Las Vegas Strip
If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas there is one place you definitely won’t want to miss. The Casino Strip is the booming epicenter of Las Vegas, full of exotic entertainment, gambling opportunities and first class hotels. Also known was Las Vegas Boulevard, this street is packed full of enticing neon lights beckoning to passing tourists in their luxury rental cars. For more history on the strip and a brief listing of a few hotspot attractions on the Strip carry on down the page. If you’re interested in a more in-depth summary, serve through the informative pages on dreamcarrentals.com.
During the 1940s a small building boom erupted in the Las Vegas Valley, including the construction of several hotel-casinos. These were built along the two-lane highway that led into Las Vegas from Los Angeles, which would later evolve into the modern day Strip. Some of the early hotels along this road were the Last Frontier, the El Rancho Vegas, the Thunderbird and Club Bingo. The most celebrated of the earliest hotels built along the Strip was the Flamingo Hotel. The Flamingo was built by a mobster named Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and was opened on New Year’s Eve 1946. Bugsy was a member of the Meyer Lansky crime family, and was murdered only six months after the opening night of the Flamingo. The Flamingo went through numerous ownership changes before coming to rest with its current owner the Hilton Hotel Group.
The building boom continued through the 1950s on Las Vegas. The Desert Inn was opened in 1950, followed by the Sarah Hotel and the Sands Hotel two years later. These names have all survived throughout the years, but the properties have undergone numerous ownerships and remodeling changes.
When the El Rancho Vegas opened in 1941 as the first hotel on the strip it was more than just a hotel. This rancher style resort showcased singers, strippers, comedians, instrumentalists and a wide variety of performers for the sole purpose of entertaining its guests. The Stardust was the first hotel to offer a stage spectacular as its main entertainment. The Stardust later imported the Lido, modeled after the Lido de Paris in France, this hotel out trumped the original ranch motif hotels and became the most popular resort on the Strip. The Dunes appeared in 1957 and offered the first topless showgirls act in all of Vegas. During the 1950s and 60s many casino lounges offered continuous entertainment from dusk until the break of dawn at no charge besides the cost of drinks.
Current Casinos on the Strip include:
- Monte Carlo
- MGM Grand
- San Remo
- Mandalay Bay
- Caesars Palace
- Treasure Island
- Circus Circus
Las Vegas Boulevard runs north to south, parallel to the I-15, and is intersected by Charleston Boulevard, Sahara Ave, Spring Mountain Road, Flamingo Road and Tropicana Ave. McCarran Airport is only a 10 minute drive in your luxury car rental. The Liberance Museum, Palace Stadium and many more attractions are located in close proximity to the strip, so why not jump in that luxury car rental and check out some of the local attractions?