Welcome to LasVegas360.com

July 3, 2011
Welcome to Fabulous  Las Vegas Nevada Sign

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign -photo taken: 2011. photo by: LasVegas360.com

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk down the world famous Las Vegas Strip? Now is your chance to take a virtual stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard, one of the most exciting streets in the world. Start at the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign and continue down the entire length of the Strip with complete 360 degree panoramic views. Be sure to stop at some of the newest and best hotels in Las Vegas including Bellagio, Wynn, Encore, Paris, Mandalay Bay and The Venetian. if you like gambling, try your luck at the various gambling establishments across the valley. From the video poker machines in the local 7-11’s to the High Roller tables at Caesars Palace. Smaller places have an All Slots Casino catering to the slot machine crowds. There are local joints, like my favorite PT’s Pub to the glamorous Bellagio, Paris and Wynn, Resorts, there is something for everyone. If you can’t make it to Las Vegas, and their are other options like Canadian Online Casinos and USA online slots.

Did you know? If you choose to play slots online for real money you will have an option to choose either $ £ € to receive your payout in. Australians will have the opportunity to play at online casinos in their preferred currency AUD.

Continue to the downtown area of Las Vegas, and don’t miss our 360 degree tour of Fremont Street. This street was where it all began, from a small railroad stop at the turn of the century to one of the brightest streets in the world. Fremont street was one of the best places to cruise in a convertible car for decades but now the street has been closed off to traffic and it is a pedestrian paradise lined with kiosks, souvenir shops and of course plenty of casinos.  Up above an arched steel canopy lights up the night sky with an animated, electronic show that spans the entire four blocks of Fremont Street. Further down Fremont Street is the newly developing non-gaming sector of  “Fremont East District” lined with Bars, Coffee shops and places to eat, including newly opened Container Park.

Want to see Harrah’s, Caesar’s and all the famous casinos? Then take a virtual stroll down Boulevard South. It may get you tempted to come over and play for real, in which case you may want to first read up on the top games first, see this article on roulette games here or on slot machines here to get started. Or get your practice in beforehand with some play at one of the many online casinos which welcome U.S. players.

Las Vegas Strip Virtual 360° Las Vegas Strip Tour: Part I (Welcome Sign – Bellagio)

Virtual 360° Las Vegas Strip Tour: Part II (Caesar’s – Treasure Island) 

Virtual 360° Las Vegas  Strip Tour: Part III (Fashion Show Mall – Stratosphere)

Downtown Virtual 360° Downtown Las Vegas Tour here

Mount Charleston / Lee Canyon Virtual 360° Lee Canyon Tour

Google Map of the Strip with VR Photos

Las Vegas History

For more information on casinos and gambling in Las Vegas, you should definitely visit World Casino Directory’s guide to Las Vegas — they are one of the oldest and largest gaming sites on the internet.

If you are more of a poker type, then you’ve probably wondered where to play online poker for real money. See what PokerUpdate.com has to say about the leading poker sites in the world. 

If you want to see what there is to do away from the casinos and bright lights take a panoramic peek at recreational areas like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Mt. Charleston and the quaint little town of Boulder City, the only town in the state where gambling remains illegal.  Las Vegas has something for everyone, shopping, food, entertainment, recreation at Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, and to get away from the heat, Mount Charleston offers hiking, camping, picnicking. There truly is something for everyone in Las Vegas from the glitz and glamor to the serene beauty of the Spring Mountains.

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On This Day: May 4, 1988: PEPCON Explosion and Fire

May 4, 2016
PEPCON Explosion 1988

PEPCON Explosion 1988

PEPCON Explosion and Fire

On this day May 4, 1988,  an explosion at the Pacific Engineering and Production Company of Nevada (PEPCON) perchlorate plant in Henderson, Nevada killed 2 people and injured 372.  A large portion of the Las Vegas Valley within a 10 mile radius of the plant was affected, and caused an estimated damage of $100 million to the surrounding area.

A total of seven explosions occurred involving various containers of ammonium perchlorate, with the two largest occurring in the drums, followed by the aluminum containers. These two explosions were measured at 3.0 and 3.5 on the Richter scale by the National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado, some 600 miles away. Over eight million pounds of perchlorate were consumed in the fire and explosions. A crater estimated at 15 feet deep and over 200 feet  wide was left in the storage area.

The nearby Kidd & Co. marshmallow plant was nearly destroyed and numerous homes, schools, and businesses suffered varying degrees of damage. Property damage to buildings other than the plant was estimated to be $74 million. Windows shattered as far as the Boulevard Mall and UNLV.

Clark County Fire Department Fire Investigators determined that sparks from a welder’s torch ignited the ammonium perchlorate. Poor housekeeping contributed to the fire and the resulting explosions.

