The history behind the city of Las Vegas is unique and interesting. Built on little more than a handful of dreams and desert sand, with a darker past that includes gangsters and racketeering, it is now a mecca for conventions, weddings and weekend escapes.
Consistently one of the top travel destinations in the United States, it seems like there’s a new hotel or resort popping up daily. And while those new hotels are amazing, don’t forget about the historic hotels that made Vegas what it is today. If you’re looking for rat pack style and the glamour of days gone by, consider staying at one of these legendary places on your next trip to the City of Lights. Here are the must-visit historic hotels of Las Vegas so you can party like Questlove and Miley Cyrus.
The first resort style hotel on the Vegas strip, Caesars Palace opened in 1966 as an opulent and luxurious vacation stop for the rich and famous. It was considered a premium showplace for entertainers from all over the world, including Evel Knieval, who staged a jump over the hotel’s fountains in 1967.
The hotel has added several towers and done extensive remodeling over the years, and remains a premiere setting for the glitz and glam of Vegas shows. Its central location makes it a popular getaway, and the Forum Shops have everything from high-end designers to mainstream retail stores.