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The Las Vegas Strip—North End
Casino Hotel Resorts on the North End of Las Vegas Boulevard
For many years the north end of the Las Vegas Strip was known as the less fashionable end, but that perception is changing with the addition of stunning new Wynn, Encore, Fontainebleau and Echelon casino resort hotels replacing several of the older properties.
The Stratosphere, Sahara, Circus Circus and Riviera are also on the north end of the Strip.
Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower
The northern most casino resort hotel on The Strip and one of the most unique properties in Las Vegas, the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower is a must see for any first time visitor to Las Vegas.
At 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere is the tallest building in town and features an observation deck from which visitors can see not only the Strip but much of the surrounding area.
For the daring, the Stratosphere also sports a number of death defying thrill rides, including the High Roller coaster which rolls along the edge of the tower and the Big Shot which sends riders hurtling hundreds of feet in the air above the tower only to free fall back.
The newest ride at the top of the Stratosphere Tower is called Insanity, though I can't imagine why.
Its a similar view to the one you get from the Stratosphere's Top of The World rotating restaurant except that you are looking at the ground 1,00 feet below, while spinning, with no visible means of support.
Room rates at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower are often some of the most competitive for major casino hotels on the Strip.
Sahara Hotel & Casino
The north end of the Las Vegas strip is also home to the Sahara hotel, known for its desert theme and its inclusion in several Las Vegas centered films and television programs.
Fans of NASCAR should be sure to check out the NASCAR Café, featuring plenty of racing memorabilia and other race themed items.
The Sahara Hotel and Casino features its own roller coaster as well, aptly named Speed, the Ride.
Circus Circus Las Vegas has long been a favorite for visitors with children, and the kids will no doubt love the many amusement rides and entertainment options that dot the property.
The circus theme prevails throughout Circus Circus, with clowns and other circus decor found throughout the hotel and the casino.
Children and adults alike can thrill to the free circus acts happening inside, including stunning acrobatics, juggling and even a tightrope act.
This property also features the Adventuredome, an indoor theme park set on 5.5 acres.
This unique indoor amusement park features the Canyon Blaster, a looping corkscrew roller coaster that thrill seekers are sure to love. Another major attraction in the Adventuredome is the Rim Runner, a fun water ride featuring a 60 foot high waterfall.
The Fontainebleau Vegas (its sister property Fontainebleau hotel is a Miami Beach, Florida icon) is scheduled to open in the fall of 2009.
A combination hotel/condo-hotel, casino with a huge spa, restaurants and lounges, theater, retail space and conference center, the Fontainebleau will occupy the area just north of the Riviera where the Algiers and El Rancho casinos were.
Riviera Hotel & Casino
One of the older properties on the Strip—since 1955—the Riviera Hotel and Casino has rooms, entertainment and food at a lower price point than the newer luxury resorts. With all the development on the north end of the Strip the Riviera's days may be numbered.
The Riviera Comedy Club, sports book and smallish but clean and comfortable rooms attract a typically older client and the historic Peppermill Fireside Lounge is right next door to experience Las Vegas as its best in the 1970's.
Echelon Las Vegas
Construction on Boyd Gaming's $4.8 billion Echelon resort was stopped in August 2008 and was not scheduled to continue until 2010 as the recession impacted Las Vegas.
When finished the project will include almost 5,000 rooms in five towers on land that previously was home to The Stardust, Westward Ho and Budget Suites.
Also included in the ambitious project are what will be the fourth largest casino and fourth largest convention center in Las Vegas, 30 restaurants and bars and two theaters.
Wynn Las Vegas Resort & Encore
Encore Suites Las Vegas opened in late December 2008 just over three years after Steve Wynn opened Wynn Las Vegas on the northern end of the Strip.
A large but still intimate casino, five restaurants, retail shops and meeting and conference facilities compliment the 2,000+ suites which are some of the largest in Las Vegas. Even the bathrooms are larger than some older Las Vegas hotel rooms.
Wynn Las Vegas Resort and Country Club became the tallest hotel building on the strip when it opened in 2005 on the 55th anniversary of the opening of the Desert Inn. The Desert Inn, which was the 5th resort to open on the Strip, occupied the land where the Wynn now stands.
The Wynn Las Vegas Resort is owned and operated by the same Steve Wynn who owned the Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas (the star property downtown in the 70's and 80's), the Bellagio, the Mirage, and Treasure Island.
Attractions that include an 18-hole golf course (the redesigned Desert Inn golf course), 180-foot man-made mountain with 3-acre lake and 70- foot waterfall, private Villa Suites, Tower Suites, the Wynn Art Collection, a Ferrari-Maserati dealership and more have earned the Wynn the first Mobil Five-Star rating for a Las Vegas Hotel.
Fashion Show Mall
Over 200 stores from Apple to Zales and including such notables as Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard's, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Nordstrom (only one in Nevada), and Bloomingdale's Home share a north central Las Vegas Strip location with a half dozen or more dining options at the Fashion Show Mall across the Strip from the Wynn.
Fashion Show mall is connected by bridges and escalators to enable shoppers to visit Wynn Las Vegas, Treasure Island and the Venetian without crossing at street level.
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