- By Kevin
- On Jun 13, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Globerouter.com offer you the Las Vegas tours guide. What you can expect in Las Vegas downtown? Once the thriving gambling district of Las Vegas, the downtown area used to be the city’s busiest locale until the late 1980s, when an entrepreneur gathered the crowds to the Strip – which remains the city’s main thoroughfare today.
Nevertheless, downtown Las Vegas hasn’t been forgotten. For starters, it is now home to the sought-after and historic casinos of Fremont Street, including the Moulin Rouge, the first racially integrated casino-hotel in the city, as well as the Fremont Street Experience, the world’s largest audio-video system which consists of a multisensory light and sound show connecting over two million lights. Downtown Las Vegas also has its own Arts District, encompassing several art galleries, studios and stores offering a vast selection of collectibles. Not to mention the many museums scattered around the neighborhood, like the Natural History Museum, the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum and the Art Deco-inspired Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Many of these buildings offer exceptional architecture, from Spanish-mission to deconstructionist and mid-century modern – an attraction in itself! Thrill-seekers will also enjoy the presence of Slotzilla, a series of two zip lines (77 feet and 114 feet) and, alternatively, the infamous Heart Attack Grill and its quadruple bypass hamburgers or the shark tank at the Gold Nugget. All of this serves as the ultimate proof that Las Vegas, and downtown Las Vegas specifically, isn’t just about gambling and late nights out—although it is part of the fun!
Downtown Las Vegas is located just north of the Las Vegas Strip, bordered I-15 on the west, Washington Avenue on the north, Maryland Parkway on the east and Sahara Avenue on the south. It is possible to reach downtown Las Vegas by car via Interstate 15 and Route 95, as well as by bus with the rapid-transit link traveling between the Strip, downtown Las Vegas and the Convention Center.
Your 2-hour walking tour begins when you meet your guide on the famed Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. Located in the heart of downtown’s Casino Corridor, Fremont Street can be spotted in famous Las Vegas photos and film scenes. On this 1.5-mile (2.5-km) tour, you’re also bound to learn things you didn’t even imagine existed off the Strip, let alone Las Vegas. Discover the joys of randomness found in this part of town: a piece of the Berlin Wall in a men’s bathroom, a 19th-century chandelier from the San Francisco Opera House and 1870s street lamps from Brussels. Check out where Old Blue Eyes and the rest of the Rat Pack used to hang out and walk under the Fremont Street Experience’s canopy of lights in a pedestrian mall. Stop in front of the Las Vegas Club, the Golden Gate and Binion's and snap a photo of the quirkiest wedding chapel in town. You might even spot Pawn Stars’ toy appraiser, Johnny Jimenez, tinkering around at the Toy Shack. For an example in the art of urban revitalization, visit the Fremont East Entertainment District, home to dozens of new restaurants, galleries, entertainment venues and attractions.
Explore the Container Park, a shopping and entertainment center built from shipping containers and see the old City Hall, which has been turned into the Zappos headquarters. By the end of the tour you’ll have a fantastic overview of this fascinating corner of Las Vegas. Love the show Pawn Stars? Upgrade your 2-hour walking tour to add a 30-minute walk past historic chapels and city buildings to the Gold & Silver Pawn store made famous by History Channel's popular television show Pawn Stars. If you’re lucky, you might just see Rick, The Old Man, Big Hoss and Chumlee making a deal!