Getting around Las Vegas
Southern Strip Area

Everything you need to know about Section 1
Mandalay Bay to the Tropicana

We’re pretty familiar with getting around Las Vegas' Southern Strip as we first stayed here in 2003 on our first trip to Las Vegas. If the temperatures are crazy or you’re only in town for a couple of days and don’t plan on venturing far it helps to know what’s nearby.

Section one of the Southern Strip is the area stretching from the Mandalay Bay to the Tropicana, and is closest to the airport. See Las Vegas Strip hotel map and the map below.


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If you choose to stay in this area of Las Vegas you’ll have a great selection of hotels to choose from, no matter the size of your budget, together boasting numerous shows, attractions and shopping malls.

My parent’s first visited Sin City for a few days in the height of summer and stayed in the Southern Strip. They couldn’t face getting around Las Vegas so stayed in their hotel and the neighbouring establishments and still found they had plenty to see and do.


Getting around Las Vegas hotels
in the first section of the Southern Strip

Mandalay Bay Resort Casino

Getting Around Las Vegas Southern Strip

The 11-acre beach at the 43-story Mandalay Bay is the place to be in the Summer. The resort opened in 1999 costing $950 million and since then it's seen further extensions and already the rooms have been refurbished to ensure they're ultra modern.

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Luxor Hotel

Luxor Hotel in Vegas

On our first trip to sin city we stayed at the Luxor Hotel in Vegas, named after the city in Egypt. It’s one of the most distinctive of all the Las Vegas Nevada Hotels on the Strip; shaped like a pyramid, with a sky beam you can see from your airplane, and is guarded by a massive sphinx. It's perfect if you're looking for somewhere a bit different to stay.

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Tropicana Hotel Casino Vegas

Tropicana Hotel Casino Vegas

The Tropicana is practically part of the desert city's landscape. You probably know it from films such as Viva Las Vegas. However the resort's recently commenced a huge refurbishment programme to bring it bang up to date with a South Beach feel.

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Excalibur Hotel

Excalibur Hotel Las Vegas Nevada

The Excalibur Hotel Las Vegas is named after King Arthur’s sword and from the outside it looks like a castle with blue and red turrets. You can stay here from about $40 a night (more at weekends.)


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Getting around Las Vegas tourist attractions
on the Southern strip section 1

Famous Las Vegas Sign

Famous Las Vegas Sign

When you're getting around Las Vegas make sure you stop off and have your picture taken next to this historic monument, the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign (just beyond the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel and Casino) is something that should be up the top of your list of Las Vegas things to do and it won't cost you a thing.

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Shark Reef Aquarium

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium

Spend a couple of hours wandering through the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium. Walk through the magnificent tunnels in the world’s only Aquarium that's based in a desert.

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Las Vegas Mob Attraction

If you want a truly family-friendly interactive attraction visit one of the newer things to do on the Las Vegas Strip - the Las Vegas Mob Attraction at the Tropicana. It follows the rise and fall of organised crime in Sin City and contains over 1,000 mob artefacts.

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Bodies The Exhibition

Bodies the Exhibition

Bodies The Exhibition at the Luxor is one of the most popular attractions featuring 13 whole body specimens and 260 organs preserved by a special polymer preservation technique. Visit this attraction for the chance to see the wonders of the human body.

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Movie theaters in Las Vegas

Movie theaters in Las Vegas

Put your feet up and catch a film at Rave Motion Pictures Town Square 18 which is near to McCarran airport. You can book tickets by calling 1-702-362-7283 or visiting the Rave Motion Pictures website. Ticket prices are in line with those at the Regal Cinemas.


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Getting around Las Vegas shops
on section 1 of the southern strip

Mandalay Place

Shopping in Vegas

Mandalay Place is a really unusual compact shopping centre in that it's situated on a sky bridge between the Luxor and the at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV.

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Las Vegas Premium Outlets - South

Las Vegas Premium Outlets South

It’s just a short journey out from the Southern Strip to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets - South which you’ll find on LV Blvd 2.5 miles south of the Strip.

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Getting around Las Vegas current shows
on section 1 of the southern strip

Carrot Top at the Luxor

Current Shows in Las Vegas

Carrot Top a hugely popular comedian who's appeared on some major TV shows such as Larry the Cable Guy’s Christmas Spectacular, The George Lopez Show, Don’t Forget the Lyrics, Criss Angel Mindfreak, Howard Stern, Jimmy Kimmel, The Tonight Show, Live with Regis and Kelly.

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Criss Angel Believe

Criss Angel Believe

Magician of the Century Criss Angel, in partnership with Cirque du Soleil, presents CRISS ANGEL Believe, an illusion spectacular. Criss Angel brings his arsenal of magic feats that truly delve deep into the minds of audience members and leave guests in a state of bewilderment, awe and fascination.

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