Las Vegas: A trip up the Strip
My name is Katherine and I'll be your guide on this tour of Las Vegas, as presented by Insight Guides. The tour will take around 3 hours, not including time spent stopping off at attractions on the way.
Las Vegas. Just saying the name creates a mental picture of bright neon lights, huge hotels and countless casinos. Frequently referred to as Sin City, movies like The Hangover have done little to repeal its reputation of being a 24-hour a day epicenter of indulgence. However, there is more to the Strip than just over doing it; its history dates back to 1931, when construction began on the nearby Hoover Dam and Nevada legalized casino gambling in an attempt to clean up its image and attract the workers. It worked, and Vegas served as both a home to many construction workers and an opportunity to blow off steam and spend their hard-earned dollars. As you can see already, the Strip is absolutely central to Las Vegas and its history in more ways than one. On this tour, we will start at one end and make our way up, stoping at all the main sights.
You can stop the tour at any time and start again at the same spot later. You can follow the route on your phone or simply listen as I guide you from one sight to the next. I’ll be giving you clear directions and the audio will automatically start playing when you get close to the next sight on the tour. Don’t worry if you need to skip a sight as the tour will pick up at the next location. One more thing before we get started – always be aware of your surroundings and be sure to obey all traffic signals.
Exactly how much time to allow for the tour will very much depend on how busy the roads and sidewalks are. You’ll always find crowds gathered taking group photos, especially in front of the Bellagio fountains – more about those a little later. And you will find yourself gazing in awe at the spectacle of the Strip, so I have safely factored in three hours.
This tour runs the entire length of the Strip, so please make sure you drink plenty of water. There is a lot of walking involved in this tour, so please take advantage of the free shuttle buses going up and down The Strip if you need a rest. The Las Vegas Monorail is also an efficient and cheap mode of transport. Alternatively, If you'd like to do a shorter tour, please start at point two and end at point nine, which will take you about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
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