We stayed on and moved around the strip for several days gambling, eating and taking in all the beautiful new hotels with their features. However, we drove to the Fremont area, downtown and found a much quieter atmosphere, cheaper food & beverages and better gambling. The minimums were smaller and the odds were often better. Most craps tables had better odds and there were single deck blackjack tables with low minimums.
While the strip is more glamourous and loaded with things to see, once you've seen everything, reality sets in. On my next trip to Vegas, I'll stay downtown. I'll report back to you and let you know how it was.
I travel to Las Vegas about twice a year for business. And with each trip, I injoy a visit to the downtown core, Freemont St. at least for one evening.
Last time in Vegas, I was travelling alone and didn't want to hand over the 20 bucks for a taxi, so I jumped on the city bus, ($2.00).
It was packed, hot and smelly thanks to a fellow who (I swear) just filled his pants. Half an hour of holding my breath, I was on Freemont St. and eger to see Buckwheat Zydaco & Dr. John.
Both bands where to play (according to the advertising) Friday and Saturday. Turns out they are playing only Saturday. So, not wanting to repeat the bus experience, I grap a taxi, the driver misses my exit and trys to stick me with a $28.00 bill. I gave him 20 bucks and told him to buy a map.
Favorite thing: Excalibur was once the biggest hotel and casino in Vegas in terms of number of rooms. But that was more than 10 years ago. Excalibur has distinct archtecture. Its colorful castles can be seen from far away. But I think these castles are just decorations. You cannot really live or gamble there.
Favorite thing: Inside the Golden Nugget Casino, there's a display of all the gold nuggets the casino collected over the years, including the largest piece in public display in the world. It weighs more than 60 pounds, and was discovered only 6 inches below the surface using a metal detector. It's called "The Hand of Faith" because it's shaped like a hand.
A few times a night, Binion Horseshoe presents a free "Honky Tonk Cowgirls" show to bring the crowds into their casino. These cute girls singing and dancing among farm tools doesn't convince me they are real cowgirls. I'm not sure they can milk the cow. Well, we all have to start somewhere.
Binion Horseshoe is one of the oldest casinos in Vegas. They are the home of the original "World Series of Poker". Now Poker is more popular than ever. You see poker games broadcast on TV as sports or travel program all the time.
Binions Horseshoe Downtown. Great place to gamble, great steaks, affordable prices for food in the Coffee Shop and they used to take a FREE picture of you in front of the Million Dollars. I'm not sure if they still do.
Fondest memory: Gambling.
visit the Fashion Show Mall area....
DON'T FORGET to check out Fremont Street too. This interesting area consists of FIVE city blocks of mobile entertainment stages and roaming street performers.
The most happening timings? From 7 PM to 11PM nightly. Be there... or be square! Catch a glimpse of the steel canopy over Fremont Street come alive with a sound and light show beginning at dusk and... and... continuing every hour on the hour until midnight. Awesome.
Favorite thing: Under the big tent of Fremont Street Experience there are street musicians entertaining the crowd. The guy shown in photo writes and plays his own tunes. He sells his CD on the spot too.