Las Vegas Strip Casinos
The city of Las Vegas is continually reinventing itself and is known throughout the world for its exceptional hotels and casinos, many of which are located along the famous Strip. Downtown Las Vegas is now a vibrant and open-air pedestrian mall, after considerable renovation during the late 20th century, when a number of new hotel casinos were opened and existing casinos restored and modernised, at a cost of many millions of dollars.
Main Street Station is now home to one of the most impressive hotel casinos in Las Vegas and offers excellent value for money. Nearby, the Mirage hotel casino opened in 1989, and was responsible for this trend of glamorous casino complexes, with its many breathtaking and elaborate features, including an erupting volcano, giant exotic plants, white tigers, dolphins and enormous aquariums, filled with colourful fish.
The hotel casinos that soon followed along the Las Vegas Casino Strip were always trying to compete with each other, becoming larger and more outrageous. The Excalibur Hotel Casino is a bright white castle complex, which includes its own drawbridge and moat, and this eye-catching Strip hotel even features a fire-breathing dragon.
The Circus Circus Adventuredome Casino complex first opened its doors on the Las Vegas Casino Strip in 1968, and expanded in 1993, when Circus Circus built a five-acre amusement park. Also in 1993 a number of other major hotel casinos arrived along the Strip, including the stunning Luxor complex, the MGM hotel casino theme park and Treasure Island - known for its daily pirate battles.
Shortly after, the skyline of the Strip changed further when the incredibly tall Stratosphere tower was built, instantly becoming the tallest building in the west of America. When the New York-New York Hotel Casino opened on the Strip, with its amazing recreations of top New York style attractions, many other themed hotel casinos opened shortly after, bringing some of the world's most outstanding and memorable attractions to Las Vegas.