It’s known affectionately as The Strip and it’s a 6.8km section of the Las Vegas Boulevard. For the most part, the famous Strip isn’t officially within the City of Las Vegas limits, the majority of it is actually found in Clark County. It’s one of the country’s premier tourist attractions: it is home to some of the world’s biggest hotels and casinos and it has a gaming revenue of $6.2 billion. The Strip allegedly got its name from Guy McAfee, a Los Angeles police officer, who named it after his hometown’s Sunset Strip.
The first casino built on the current Strip was the El Rancho Vegas and it opened its doors in 1941. It was so successful that it started a building boom at the end of that decade. Unfortunately this historic casino lasted for just two decades before being destroyed by a fire. The El Rancho Vegas had 63 rooms, today there are more than 62 000 rooms on the Strip. The famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign was erected in 1959 at a distance of 7.2km from the city but with all the developments in the past 53 years the sign is now just 0.64 km south of the most southern casino on the Strip.