While not officially defined, or even an official street for that matter, what we all commonly refer to as the Las Vegas Strip is 4.2 miles, or 6.8 kilometers long.
This incredible stretch of roadway may be the most unique street in the world. Where else can you see a pyramid, dancing water fountains, the Eiffel Tower, Stature of Liberty and a volcano all within a four mile drive?
There are 32 casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, and combined, they bring in roughly $6.5 billion dollars a year in gambling revenue. Fifty-eight percent of the gambling revenue in the entire state of Nevada comes from this 4.2 mile stretch of asphalt.
Yet it comes as a surprise to many that there is no official “Las Vegas Strip.”
Instead, the long, busy, party-central four mile plus stretch of pavement is formally called Las Vegas Boulevard. “The Strip” is simply a nickname that has caught on. In fact, you won’t find an official city street sign that says “The Strip” anywhere in Las Vegas.
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So while there are no officially-recognized starting or stopping points of the Strip, in general, the Strip is generally recognized as running from Mandalay Bay on the south to the Stratosphere on the North.
Rather than being a straight line, the Strip, (when going north), starts off at Mandalay Bay (across the street from the Las Vegas airport, McCarran International Airport), and winds its way up past such Las Vegas icons as the Luxor, MGM Grand, Bellagio and Caesars Palace, before beginning to curve right when you get to the Mirage Hotel and Casino.
From there it pass the enormous Venetian/Palazzo complex, the Wynn/Encore resorts, and Circus Circus, amongst others. While there are some stretches of vacant land on the Strip, ready for future development, the 4.2 miles consists mostly of side-to-side mega resorts. In fact, seven of the ten largest hotels in the world are on the Strip.
The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino (the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River), is where the Las Vegas Strip ends on the north side. Las Vegas Boulevard, however, continues on towards Fremont Street, or old downtown Las Vegas, however this stretch of the street past the Stratosphere is not considered the Strip.
Some old-school traditionalists don’t even consider the Stratosphere to be on the Strip. They believe the Strip ends at Sahara Avenue, where the old Sahara Casino used to reside, and which is now the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
Others feel that the Strip starts at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign on the south, (just down the street from Mandalay Bay), rather than at Mandalay Bay itself.
Either way, this four mile and change stretch of pavement brings in just under 39 million visitors a year, making it perhaps the most exciting street in the world. It has been officially designated as an “All-American Road.”
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Interestingly enough, while the length of the Las Vegas Strip is 4.2 miles currently, this number could go higher. It’s easy to imagine future hotel/casino development either south of Mandalay Bay, or the North of the Stratosphere, in which case we’d have to do some recalculation.
Other facts that may only interest me:
During peak times, there are an estimated 41,000 people per hour on Las Vegas Strip sidewalks.
On average, there are approximately 37,000 cars on the Las Vegas Strip each day. (All of whom are usually in front of me). (Photo courtesy of Tony Kent via Flicrk).