The Las Vegas Strip is a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South in Clark County, Nevada, internationally known for its concentration of resort hotels and casinos along its route. The Strip is approximately 4.2 miles (6.8 km) in length, located immediately south of the Las Vegas city limits in the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester (however, the Strip is often referred to as being “in Las Vegas”).
I don’t make a habit of this but I can find fewer better descriptions of The Strip and how it came about than the one which appears in its Wikipedia entry. Also have a look at the following map:
So, The Strip isn’t even in Las Vegas! Technically that’s correct, Las Vegas is really Downtown Las Vegas but let’s not get bogged down in semantics. To you, me and everyone who really matters, The Strip is that section of Las Vegas where the biggest, plushest hotel casinos are located. On the map, from the Mandalay Bay at the extreme South to the Stratosphere at the extreme North, they and everything in between constitute The Strip.
Almost certainly your hotel will be on The Strip. As you can see from the map most of the iconic hotels you will have heard of are to be found here; the likes of Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, the Venetian – all along the same four mile stretch of one road.
There are two exceptions to this. You may have chosen to stay Downtown in ‘old Vegas’. Possibly, but much less likely, you may be staying at one of the outlying ‘locals’ hotels such as the Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, South Point or one of the Station casinos.
Most visitors will never leave the Strip during their entire vacation. Some will never leave their own hotel / casino complex. It’s not until you visit Vegas that you can really appreciate the size of these places – each almost a small town in themselves.
Probably the best sightseeing trip in Vegas is to walk The Strip from one end to the other. There’s no better way of seeing the remarkable variety of the properties but beware! It gets very hot in Vegas, don’t even attempt it in the middle of the day and always have lots of water to hand. 4.2 miles is further than you think.
The Strip is without doubt the safest area in Las Vegas. I have no qualms walking any part of it at any time of the day or night and I have never seen anything untoward during any of my visits. You see the occasional Metro Police vehicle but that’s not what keeps The Strip as safe as it unquestionably is. Each casino employs its own security staff in substantial numbers and they take responsibility for their own premises and the areas that surround them. You often see these private security officers on bikes or in buggies. If anyone suggests that The Strip is dangerous or unsafe I would vehemently disagree.