The Minimalist Traveller

Skip the Strip in Las Vegas – what not to miss in Downtown Las Vegas!

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The reason most of the people go to Las Vegas – casinos, parties or getting married. If you choose to stay on the strip, chances are, you don’t even have to leave your hotel or resort to do any of that. But Las Vegas is so much more that just the touristy and artificial strip. It has an amazing downtown that sets you straight back to fifties. So, skip the strip and make your way to downtown. The Old Las Vegas (downtown) is just a nice walk from Stratosphere and you will pass a lot of wedding chapels and bail bond offices on the way.

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Our first trip to Las Vegas and we chose to stay right between the strip and downtown – to be able to experience both. Next time – we would stay in downtown.

Las Vegas, downtown, Old Las Vegas, Fremont Street, streetlife, street, streets of Las VegasHere is my list in random order of what not to miss in downtown Las Vegas:

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The Downtown Container Park on Fremont East
It’s a sustainable shopping attraction, built from old shipping containers and filed with all kind of boutiques, bars, eateries, outdoor spaces and galleries. You will be greeted by a huge metal praying mantis. It’s well hidden behind the padlock heart on the picture 🙂

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The Las Vegas Arts District
It’s a common misconception that Las Vegas has no culture or arts to offer. Make your way to the Arts District and enjoy the mix of independent businesses like vintage clothing boutiques, antique stores, art galleries, hair salons and variety of restaurants. This classic urban mix of of residential, commercial and cultural uses is located between Fremont East Entertainment district and the Stratosphere.

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The El Cortez Hotel and Casino on Fremont East
Still a favourite with the locals it’s the longest continuously-running hotel and casino in Vegas and recently named to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Rest of the Fremont street
This historic stretch of Las Vegas is all about classic neon marquees, gift shops, the casino corridor and Fremont Street Experience, a pedestrian walkway closed to traffic and covered by an overhead canopy. You can zip line off a giant slot machine, take a photo of the famous Vegas Vic, watch the videos on the ceiling and enjoy nightly light shows.

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Fremont street is also still hosting many famous casinos like Binion’s Horseshoe, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, Golden Nugget and Four Queens.

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And last, walk up or down the Fremont street and learn about the history of Las Vegas 🙂

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If you want the alternative and authentic Vegas, the one that has soul, charm and character, skip the strip and head to downtown. Wander around the streets, enjoy the street art and neon signs, have coffee or lunch in one of the many cozy cafes or restaurants, zip down the SlotZilla Zip Line, go to the concerts or visit some museums. You’ll love it! 🙂

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