The section of the Las Vegas Strip south of Tropicana Avenue features some of the most recognizable resorts in the city.
The Tropicana is a South Beach themed resort at the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue. It opened in 1957 and was last renovated in 2011.
Across the Strip from the Tropicana is Excalibur. This resort has a Medieval them and is popular with families.
South of there is Luxor, with its ancient Egyptian theme. The resort is built into a pyramid and has a sphinx and obelisk outside. There are Egyptian statues in front of the entrance.
Next to the lobby, the entrance to the gaming area looks like a temple. Upstairs you’ll find another obelisk and replica Egyptian village.
Luxor is home to Bodies… The Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Both cost US$34 but a combo ticket can be bought for US$42 (as of September 2017). Bodies displays actual human bodies and organs and gives visitors a better understanding of the wonders of the human body and how it works. Titanic has actual artifacts recovered from the 1912 disaster, including a large piece of its hull.
Mandalay Bay sits south of Luxor. This massive complex has an elegant tropical South Pacific theme.
The lobby and hallways are impressive, as is the Mandalay Beach pool area.
Mandalay Bay also houses the Shark Reef Aquarium, which contains the third largest tank in North America. Admission is US$25 (as of September 2017).
The first part of the Shark Reef Aquarium displays reptiles such as crocodiles and a Komodo dragon along with fish from the Amazon basin. You then pass through an aquarium tunnel to the next section.
Stingrays, lionfish, jellyfish, and other exotic species are featured in the next section. There’s a stingray and horseshoe crab petting tank as well.
At the end of the aquarium is a large tank with a few different species of sharks and larger fish.
The iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is not too far south of Mandalay Bay. It was built in 1959 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. I went at night and was able to see it all lit up. An Elvis impersonator was also there serenading a couple.
Note: Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay are all connected by a free tram.