There’s no reason not to spend your hard earned vacation hours on a trip to Downtown Las Vegas. You’ll experience all the things you love about Sin City—the gambling, food, the lights—as well as a more authentic, downsized experience that will help you see past the glitz and glam facade and into the real people that work to make Las Vegas such a special place.

 

The Gambling

 

Everyone knows that slot machines are everywhere—it was the first thing you saw after you got off the plane. Downtown is where the gambling all started. The Golden Gate was the first Las Vegas hotel and casino, and you can still play a hand of poker there today. If you love a quick hand of Blackjack the Fremont Street Experience casinos or the El Cortez can satisfy your gaming needs.

 

The History

 

If learning more about the Vegas roots is your thing, downtown is the place to do it.

 

  • The Mob Museum lets you into the inner ranks of the mob’s organized crime. Stealing money, murdering traitors, and corrupting everyone on their climb to the top… it’s an in depth look at the fascinating history that makes Vegas what it is today.
  • The Neon Museum collects retired neon signs from around Vegas and they’re displayed in their “Boneyard.” This outdoor tour shows you just how Vegas has evolved through the ages with larger than life lights.
  • The Atomic Test Museum tells the story of America’s obsession with nuclear weapons testing and the atomic culture that sprang up around it. Did you know that Vegas tourists used to sit on top of roofs and watch the atomic blasts miles north? Here you can experience a simulation of an atomic test and even learn about the mysterious Area 51.

 

The Food and Drink

 

Downtown is really the up and coming place for the tastiest eats. Anything you’re craving, you can probably find it around here. Small locally owned restaurants like those listed below make affordable food that’s unique, fresh and delicious.

 

  • Eat
  • Glutton
  • Itsy Bitsy: Ramen and Whisky
  • La Comida
  • Le Thai
  • Vegenation
  • Zydeco Po-Boys
  • Park on Fremont
  • Cheffini’s Hot Dogs
  • Chow
  • Smashed Pig Gastropub

 

The Sights

 

Downtown Las Vegas is bursting with beautiful murals painted on nearly every building you see. The Arts District, an 18 block zone for art and culture, has several art galleries for a relaxing day taking in the sights. Look ahead to see if there’s an event happening during your visit. If your vacation falls on the first week of the month, don’t miss the First Friday Art Walk!

The Shopping

 

Downtown has tons of places to shop small. The Downtown Container Park is an open air shopping mall full of different boutiques for food, clothing, decor and more. There’s even a hair salon and wedding chapel! Also, don’t miss 11th Street Records, The Writer’s Block bookstore and The Beat Coffeehouse and Records Store.

 

No matter what you choose to do, Downtown Las Vegas is an ideal place to take a vacation. Here you’ll experience the real culture of Las Vegas’s people, and you won’t be overcharged for a hotel on this side of town.

 

Your vacation to Vegas could be a fraction of the cost you’ll spend on the Strip, especially if you stay at the Downtowner Motel. With rooms starting at just $25 a night, your friendly Downtowner Motel provides a great place to splurge on fun, not money in Downtown Las Vegas.