Before the Las Vegas Strip gave itself an extreme makeover — high rises, themed resorts, and giant casinos — a classic Vegas hotel casino stood on the property now occupied by the Venetian. The Sands was an iconic early Vegas destination, made popular by the “Rat Pack,” that team of entertainers who originally made Vegas cool: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. Today, the Venetian shows off Vegas’ new cool. The hotel has recreated Venice, complete with canals and gondolas. Visitors staying at the hotel enjoy some of the Las Vegas’ finest accommodations, and visitors who simply want to walk around will find a visual feast, wandering performers, and (of course) gondola rides.
Photo of the Las Vegas sign courtesy of Ashley Mikulik
Photo of the Venetian courtesy of Ken Lund