I've been to Las Vegas more times than I can count in my short 6 years living in the US – I love it (in small doses) it's kitschy and fun and more than a little silly – it can also be extremely glamorous. The first time I visited it was not exactly how I expected. I thought it would be a lot more kitschy and a lot seedier. It turns out I was just in the wrong part of town.
On this trip I made it down to Downtown Vegas – about a 15 minute drive to the farthest end of the strip. The main thoroughfare is Fremont Street, featuring some of the oldest casinos in Vegas (including the old and apparently "loose" slots!) and a ton of fantastic neon signs, which obviously I was gagging to photograph.
In more recent years the area has undergone a "rehabiliation" and named "The Fremont Experience" – making the area a little less seedy than it likely was a few years ago. Part of the areas rehab includes a giant canopy over Fremont street featuring hourly light shows. There's also a zip line running down the middle of the street for the very brave! But not to worry, there are still elements of sleaze, a Brett Michaels impersonator complete with skanky ho for example, more showgirls than you can shake a stick at and a very odd gyrating panda. (I have no idea either)
On the drive back to the main strip from Downtown Vegas there are some definite stops to make. That end of the strip features many of the infamous chapels, including The Little White Chapel (where Mr Style and I got married!)
At Las Vegas Boulevard at East Oakey there is a legendary frozen custard stand (that was unfortunately closed when we attempted a visit) called Luv-It Frozen Custard – and a super old school diner called 'White Cross Drugs'. A little further up the strip a stop at Bonanza the Worlds Largest Gift Store is also worth a gander. They sell packs of cards used in the casinos for $1.50 a pack – naming the hotel, table, game and date played – a nice little Vegas memento!
What's your favourite Vegas stop?