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Introducing The Strip

Baby, this is where it's at. The Strip, a 4.5-mile stretch of Las Vegas Blvd lined with hulking casino hotels and megaresorts, is so happening that few visitors ever venture beyond it. But the famous boulevard is always changing. The themed resorts that opened on Las Vegas Blvd at the end of the 20th century drove home the idea that bigger is better. In 1989 Steve Wynn opened the Mirage, with its erupting volcano, a 20,000-gallon aquarium and spectacular shows; others soon followed, and many of the classic casino-resorts on the north Strip were abandoned. Then Wynn reset the standard with his namesake casino hotel and megaresort, embodying a new, sophisticated resort style, free of campy Vegas themes. Today, all three varieties – vintage, themed and high-fashion – are worth your time on a stroll down the Strip. Though this chapter covers most of the Strip, the main casino-resorts are covered in their own chapters.