Out and About in Downtown Las Vegas
Follow the Las Vegas Strip north and you’ll find yourself in downtown Vegas, the “original Las Vegas”. In the 1930’s (long before there was a Vegas Strip) the construction of the Hoover Dam drew thousands of workers to this part of the city. Casinos and showgirl venues quickly followed the workers and Vegas, as we know it today, was born.
The retro charm of Vegas and its colourful history lives on in this part of town. You’ll also find museums, shopping, restaurants, casinos, and more neon signs than your camera can handle. There’s no shortage of things to discover in downtown Vegas.
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The Neon Museum
When the Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 it supplied Las Vegas with cheap hydroelectricity. Flashing neon signs quickly began lighting up the town and became a defining part of the cityscape. Today, the neon lights of Las Vegas are laid to rest at The Neon Museum.
More than 800 signs from Vegas establishments are laid out chronologically through the different eras of the city. Beginning with signs from the 1930’s to those from recently closed hotels and casinos. Each sign has a unique story to tell about the history, characters and establishments that have shaped Sin City. Come at night and bring your camera for this one – The Neon Museum is a truly unique photo op. Visit The Neon Museum website for all the info on tickets and tours.
Just up the road from Las Vegas Premium Outlets is the historic Fremont Street district. After “The Strip”, it’s the most iconic street in Las Vegas. Fremont was the first paved street in Vegas and is home to many historic venues, including Vegas’ first hotel, the Hotel Nevada. What started as a street is now a seven block pedestrian area with an abundance of casinos and neon signs. A short walk around Fremont and you’ll see why locals call this area “glitter gulch”.
After the sun goes down the star of the show is Viva Vision. The world’s largest video screen stretches for more than 450 metres above the Fremont pedestrian walkway. As you walk through you’ll be covered in a canopy of more than 12 million LED lamps. Special Viva Vision shows happen every night of the week on the hour. Very extra, very Vegas.