Places to Avoid, Las Vegas
As fun and exciting Las Vegas may be to many. There are many areas you need to always be aware of. Vegas has tried to make this area as safe as they can, but you need to be responsible for your own safety too. Fremont Street is exciting and fun, but I would recommend you stay within the confines of the main strip. When myself and my hubby ventured along Fremont street enjoying the Neon Displays they had along in the middle of the street, it was sort of outside the confines of the main area and we were a little uncomfortable. Although, we did not encure any trouble, but just something to think about. You should always keep that in mind even when in the parking garages on Fremont Street and the Las Vegas Strip
Stay in lighted areas and do not wonder off in areas you are not familiar with.
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Like in any other big city, pay attention when you go to downtown Las Vegas to avoid dark and deserted places. Stick to main roads and busy places.
On the Strip you won't be having this experience, because there seem to be people everywhere on the Strip.
Originally, Treasure Island had a really cool pirate show, where pirates fight against the Britts. However, the show was changed last summer, which reopened October 26, 2003. This show is the worst show I have ever seen anywhere! There are not enough negative words to describe this show.
Treasure Island tried to add sex appeal to their show, but what they did was ruin the entire show altogether. Pirates battle (if you call it that) against the Sirens (from Homer's: The Odyssey). We are not talking about awesome sword play, but more like carefully clinging swords together in a gaylike fashion. There are a few special effects here and there, but not enough to make a difference. After the battle is over, all the characters bust out with some type of poorly choreographed dance routine; which they dance to some terrible loud music; which is played by one of the Sirens on the steal drums.
Just about the entire time I was there, I was thinking to myself, "I can't wait for this show to be over," which never seemed to end. And the worse part is, once you start watching, there is no way of escape. Everyone was packed into the show like sardines or fans at a Mexican soccer game (you get my point). And once the show was over, mass chaos in trying to get free. It must have taken us 20 minutes of pushing, kicking, screaming, and farting, to go 100 feet. Luckily I had my two-year old son in a stroller to run people over with.
Do yourself the biggest favor and skip this one. And don?t go just so you can write your own Virtual Tourist page. To make matters worse, Treasure Island took down their most famous skull & crossbones sign and changed it with a digital screen formed together by the lowercase letters of "t" & "i." This is another big mistake, because you can hardly make out what's on the screen. I?ll bet some people are going to loose their jobs over these new disasters.
In conclusion, don't go!!!
However, if you somehow feel compelled to go, the show times are as follows:
5:30pm / 7pm / 8:30pm / 10pm ? 7 days a week
the Fremont st. experience is bright,exciting,alluring,and beautiful. It is also in the heart of downtown which is a very dangerous area after dark(and usually before as well).If you find yourself there,stay on fremont st. and if you're heading to the strip leaving downtown, stay on las vegas blvd. The side streets in the downtown area are very gang-infested and most eastern cities seem tame. It is not a joke so stay on Fremont st. all the way to las vegas blvd. and take a left towards the strip and be cautious until you get to desert inn blvd. then you can relax.
Pittman is about 2.5-3 miles from downtown but there are resorts in this area that draw tourists as well. I grew up in this area and saw many tourists get robbed and worse.If you visit the Skyline casino or the Joker's wild,fine,just stay on the main highway.Get a street map and find the triangle area between boulder hwy.,sunset rd.,and pabco rd. and x it out. Not a tourist friendly place!!
I just visited Las Vegas for the first time in 25 years. If you go to Fremont street use the bus, shuttle or taxi. I used the bus and was surprised how from the Stratosphere to Fremont Street was not a place I would walk at night. I would not wonder to far from Fremont street on foot. There are a lot of gangs in the area and do not carry more than you can afford to lose to the slot machine or being mugged. I did not have any problems but be careful when traveling.
North Las Vegas- North of downtown- is probably the worst place in Vegas. Or al least it was when I lived there. There's NOTHING to see there so just don't go! That's where most of the gang activity occurs in the city and the most violence.
If it has changed please let me know!
Thankfully I can say that I have never been to eat at the buffet at Terrible's, but I have done lots of research into web sites, which many people have left feedback regarding their visit. They have said that the school cafeteria is much better and that you are better off going to McDonalds, which actually there is one located inside Terrible's. Some said, "The name speaks for itself." Another person said, "They must have come up with the name of the place after an eating in the buffet." If you couldn’t careless about what food tastes like, then you will probably want to visit here, because there prices are quite reasonable. If you are going to gamble with your life at Terrible's, then you will want to get the best offer. In the Entertainment Book, there are "3" buy-1-get-1-free coupons. Here is the following prices of the buffet:
~ Breakfast: $4.99 (7am - 10am)
~ Lunch: $6.99 (11am - 3pm)
~ Sunday champagne lunch brunch: $8.99
~ Dinner (Thursday): $12.99 (4pm - 10pm) This is a seafood brunch!
