The Strip: South of Tropicana Avenue

The section of the Las Vegas Strip south of Tropicana Avenue features some of the most recognizable resorts in the city.

 

Tropicana

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.

Tropicana in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tropicana

Lobby at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, Nevada

Lobby

 

Excalibur

Across the Strip from the Tropicana is Excalibur. This resort has a Medieval them and is popular with families.

Excalibur in Las Vegas, Nevada

Excalibur

Excalibur in Las Vegas, Nevada

Excalibur

 

Luxor

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.

Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Luxor

Sphinx at Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Sphinx

Obelisk at Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Obelisk

Entrance at Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

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.

Lobby at Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Lobby

Entrance to the casino at Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Entrance to the casino

Village at Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

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.

Bodies at Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Bodies

Titanic at Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Titanic

 

Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay sits south of Luxor. This massive complex has an elegant tropical South Pacific theme.

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Mandalay Bay

Fountain at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Fountain

The lobby and hallways are impressive, as is the Mandalay Beach pool area.

Lobby at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Lobby

Lobby at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Lobby

Front desk at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Front desk

Mandalay Beach at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Mandalay Beach

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).

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Shark Reef Aquarium

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.

Crocodile at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Crocodile

Komodo dragon at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Komodo dragon

Piranhas at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Piranhas

Tunnel at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Tunnel

Stingrays, lionfish, jellyfish, and other exotic species are featured in the next section. There’s a stingray and horseshoe crab petting tank as well.

Lionfish at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Lionfish

Jellyfish at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Jellyfish

Petting tank at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Petting tank

At the end of the aquarium is a large tank with a few different species of sharks and larger fish.

Shark tank at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Shark tank

Shark at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

Shark

 

Welcome Sign

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.

Welcome sign in Las Vegas, Nevada

Welcome sign

 

Tram

Note: Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay are all connected by a free tram.

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