Is it safe to walk the Strip to the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas?

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The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower opened in 1996 and is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.  Viewable for miles around with its 900-foot tall tower.  It sits in the city of Las Vegas, a half-mile north of  Sahara Avenue on the Las Vegas Boulevard.  Depending on who you talk to, some will say it’s on the Las Vegas Strip while others say the Las Vegas Strip ends at Saraha Avenue. Either way, it’s on the Las Vegas Boulevard tourist corridor!

The short answer is: YES. It’s safe to walk to the Stratosphere resort from the Las Vegas Strip* !

Because it’s not surrounded by the glitz and glamour of its neighboring resorts, the Internet trolls like to scare people away from visiting the resort.  Making it sound like the half-mile walk to the resort is in the Chicago hood or you have to go through gangland or something worse.  You don’t. It’s as safe here as the rest of the Strip is.

Do not go near Naked City!

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Yes, it’s safe to walk to the Stratosphere, But…

Crossing Sahara Avenue from the Las Vegas Strip puts you into the actual city of Las Vegas. This section of the Boulevard isn’t as fancy, yet has the same issues and situations you have walking in front of the Bellagio or any other part of the tourist corridor.

Be safe and vigilant as always and you are fine.  (*) The issue comes when you get to the Stratosphere and you want to go exploring.  Don’t!  The area behind the Stratosphere is known as “Naked City”  and its an area tourists should avoid.

The apartments behind the tower were places the showgirls of yesteryear lived, out of the sight of the average Las Vegas tourist. In order to maintain that famous all over tan, they reportedly had the habit of lounging around the apartment pools au naturale/topless/naked. That’s how the area got its nickname name, naked city.

Naked City Las Vegas

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Today?  Not so much.  Today, Naked City is where you would go to find things you can’t find easily on the strip and things that could land you in dangerous situations or even a night or two in the city jail…  This is low-income housing, government assistance, and welfare occupants. Something every major city has.

So the walk to the Stratosphere and its front entrance is safe, that’s good.  Walking back behind the resort is not.  That’s bad. I use the parking garage as the demarcation line.  Stay in front of that and all is well…

The problem with Vegas crime stories you read or hear about is that Las Vegas is an international tourist destination.  As such, we are always being closely watched by the worldwide media.  So our issues get amplified more than other cities with the same population and demographics.  The international spotlight is always on us.

When you view the city crime maps, the area behind the Stratosphere does have its share of high crime rates, mostly domestic violence and disturbing the peace.  Same issues as any other areas of the same demographics have.  While the area in front of the Stratosphere share similarities of crime that you would find around the Paris or Flamingo Resort. Pickpockets, disturbing the peace, etc…

Always Play It Safe

As with any part of a tourist town or tourist corridor, you need to play it safe.  Always be observant of your surroundings and don’t get too flashy in clothing or possessions.  Lock the backpacks, keep wallets and purses close to the body, under the arms. Walk with other people you can associate with and don’t get into a game of three-card Monty with someone looking like their last bath was with the last rainstorm!

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Mark Anthony is The Vegas Tourist! Popular Tourism Ambassador, a frequent contributor to Las Vegas forums as well as travel media and bloggers. Loves to help people discover new things to see, do and experience while visiting Las Vegas and Beyond!


  1. The area behind the stratosphere is the hood but we walked back there and went to the 711… there was a police car sitting in the parking lot so I’m sure they know the area can be a little sketchy for some people

  2. My parents (from England) walked from Circus Circus to Fremont Street. I told them to get the bus. Lol! 🙂

  3. I heard that if you get 5 people repost this post that Bill Gates will grant you 500 shares of Microsoft. People say…..

  4. there are people on YouTube that think the world is flat…

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