The first casino on the Strip opened in the northern stretches. None of those original casinos remain today, especially in this part of the Strip where an air of modernity radiates. Pedestrian bridges keep pedestrians exiting the Wynn from crossing busy streets to the Fashion Show Mall and the Palazzo next door.
The Palazzo is part of the massive Venetian. Despite the long corridors and crowds, it is actually a pleasant break from the sun to be indoors.
Interestingly, the canals start upstairs behind the obelisks, so this waterfall is just excess run-off from the waterways.
The Venetian has an impressive mall with canals just like the real Venice. I was more focused on the food offering, with a good range of fancy, food court, and in-between luxury yet affordable options.
Outside, everything looked right except the canal waters are not so clean in the real Venice.
From here southwards, the casino resorts cluster more closely, and the sidewalks start to get quite busy. Traffic jams are also common along here during rush hour.
Harrah's was once a Holday Inn until 1983.
The Mirage opened in 1989 with tropical gardens and waterfalls. Outside, its volcano facing Las Vegas Blvd puts on an eruption show every night with the heat being felt right along the sidewalk.
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