Best walking tour of Las Vegas Strip for first timers

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Las Vegas, Nevada - The StripThe Las Vegas strip is one of the most famous and more expensive streets in the world. If you come to Las Vegas for the first time, before doing all the food and gambling and partying, you must take a walking tour of the most iconic places on the Strip. There are many ways to walk the strip for the first time, but after visiting Vegas many times I have created my own beautiful walking tour of the strip. So, come along with me for a walking tour of the Las Vegas strip for first timers.

Stretching for just under 5 miles, the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the most famous streets in the world. It is a strip of the Las Vegas Boulevard, from Tropicana Avenue (and bit south of it) going north to Sahara Avenue (and a bit north of it). In addition to being famous, the Strip in Las Vegas, is probably one of the most expensive streets in the world. Put off gambling and drinking for a while and come along on my favorite walk on the Las Vegas Strip for first timers.


Walking tour map of the Las Vegas Strip
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You can also checkout my Las Vegas for kids guide, which is full with family-friendly attractions in Las Vegas.

1. MGM bridge

I like starting my walk by crossing the bridge from MGM Grand to New York, New York and take in the sights to the north (and south). Especially at night, the lights are very impressive. Then, as we get to the other side we start walking North.

The Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada - The Strip at night from the bridge to New York, New York.
The Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada – The Strip at night from the bridge to New York, New York.
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The Las Vegas strip is most impressive at night, when all the amazing lights are on, and the entire struggle for attention from the Las Vegas resorts is going on at full strength. Newer construction in Las Vegas is always bigger and better and with more lights as all new entertainment venues compete for you, the customer.

The strip in Las Vegas, Nevada is indeed spectacular at night.
The strip in Las Vegas, Nevada is indeed spectacular at night.
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2. Shopping at the Crystals

As we keep walking north on Las Vegas Strip, we see Hard Rock Cafe on the right across the street, but we keep walking north until we get to the Shops at Crystals. We go inside to admire the newer and high end shops inside leading to the Aria resort.

High fashion shops inside The Crystals leading to the Aria resort
High fashion shops inside The Crystals leading to the Aria resort
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We don’t go through the Aria Resort, but instead we come out still further north and exit Crystals to the bridge over Harmon Avenue. We cross over the bridge and continue to stay on the same side of the strip.

3. The Bellagio Conservatory

As we walk continue walking north past The Cosmopolitan we come upon the impressive Bellagio. I like taking the escalators towards the Bellagio right before the amazing fountains. The escalators take us to the left and up the hill. As we walk up towards the Bellagio, you have the best views of the Paris resort across the strip. These are some of the best spots for great pictures.

Paris, Las Vegas - Beautiful night view of The Eiffel Tower and the Fountains at the Bellagio
Paris, Nevada – Beautiful night view of The Eiffel Tower and the Fountains at the Bellagio
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Go inside the Bellagio and visit the Bellagio Conservatory, which includes gorgeous gardens that change every season during the year. Take your time and walk slowly through the beautiful flower arrangements.

Bellagio Las Vegas - Beautiful gardens inside The Belagio Hotel lobby.
Beautiful gardens at The Conservatory inside The Belagio Resort.
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4. Fountains at the Bellagio

We’re coming out from inside the Bellagio and going immediately left as we exit. We will walk down and around the beautiful lake with great view of the Paris resort right in front of us. Take your time walking down and find a good spot to see the water fountains show. Here is the schedule of the daily show.

The Fountains of Bellagio is a daily show in Las Vegas. The show is every 30 minutes from 3pm to 8pm Monday through Friday and every 15 minutes from 8pm to midnight. On Sundays the show starts at 11am every 30 minutes until 7pm when the show goes on every 15 minutes until midnight.

Bellagio Las Vegas - The beautiful water fountain show
The beautiful Fountains at the Bellagio water show happens many times a day.
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Once the water show ends, continue walking North and around the Bellagio resort. Go inside and take the escalators up and then take a right to the bridge that will take you to Caesar’s Palace resort.

