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The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian in Las Vegas
You'll think you're in Italy
Go up the escalator from the ground floor of the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas and you'll encounter something peculiar. Looking upward, you'll notice a beautifully perfect blue sky and the sound of violins playing in the distance. Could it be? Have you been involved in a terrible accident and now you're ascending into heaven? Nope, you're just at the Grand Canal Shoppes.
This shopping and dining area was modeled after Venice, and yes it does include a canal with gondola rides. Although the new shopping areas in CityCenter might put up some competition, the Grand Canal Shoppes is currently the most exquisite shopping experience in all of Las Vegas.
What stores are at the Grand Canal Shoppes?
For those of you interested in shopping, the Grand Canal Shoppes caters to the finer tastes. For clothing, they've got Banana Republic, Kenneth Cole, Lior, Paige Premium Denim, Ann Taylor, Herve Leger, bebe, Marshall Rousso and many more. There are also many shoe stores and sports apparel and fitness stores, along with an oxygen bar.
One of the things I love about Grand Canal Shoppes is the specialty stores. There are dozens of stores that have things you won't find anywhere else. Do you want armor worn by a Roman soldier 2,000 years ago? Probably not, but if you did and you had a big enough wallet you could at the Grand Canal Shoppes. I love to just look around stores like Ancient Creations, Peter Lik Gallery, and Jack Gallery. It's like a museum without the admission fee.
How to get to the Grand Canal Shoppes
As I stated before, the Grand Canal Shoppes are located in The Venetian Hotel and Casino, which is located near the top of the main part of the Las Vegas Strip. If you're down at Luxor or MGM or that area, it's about a 40-50 minute walk to get to The Venetian. I recommend either a Las Vegas taxi, which will still take you about 15-20 minutes in heavy traffic and cost $8-$10, or better yet get a pass on the Deuce bus, which will cost less than $10 for an unlimited 24-hour pass. The Deuce can also get you to the Venetian from Fremont Street and vice versa.