Our recommendations of what to do while in town include:
Explore Downtown: Downtown Las Vegas has totally changed since I first visited there in the 1980’s. The Fremont Street Experience is a large 24-hour mall featuring a huge LED canopy, casinos and restaurants and free entertainment. Make sure to stop in at the historic Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino.
Mob Museum: Located on the north side of downtown at 300 Stewart Ave., this is a fascinating museum offering a look at the history of the Mafia in America and the effect of the Mob on the history of Las Vegas. Being from Kansas City area and now in Chicago, I enjoyed learning about the Mob influence in both of these cities as well as in other cities in the US. Make sure to try out their new Underground working distillery and authentic speakeasy. It is open after museum hours. Here you can learn about the history of prohibition while sipping on a cocktail!
Neon Museum: This is one of my favorite new finds. I loved visiting the “boneyard” where I could see old signs from the Golden Nugget, Riviera, Sahara and other Vegas historic properties. I am so glad they are being preserved. I also visited the North Gallery where they have more on view including Binion’s, Caesar’s Palace and The Lady Luck. 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North.
There is also the Restored Las Vegas Neon Signs Tour where you can see nine fully restored neon signs that are lighted nightly along Las Vegas Blvd. from Sahara Ave on the south to Washington Ave. on the north.
Shoppers will love the many great specialty retail stores on The Strip. Don’t miss the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace with 160 specialty stores and restaurants, The Bellagio Shops, the new The Shops at Crystals and the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian and Palazzo.
Catch a show: From several Cirque du Soleil shows and concerts by top headliners to magic shows, dance clubs and musicals, Las Vegas has some great entertainment opportunities. You can even find music in many of the hotel bars. My favorite experience many years ago was seeing Frank Sinatra at Caesars Palace, right in front at the front table. It was magical!
You can also book hiking tours, tours of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam.Antique Alley: Just south of downtown is Antique Alley which in the same area as the Las Vegas Arts District. South of Charleston Blvd. East along Main St., here you will find approximately 20 antique, vintage and consignment stores.