~ Dinner (Fri. - Wed.): $9.99 (4pm - 10pm)
Terrible's is located at 4100 Paradise Rd. on the corner of Flamingo Ave. & Paradise Rd., on the east side of Las Vegas Blvd. Its not to far from the strip.
~ Ezekiel 16:27
At night avoid the side where the Flamingo is I was approached by a very disrespectful young man and it took a lot for me not to slap the spit out of him. For some reason that side of the street has a lot of hustlers. Even in the daytime some of the salesman over on that side of the street were very rude. They call people names and make fun of them if they don't buy what they are selling.
This is why I prefer to walk where Ceasars, Bellagio, Mirage, Treasure Island side of the street. The Ballys and Bill's Gambling Hall and saloon area is not to bad either.
The distance from the Strip to Fremont street is about 10-15 miles. We went there by bus, but first we were planning to walk there. Walking there is not the safest way to get there, the distance is not so long but the the neighborhoods looks like ***(allthough from the window of the bus). And in the Fremont street we decided to look around the area nearby. Only to blocks away from fremont we decided to go back. And all this was in day time!
I've lived in Vegas for a year now and feel I can share a little bit of what I've learned. No matter where you are in the city you really need to be vigilant, as crime can happen anywhere. If you're planning to go to the main strip area (Caesar's Palace, Bellagio, Mirage, Treasure Island, etc), you should be pretty safe as long as you stay on the boulevard. Don't go down the alleys or side streets as a lot of drug deals etc happen there. Also be alert in the parking garages. Once you get past the Encore casino heading north, you should be extra cautious.. between there and the Stratosphere is more dangerous. If you're planning on visiting Fremont Street and downtown, be very cautious and stick to the boulevard. Stay where there are lots of people. Downtown is a very scary place, especially at night. As far as other areas besides the strip and downtown, I know the area around the air force base is dangerous and the area of Martin Luther King Blvd between Cheyenne and the I-15 has a lot of shady neighborhoods. North Las Vegas definitely has it's share of run-down neighborhoods but they're mostly as you get closer to downtown going south. The farther north you go, the nicer the areas tend to be.
Unless you are going to a bush league ballgame at Cashman Field (on LV Blvd. north), DO NOT wander north of the freeway (I-95) on the Strip. Unless you specifically want to score some crack or donate plasma, just stay out of this area. There are plenty of creeps and characters downtown to entertain you without risking your life. Also stay away from Fremont street once it goes beyond the Downtown area (again, unless you are looking to score some speed or cheap action from one of the many disease-ridden crackwhores in this area). I personally feel totally safe night or day everywhere except north Las Vegas/ north of I-95. ( I actually enjoy soaking in the seedy/ "iffy" areas of our fair city and I hope this warning won't intimidate you from doing so as well. Check out the map for details of my suggestions.
When we left the Monte Carlo after our great dinner at Blackstones, we unknowingly exited by the rear entrance. But not to worry, a driveway promised to take us around the building and out to the Strip. Whoops, dead end...deliveries only.
So, not to be detered, we scanned the horizon and saw our hotel, Caesar's, in the distance and we headed out across a construction site. Now, picture this: An 80 year old grandmother, a young lady in high heel spikes, Another lady with a gimpy knee, Mrs. B, and three men to guide the way. No, we didn't think to backtrack.
As we stumbled through the construction site we could see an entrance about three blocks away. We sent our scouts up ahead to reconnoiter. Yes, it was an exit onto the Strip. Meanwhile, security is alerted...The Man drives up and says, "You can't re-enter this parking lot once you leave."
Man,we didn't want to go back. We were like the pioneers crossing the desert, limping along, stumbling over whatever. We exited and never looked back. Come to find out we were traversing the Bellagio employees parking lot.
And all we had to do was retrace our way back through the Monte Carlo...but why do the obvious?
Ive been a resident of Sin City for 27 years. Ive lived from one end to the other, from nice places to killing fields and i feel the need to let you in on where to go and where NOT to. Im only covering that part in this review.
The city is weird, its a patchwork of nice neighborhoods and bad ones checkerboarding amongst eachother, but some areas are much worse than others. First, the good....
