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Incidental Tourist

Why the property works, just the way it is.

As the Strip changes around it, rock-solid Circus Circus stays steady

October 8th, 2014

Why the property works, just the way it is.

  • “We’re not here to build a hotel and move on,” Sam Nazarian said at the pre-opening press conference. “This is who we are. And we’re ...

  • Somehow, among giants like the Linq, High Roller and Cromwell, this little slice of strange still belongs.

  • The hotel-within-a-hotel concept hasn’t exactly changed the game on the Strip. Could Delano change that?

  • "It’s all very pretty, embellished and ornate, but I can’t shake how Barbary Coast it still feels."

  • MGM Grand just finished refurbishing its 254-foot-tall, 94-foot-wide sign on Las Vegas Boulevard, retrofitting the big “MGM” letters with more than 13,000 custom-made LED pucks ...

  • In lieu of the tourist attractions of yesteryear (think: Sirens of Ti, the Bellagio Fountains), several properties are building shopping centers close to the Boulevard.

  • With its spiffy new look, the property's renovation is on par with those at the Tropicana and Downtown's Plaza and the D.

  • Much more than a renovation of the Sahara, SLS could have a larger impact on the Strip.

  • Robbed by the recession, we didn’t get to see what Las Vegas was supposed to be in 2013. The Incidental Tourist explores what the Strip ...

  • A&E

    “Las Vegas has truly become the world’s restaurant capital,” said celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. “Las Vegas has the best collection of celebrity restaurants and chefs ...

  • Business

    They fly into McCarran International Airport with their credit cards, their luggage and their plans to enjoy the type of fun only Las Vegas can ...

  • A&E

    Twinkies for breakfast and applauses that are "almost" better than sex. Almost.

  • Nightlife

    We all know that Oscar Goodman likes his gin martinis, but what about Carolyn?

  • Nightlife

    Plus, Jason Strauss hints at new Tao Group venues.

  • Film

    Having exhausted police and crime stories in LA, David Ayer tackles the unrelenting intensity of WW2 tank warfare.

  • Features

    How to ... Find your spirit cheese! Break an apple with your bare hands! Make the perfect mixtape! Speak teen! Our guide to becoming a ...

  • Music

    The former Van Halen singer will celebrate his birthday by rocking with his friends Downtown.

  • Dining

    It was like Disneyland, only with a beautiful burnt ends burrito.

  • Nightlife

    Leave it to Las Vegas nightlife to devise a way to throw pool parties in the winter.

  • Food

    The Chicago takeover continues with this fiery new Chinese restaurant.

  • Entertainment

    Jenna Marbles knows what your eyebrows mean.

  • Food

    Don't know how to attack the buffet? Let us show you the way.

  • Site Feature

    Some pits are fueled by natural gas or propane. Others can burn wood but use common sense: avoid burning on windy days because of blowing ...

  • Nightlife

    You don't have to sacrifice craft for what tourists crave at the Monte Carlo watering hole.

  • As We See It

    From discounts on ceremonies to matching bands, lucrative promos are being offered to LGBTQ couples wishing to wed.

  • As We See It

    Millionaire Chess: What happens when the "ancient sport" moves its pieces onto the Strip?

  • Features

    Some drinks stick with you—for their unexpected brilliance, their sheer decadence or their downright strangeness.

  • Dining

    There’s plenty of variety here, different styles of fried rice, bowls and sushi, along with salads and appetizers.

  • Music

    He got naked last time he played here. He's got an explanation.