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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!

Vegas strip

Driving into Las Vegas, you are greeted from all major directions by a sign – Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas. As we’ve learned, it’s not entirely fabulous, but definitely has its charms.

The City of Las Vegas resides in a valley, within Clark County, Nevada. It is bordered on the east and part of the north by highway 93 (also known as Boulder Highway). The southern and western (and part of the north) is edged by the 215. (The 215 becomes the Lake Mead Parkway on the east side of the 93, and, surprisingly enough, runs into Lake Mead Recreation Area.) Running north/south through the city is I-15, which links Los Angeles to Salt Lake City and beyond. The I-15 is the Interstate that, for the most part, the Strip parallels.

The Strip is probably the most important (or at least most recognizable) road in Las Vegas. Officially known as Las Vegas Boulevard, it is the road that divides the city in East and West, and is where most tourists congregate. Unless considered “off-strip”, the mega resort-casinos all have Las Vegas Boulevard addresses, and it is a road to be avoided by car, unless you have a lot of time to spare. You will usually move faster along the Strip on foot than by car.

For the most part, “The Strip” is limited to the 4 miles between the Mandalay Bay and Stratosphere hotels. Las Vegas Boulevard, however, stretches beyond the hotels. Way to the south is the M Resort and Casino, and the far northern end of the road (North Las Vegas Boulevard) is the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Drag Strip. Along the way, you will find Town Square (southern intersection with the 215), “wedding chapel alley” (between the Stratosphere and Fremont – and it’s not a nice place to find yourself during the day, much less after dark), Fremont Street (which divides North/South roads into North and South – on the East side of the city, anyway), and the Cannery Casino (closest casino to the Clark County Correctional Facility).

Major east/west roads (in green on the map) include (from south to north):
- Tropicana
- Flamingo
- Desert Inn
- Sahara
- Charleston
- Sands
- Fremont (which becomes the Boulder Strip at E. Sahara. Note that there is no West Fremont Street, but because this is the main tourist area for “Old Las Vegas”, I figured it should be listed as a major street. On the Las Vegas Street Map, the Fremont Street Experience is the dashed portion of Fremont, between S. Main Street and Las Vegas Blvd.)

The major hotels we have as settings in Tales of the Lost include (again from south to north):
- The M Resort (extreme south end of Las Vegas Boulevard)
- The Bellagio (Center Strip)
- The Venetian
- Wynn
- Encore
- Gold Coast (Off strip – by accident, it was placed on Boulder Highway, and there it shall stay for this game. If you look on a real Las Vegas map, switch Sam’s Town and Gold Coast, and you’ll know where my brain was during city creation.)

Other points of interest, to date:
- Surrender (at Encore)
- The Sand Dollar Lounge (in the heart of Chinatown)
- Green Valley Motel (east of the Boulder Highway, in Henderson, on the way to Lake Mead)
- Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge
- City Hall
- Las Vegas Metro Police Department
- Blue Martini
- Fremont Street Experience
- Sunset Park
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Greater Las Vegas neighborhoods you may hear mention of:
- Henderson
- Anthem
- Boulder City
- Summerlin
- North Las Vegas
- Paradise

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