Why Go Downtown To The Real Las Vegas?
Speaking factually, Las Vegas, the city, is located north of Sahara Avenue, except to the west where city limits dip a little lower. The Fremont Street area is usually thought of as the real Las Vegas. This is where it all started on May 15, 1905 with the auction of 1200 lots. The city was not actually incorporated until March 16, 1911.
The Strip is actually located in Clark County and parts of Winchester and Paradise, unincorporated areas. The Strip runs from Mandalay Bay/Four Seasons south to SLS at Sahara to the north.
So, the question remains, why should we go downtown? There are probably lots of reasons people may give, but, for one thing it is totally different than the Strip. It has a large fan base.
The major casinos are all contained within about 4 short blocks, and most are under the canopy. If you choose to stay downtown, you don’t need any transportation and there are plenty of places to eat, good and bad, and gift shops. There are also special attractions, such as Slotzilla, an incredible zip line ride. Check it out here.
A major draw to the downtown area is the canopy Viva light show. See it here.
Gambling tens to be better downtown. The slots have higher payouts on average and the table games have better rules and lower minimums.
There is usually a good supply of buskers (celebrity impersonators) downtown. You may see Elvis, Spiderman, Darth Vader, Michael Jackson, and who knows who else. Always fun to take a photo with one of these. And, there are many free concerts throughout the year.
If you have never taken the time to visit the real Las Vegas, it’s worth the short trip.