5. Shop at the Forum

As you cross over Flamingo Road you will come to Caesar’s Palace and Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant which is a great place for lunch or dinner.  However, keep walking a little bit north until you come to the entrance to the Shops at the Forum.  This is a beautiful place for shopping and eating.

Tourneau high end watch store at Caesar's Palace
Tourneau high end watch store at Shops at the Forum
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Walk to the end of the shops and you can checkout the large aquarium and Fall of Atlantis water and fire show. If you have small children they will like this little space inside Shops at the Forum.

6. The Venetian

As you come out of Shops at the Forum area, keep walking North a little bit until you can cross The Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard). As you cross the street, you will be right in front of the Venetian resort. There is also lots of shopping inside the Venetian, but I like to go inside and look at the gondolas and admire the pretty copy of Piazza San Marco from Venice Italy. Yes it’s fake, but it’s pretty cool.

Street acrobat performing in Piazza San Marco inside The Venetian, Las Vegas
Street acrobat performing in Piazza San Marco inside The Venetian, Las Vegas
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Now, it’s time to walk back South on The Strip towards where we started off: the MGM bridge.

7. The LINQ Promenade

Walking South right past the oldest Las Vegas Strip resort Harrah, you will find the newer and small Linq resort. Right past it turn left onto The LINQ Promenade leading to the very tall and impressive High Roller Ferris Wheel. This is one of the newest revived areas on the Las Vegas Strip. It boasts lots of restaurants run by the world’s most famous cooks like Gordon Ramsey’s Fish and Chips.

The Las Vegas High Roller seen from the LINQ Promenade
The Las Vegas High Roller seen from the LINQ Promenade

8. Have some French dessert at Paris, Las Vegas

After your fake, but entertaining taste of Italy at the Venetian, it’s time for some real French taste at Paris resort. So, let’s walk back South and cross the bridge towards the iconic Paris, Las Vegas resort. So, start going South, past Harrah’s and Flamingo and stop at Paris. Go inside, and pass all the casino floor and stop at the French restaurants right past the hotel lobby. You will see the amazing breakfast buffet place “Le Village” and the small “Le Creperie” where you can get French crepes for both breakfast and lunch. In addition, I love getting a piece of Napoleon at Cafe Belle Madeleine paired with a good cup of coffee. Simply yummy!

Paris, Las Vegas - Napoleon cake from Cafe Belle Madeleine
Paris, Las Vegas – Napoleon cake from Cafe Belle Madeleine
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As you come out of Paris resort, you can look around and admire the fake iconic tourist attractions from Paris, France: the Eiffel Tower, the Arch of Triumph and the Music Academy buildings. Fake again, but cool.

Beautiful water fountain in front of the Music Academy building at Paris, Las Vegas
Beautiful water fountain in front of the Music Academy building at Paris, Las Vegas
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As you come out of Paris resort, keep walking South.

9. Miracle Mile Shops

On your way back toward MGM Grand. You will pass by the older Planet Hollywood resort and you can go inside the Miracle Mile area for some great shopping and restaurants which are a bit more affordable. While there is nothing exciting about Miracle Mile, this shopping mall is a clean and modern. It is a loop, about a mile long (that’s why it’s called Miracle Mile), which has several exits back on the Strip. Then, as you come out, keep walking South and just take in all the lights.

The lights on the Las Vegas Strip are the main attraction at night
The lights on the Las Vegas Strip are the main attraction at night
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Is it worth walking the Las Vegas Strip?

I think walking the Strip is the best introduction to Las Vegas for first timers. This is the best walking tour of the Las Vegas Strip. It contains highlights of all the major resorts on the strip, as well as a few details that will make this walking tour very enjoyable, especially if you have never been to Vegas before. Yes, it will take you around 5 hours to complete, but you will get a good understanding about what all these resorts offer for attracting all these tourists that flock to the entertainment capital of the world, as Las Vegas likes to call itself.

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