The Strip: Between Tropicana Avenue and Flamingo Road

The section of the Las Vegas Strip between Tropicana Avenue and Flamingo Road, you’ll find the Bellagio along with a few other big resorts. The Bellagio (covered here) is the most extravagant, while a few of the others have some standout features.

 

South of the Bellagio

Heading south from the Bellagio, the Cosmopolitan has a lounge inside a three level chandelier, which is itself a work of art. Next is the Aria (which I stayed at for a week) along with the Shops at Crystals, followed by the Monte Carlo.

Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada

Cosmopolitan

The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Shops at Crystals

Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, Nevada

Monte Carlo

 

New York-New York

At the northwest corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, is New York-New York. This resort brings the Big Apple to the desert, complete with some buildings from the New York skyline and a replica Statue of Liberty. It’s beautiful to see both in the day and at night.

New York-New York in Las Vegas, Nevada

New York-New York

New York-New York in Las Vegas, Nevada

New York-New York at night

Statue of Liberty at New York-New York in Las Vegas, Nevada

Statue of Liberty

The exterior has a Brooklyn Bridge and signs modeled after the New York subway. Thrill seekers will enjoy the Big Apple Coaster (US$17 as of September 2017).

Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York in Las Vegas, Nevada

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York in Las Vegas, Nevada

Brooklyn Bridge

Signs at New York-New York in Las Vegas, Nevada

Signs

Inside, it’s worth popping into Hershey’s Chocolate World to see the Statue of Liberty made out of solid chocolate. The casino floor and shopping area makes you feel like you’re on the city streets.

Chocolate Statue of Liberty at Hershey's Chocolate World at New York-New York in Las Vegas, Nevada

Chocolate Statue of Liberty at Hershey’s Chocolate World

 

MGM Grand

Across from New York-New York is the MGM Grand. This massive hotel used to have a lion habitat but that was removed. The only lion you’ll see is a golden lion on top of the statue out front.

MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada

MGM Grand

Fountain at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada

Fountain

Lobby at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada

Lobby

 

Paris Las Vegas

Heading north from the MGM Grand, there are lots of smaller shops, hotels, restaurants, and the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino until you come to Paris Las Vegas (directly across from the Bellagio). Immediately transport yourself to the City of Light, complete with an Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. A hot air balloon serves as the official sign and represents the first hot air balloon flight over Paris in 1783.

Paris Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas

Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas

Arc de Triomphe

Hot air balloon at Paris Las Vegas

Hot air balloon

The Eiffel Tower is a half-scale replica of the original in Paris, and visitors can take a ride up a glass elevator to an observation deck on the 46th floor. Admission is US$16 for daytime and US$22 at night (as of September 2017).

Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas

Eiffel Tower

The casino and shopping area are made to feel like an evening on the streets of Paris, while the lobby feels like a palace.

Casino at Paris Las Vegas

Casino

Shopping area at Paris Las Vegas

Shopping area

Shopping area at Paris Las Vegas

Shopping area

Lobby at Paris Las Vegas

Lobby

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