The South Strip Experience – East Side!

Lets begin a journey up The Strip. A few weeks ago, we toured the West side of the South Strip. Now, we’re going to look at the East side where one can find a variety of things ranging from experiencing history to shopping.

The first stop on the East side is the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. The Tropicana opened on April 4, 1957 as a first class resort concentrating on high-class living rather than gaming. Over the years, the Tropicana has evolved with the life and times of the Strip to become one of the most recognizable landmarks in Las Vegas. Two years after the Tropicana opening, Lou Walters brought the famous “Folies Bergere” direct from Paris. The show has undergone some updates since then and is celebrating almost 50 years of success. In addition to the history, visitors can also enjoy five outstanding restaurants and a variety of other shows including the free “Air Play” featuring a high flying acrobatics show that is never repeated free of charge 6 times throughout the day…everyday.

A short walk across the pedestrian crossover will take visitors to the next stop on the East side, the MGM Grand. Yes, that is as in Metro Goldwyn Mayer, and you’ll not be able to mistake its affiliation for anyone or anything else with that huge gold lion right out front. The MGM is also the south-most stop on the Las Vegas monorail that runs from the MGM all the way to the Sahara on the North Strip. The MGM boasts 17 restaurants that range from the Stage Deli to reservation-only stops like Emeril’s Signature restaurant and Wolfgang Puck’s Bar and Grill. As for shows, the Cirque Du Soleil production “KA” makes its home at the MGM as well.

At this point, one might be wondering about shopping. The Showcase Mall is a mere step away. Not only is the Showcase Mall a specialty retail center, but it is an entertainment center as well. The tenants include: GameWorks which is an huge arcade, Everything Coca-Cola, M&M’s World, United Artists Theatres, and much, much more. The mall also has a brand new food court as well.

The South Strip has enough to do to last at least a couple days if not more, and it’s not even half the Strip. There will be more articles coming soon about the next block of the South Strip experience. That’s right! So far, we’ve only covered ONE block of the Strip. Stay tuned.

Ava Fails

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