themed Caesers Palace has been around since 1966, but has been thoroughly renovated and remodeled over the years to stay in the game. With ornately-decorated, gold-trimmed spiral escalators and a stoic Caeser statue at the entrance, the 166,000-square-foot casino is one of the biggest on the strip.
The Bellagio hotel and casino, home to the now famous “Fountains of Bellagio,” houses fine art, nearly 4,000 hotel rooms and more than 116,000 square feet of casino. First opened in 1998, the Italian-themed facility employs over 10,000 people to offer its around-the-clock, first class service to guests.