Once the thriving gambling district of Las Vegas, the downtown area used to be the city’s busiest locale until the late 1980s, when an entrepreneur gathered the crowds to the Strip – which remains the city’s main thoroughfare today.
Nevertheless, downtown Las Vegas hasn’t been forgotten. For starters, it is now home to the sought-after and historic casinos of Fremont Street, including the Moulin Rouge, the first racially integrated casino-hotel in the city, as well as the Fremont Street Experience, the world’s largest audio-video system which consists of a multisensory light and sound show connecting over two million lights. Downtown Las Vegas also has its own Arts District, encompassing several art galleries, studios and stores offering a vast selection of collectibles. Not to mention the many museums scattered around the neighborhood, like the Natural History Museum, the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum and the Art Deco-inspired Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Many of these buildings offer exceptional architecture, from Spanish-mission to deconstructionist and mid-century modern – an attraction in itself! Thrill-seekers will also enjoy the presence of Slotzilla, a series of two zip lines (77 feet and 114 feet) and, alternatively, the infamous Heart Attack Grill and its quadruple bypass hamburgers or the shark tank at the Gold Nugget. All of this serves as the ultimate proof that Las Vegas, and downtown Las Vegas specifically, isn’t just about gambling and late nights out—although it is part of the fun!
Downtown Las Vegas is located just north of the Las Vegas Strip, bordered I-15 on the west, Washington Avenue on the north, Maryland Parkway on the east and Sahara Avenue on the south. It is possible to reach downtown Las Vegas by car via Interstate 15 and Route 95, as well as by bus with the rapid-transit link traveling between the Strip, downtown Las Vegas and the Convention Center.