The first explosion was the smallest and provided a warning to company employees to evacuate the complex. Two more detonations obliterated the property, but by then, all but two management members of the company had escaped.

After the explosion, the plant was renamed Western Electrochemical Co. and relocated to southern Utah. It operates now in Iron County, approximately 14 miles northwest of Cedar
City, Utah.

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On This Date: May 4, 2015 The Riviera Closes its doors

The Riviera Closes after 60 years

The Riviera Closes after 60 years

After barely 60 years on the Las Vegas Strip the classic Riviera Hotel and Casino will close forever today on May 4, 2015.  The hotel opened on April 20, 1955.  It was the first high-rise of 9 stories to open on the Las Vegas Strip.  The Riviera opened its doors on April 20th, 1955.  Liberace and his brother, George were the headliners and actress Joan Crawford was the official hostess.

The hotel had over 2,100 rooms and 110,000 sq. ft. casinoof gaming space.

In February of 2015, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority acquired the Riviera hotel and its land for $182.5 million. The hotel will be demolished to make way for a planned expansion of LVCVA’s Las Vegas Global Business District exhibit and meeting center project.

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Wall sized photo in the entrance of the hotel


Front of the Riviera side from the Las Vegas Strip



“No Ifs and or butts


Valet entrance from Las Vegas Blvd.


The Entrance of the Riviera from the Strip


The Pool at the Riviera



South side of the Riviera stretching from Las Vegas Blvd. to Paradise Rd.


The Riviera having its 60th Anniversary


Looking at the north end of the hotel from the Las Vegas Strip heading south

Photos by: LasVegas360.com
Date Taken: May 2, 2015

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On this Day May 3, 1999 The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino Opened on the Las Vegas Strip

May 3, 2016

Venetian Las-Vegas opened on May 3, 1999

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and resort located on the Las Vegas Strip.on the site of the hotel is 36 stories high and rises 475 feet and was built on the on Sands Hotel made famous by the Rat Pack. The hotel opened on May 3, 1999. The design of the hotel uses Venice, Italy, as its design inspiration and features architectural replicas of various Venetian landmarks, including the Palazzo Ducale, Piazza San Marco, Piazzetta di San Marco, the Lion of Venice Column and the Column of Saint Theodore, St Mark’s Campanile, and the Rialto Bridge. At the opening, it was one of the most expensive hotels constructed at a cost of over 1.5 billion dollars.

The Venetian resort complex with Sands Expo Convention Center and The Palazzo Hotel and Casino Resort is the world’s second-largest hotel, with 4,049 rooms, 3,068 suites with a 120,000-square-footcasino.

Photo: Creative Commons – Ricky Barnard

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On This Date: May 3, 1844 John C Fremont Camps at the Las Vegas Springs

John C. Fremont

John C. Fremont camped at the Las Vegas Springs on May 3, 1844

On This Date, May 3, 1844 John C. Fremont led an overland expedition west and camped at Las Vegas Springs. His name is remembered today in neon as well as museums and history books. The Fremont Hotel-Casino in Downtown Las Vegas bears his name as does Fremont Street.

The credit of discovering Las Vegas  goes to an experienced young scout, Rafael Rivera. In 1829 was traveling with a 60 man party who veered off the main route of the Old Spanish Trail. A scouting party rode west in search of water.  Rivera separated from the scout party and ventured into the unexplored desert. Within two weeks, he discovered Las Vegas Springs. The actually date of Rivera’s discover is unknown.

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On This Date: April 30, 1996, The Stratosphere Las Vegas Opens

April 30, 2016
Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas

Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas at 1,149 feet tall.

Stratosphere Las Vegas is a tower, hotel, and casino located on Las Vegas Boulevard just north of the Las Vegas Strip. Its tower is also the tallest observation tower, and the 9th-tallest freestanding structure in the United States, as well as being the tallest structure in Las Vegas.

The Stratosphere was conceived by Bob Stupak as an addition to his Vegas World casino. At the conception of the project, one of the planned rides was to be a giant ape that would carry riders up and down on one of the tower’s columns. The original plans envisioned the Stratosphere exceeding the height of the CNN Tower at 1,815 ft., making it the world’s tallest freestanding structure at that time. However, due to possible interference with nearby McCarran International Airport, and any possible flights that come through Las Vegas, the Tower’s proposed height shrank multiple times, bringing it to its current height of 1,149 ft. On August 29, 1993, the Tower caught fire while still under construction. No one was injured, but the fire forced repairs and rebuilding that led to numerous delays in the construction of the Tower.

For the latest information on The Stratosphere including rides, restaurants and bookings, you can check out The Stratosphere at World Casino Directory.

Photo By:  Timjarrett at en.wikipedia
Date Taken: November 2003

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