The Luxor: Uncovering Ancient Egypt and Exploring the Strip

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

If a holiday to Las Vegas is in your cards, then why not up the ante and book a stay at the Luxor Hotel and Casino? The Las Vegas strip is filled with wall-to-wall neon and behemoth mega-resorts, but in all that glitz, glamour and postmodern special effects the Luxor Hotel and Casino towers above the competition in its sheer architectural marvel and ingenuity. It is the most universally recognized hotel on the Vegas strip. Designed by Veldon Simpson, the Luxor is a 30-story, pyramid shaped hotel. The hotel is 11 meters high, and it contains over 4000 rooms. The Luxor Hotel takes it moniker from the ancient city in Egypt. To further accentuate the Egyptian ambiance, the Luxor also features a giant replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza. However, the Luxor’s most famous attribute is its high-powered spotlight. Shooting directly out of the top of the pyramid, it is said that this fixed beam is the brightest in the world and visible from outer space. Whether this is true or not is up for debate. However, there is no doubt it can be seen from the crowded markets in Cairo.

After you marvel at the Luxor’s architectural innovation like an archaeologist uncovering an ancient city, it is time to explore the rest of Las Vegas.

1. Start your journey by visiting another famous city. If you have never had a chance to ride the Chunnel and visit the City of Lights, then a trip to Paris is essential. There is a replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. Ride a 460-foot elevator to the top of the tower and be rewarded with a majestic, panoramic view of Las Vegas. Wearing a beret is optional, but be sure to have your camera ready.

2. Explore Freemont Street and uncover the beauty of vintage Las Vegas. Before the arrival of the mega-casinos, Freemont was the heart of the action. This is the old Las Vegas. Nicknamed Glitter Gulch in the old days, Freemont Street is home to such iconic casinos as the Golden Nugget, Mint and Eldorado Club.

3. Is it time for lunch? When it comes to cuisine, Las Vegas has come a long way. There is more to Vegas than cheap buffets. Spago, Coyote Café and Emeril’s are great foodie destinations. Emeril’s is located in the MGM Grand, and it is an excellent place to stop for lunch. It is a Cajun and Creole style restaurant, and it serves up the best seafood in Vegas.

After lunch, head back to the Luxor. It is time to hit the blackjack tables. Good luck will have you living like a Pharaoh in no time.

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