The 'resort district', basically, the South Strip from Town Square/Airport up to the south side of Sahara is all good...if you stay ON the strip! Summerlin on the West Side is pretty nice, but its starting to slip a little bit in places. But the further west you go toward the mountains, the nicer it gets. Boulder City is nice, no gambling and lots of cool, old retirees. Anthem, to the far southeast is ok too. Lake LV was nice, but its sitting idle and starting to attract a lot of East Las stuff. Seven Hills and Spanish Trails is nice, but gated. Asiantown, west of the strip on Spring Mtn is pretty cool. Lots of really fancy gated areas surrounded by run down neighborhoods here. Downtown used to be downright deadly, but has cleaned up, especially due south by the Spaghetti Bowl, you will still get stabbed to death, then mugged, but only at night now. The arts district moved in there, so its snooty in addition to being dangerous...but the container park is great (stay away from the outlet mall down there, it sucks). Spring Valley is still ok. Rhodes Ranch and 215 area is old, but still nice...lots of famous folks live in the desert there. Blue Diamond is nice, but its not really Vegas.
The bad...D street. Stay out of the whole area unless you have business there. MLK, Owens and basically anywhere north of Downtown. E Lake Mead, E Carey, East Charleston...all jacked! East Las by Sunrise mtn, all LA Latino gangs, you gonna die, guero. Much of Northtown from 93 up to Craig, and from the 95 east to the air base. Southern Highlands is nice in areas, but getting bad around Silverton. Asian and Islander elements by the Belz outlet mall to Silverado Ranch and down to St Rose, but if you respect, you should be fine. Downtown/Fremont is bad...east on Fremont is bad all day. Charleston from Jones all the way east is bad. Even Grand Teton in the far NW is getting sketchy. Much of Boulder Hwy/Pittman area is really trailer-ish and run down. Lots of stabbings and burglary there. Downtown itself is bad at night, its ok in the day time so you should be fine. Maryland from the airport all the way north is bad. Especially by the Blvd mall and UNLV. Charleston north on the strip is rougher at night as thats the older part. Naked City, behind the Strat, is really bad. Trop and I-15 has the zombies, Trop and Boulder hwy is heavy gangland. Anything by the base and Nellis blvd is always going to be a heads up. Henderson is patchy, really nice in areas like Green Valley, crappy in others like Boulder Hwy and Water st...and Wagonwheel by the college is bad. You can be just fine in most of these places if you are cool and dont be acting up and getting all bold. Dont hang yourself out there and showing off, just do what you got to do and get where you got to be and look like you know what that is. Tourists should stick with the strip, the few attractions off the strip and the surrounding areas like the dam/BC, Mt Charleston and the lake.
The gangs we have include the regular LA gangs as there is money to be made here, LOTS of drugs! Bloods, Crips, Rollin' 60's, Hells Angels and Mongols are still at war, the Vagos dont like either one of them. The Tribe, 28th st, 18th st, Los Hermanos, Pinoy boys, Donna Street, MS13, Irish mob is strong here, LK, Playboy Bloods, 311, etc....there are over 20,000 gangsters here. walk lightly. Thats not counting the insane homeless and tweakers. The cops are a paramilitary force here with a hot temper, keep that in mind and just be cool and do what they say. Its like the Gaza strip in some places, dont *** them off!
At night, the strip around MGM gets a little 'tough guy', but you should be ok, just be cool, move fast and swivel that head and enjoy the sights. The Strip from Trop to the Wynn is our weirdo part...especially by Harrahs down to Paris. Lots of costume guys on the street charging to take pics with them. Be sure to check out Manwhore...hes hilarious.
I suggest you toughen your skin because we are not very nice people here at all. Dont be a D-bag or demanding. Hook up your servers and it will go better for you. Be nice and you will be surprised. Never complain about the prices here, its a tourist spot, just pay it. Nobody cares how much it is back home. Try to have fun, but dont wander across the LV blvd drunk, theres a lot of traffic and cabs who wont see you, like so many before you, you will die. Dont wander off the strip, you will be robbed....or die. Sorry, i just cant candy coat the place, lots of people die here.
Oh, one other thing...The drivers are the worst! I dont care who tells you differently, i live here, i drive here, i try not to die every time i open my garage door...they are the worst part of this entire, dirty, hot place!! If you rent a car, be careful.
Thanks and try to have a good time...try not to die. :)
As with any major city, there are places in Vegas that you won't need or want to go. You may think you've been here so many times that you know it like the back of your hand, but there are places around the tourist traps that even locals don't like to go. Dark alleys and run down industial areas are pretty close to the Strip and dowtown (Fremont), but definitely not a place for out-of-towners. The Strip is where the fun, pretty stuff is. If you must venture off the Strip (to, say, a strip club) take a cab or your own car if you have one.