Las Vegas: Places to Explore


North Strip

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Like the best nights out, the North Strip is the perfect mix of luxury and opulence, fun and debauchery—a blend of the very best that Vegas has to offer in high-end, low-brow, and laugh-out-loud diversion. Wynn, Encore, Palazzo, and Venetian are posh celebrity favorites. And cheap beers at Treasure Island, carnival acts at Circus Circus, and thrill rides at the Stratosphere entertain the masses. In between, the Trump Hotel offers elegant, apartment-style living in a nongaming environment.

Sister properties dominate the landscape in this part of town—resorts that complement each other wonderfully. One pair, the Venetian and Palazzo, whisks visitors to Italy, where they can ride gondolas and marvel at indoor waterfalls. Another pair, Wynn and Encore, offer a different kind of luxury, one that Steve Wynn himself has sharpened after years in the business. Encore in particular is a one-of-a-kind blend of classic (authentic antiques pervade the property) and modern (windows in the casino). Also not to be missed: the Encore Beach Club, a thumping day-lounge experience.

Farther north, this part of the Strip embraces the circus. In the Adventuredome, behind Circus Circus, visitors can participate in an actual carnival, complete with cotton candy and midway games. On top of the Stratosphere tower the attractions are not for the faint of heart, considering that they suspend you about 900 feet over the ground.

The North Strip has improved upon a number of familiar Vegas experiences, too. Still campy, the Sirens of TI show in front of Treasure Island has been updated and is always worth the price (free). The golf course behind Wynn is a premier experience. And the "sports book" at Palazzo doubles as a casual restaurant from Emeril Lagasse. The North Strip presents a number of familiar sights; it just does them better.

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