Welcome to Las Vegas! What better way to start an exploration of Sin City than the Las Vegas Strip? The iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" sign, designed by prolific sign designer Betty Willis in 1959, serves as Sin City's unofficial welcome mat.
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Luxor Hotel & Casino. This 1990s pyramid stands out in a town where copycatting New York, Paris, Venice and other iconic destinations is always trending.
The Park. One of the newest additions to the Strip, this $100 million urban oasis of restaurants, shops and art stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard to T-Mobile Arena.
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Public art at City Center. Maya Lin's "Silver River," which hangs behind the registration desk at Aria Las Vegas, depicts the course of the Colorado River. Aria is an MGM Resorts property, and the company has invested $40 million over the last 10 years in public art at the 67-acre City Center.
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Fountains of Bellagio. With water that dances like ballerinas and cannons that shoot water hundreds of feet in the air, the fountains that span the lake in front of Bellagio Las Vegas have become one of the most iconic Vegas sights.
Fall of Atlantis show. This free animatronic spectacle inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace tells the story of the Lost City of Atlantis, and what happens when the ailing King Atlas must decide which of his children should rule (fireballs and a 20-foot winged dragon included).
LINQ Promenade. The open-air LINQ Promenade stretches from the Strip to the High Roller, the tallest observation wheel in the world.
Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas. A zoo-like oasis at the Flamingo Las Vegas, this free attraction is home to more than 60 exotic birds, 20 turtles and 300 fish.
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The Mirage Volcano. The free "eruptions" at the volcano in front of the Mirage come with a soundtrack that is a collaboration between Mickey Hart, former drummer for The Grateful Dead, and Zakir Hussain, an Indian musician who is a master of the tabla drum.
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Venetian Las Vegas canals. When Sands Corp. built The Venetian Las Vegas, they replicated the city's iconic waterways -- including gondola rides.
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Adventuredome. The start of the show at family-friendly Circus Circus Hotel & Casino is the Adventuredome, with two roller coasters, spinning rides, an arcade, bowling, clown shows and more.
Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Reality television fans flock to this working pawn shop, which starts in the History channel's television series, "Pawn Stars." Crews are sometimes there filming Rick or Corey Harrison yelling at customers.
Gold & Silver Pawn Shop
Fremont Street Experience. Also known as FSE, it's a five-block pedestrian-only entertainment district with a zipline that starts inside the world's largest slot machine, a zombie-themed maze and live music every night.
Fremont Street Experience
Downtown Container Park. More than 40 repurposed shipping containers near Las Vegas Boulevard have been turned into a popular spot for shopping, dining and nightlife, Must-do's include craft cocktails at Oak & Ivy and a 33-foot-long slide.
The Neon Museum. This attraction at the north end of the Strip features more than 200 signs from the early days of Las Vegas -- although only about a dozen of them still light up.