STRIPped down: Vegas off the beaten path
Travel down the Las Vegas strip and there’s a good chance one, if not all, of your five senses will be stimulated. From flashing lights and glistening advertisements to ornate architecture, artwork and statues, the strip has a lot to offer. There is, however, much more to Vegas than the strip.
During a recent extended weekend trip to Las Vegas, I decided to do some moderate venturing off the strip. First up, Old Vegas a.k.a. Downtown a.k.a the Fremont Street Experience.
This is the original Vegas, complete with old school light bulb casino fronts like Sam Boyd’s Fremont Casino and 4 Queens. This section of downtown Las Vegas, also known as Old Vegas, is undergoing a renaissance transforming the original sin city playground to include modern elements like the renovated SlotZilla zip line and use of Bitcoin currency transactions. Among its most noted attractions, however, is the Viva Vision canopy spanning the length of five football fields and nightly light show featuring more than 12 million LED lights.
Up next, the Downtown Container Park. Located at the southeast corner of 7th & Fremont Street, this trendy multi-level venue features shops, diners and even a playground made from recycled shipping containers. From fitness classes to performances, this outdoor venue offers a variety of entertainment. While there is no onsite parking, it’s only a short walk from the Fremont Street attractions. Entry is free weekdays and weekends. After 9pm, only adults are permitted entry. You can find Downtown Container Park on Facebook, here.
Last, but definitely not least, I ventured to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets – North. As an avid shopper, I found myself pleased by the store selection and layout. While the desert theme didn’t tickle my aesthetic fancy, it didn’t take away from the overall retail experience. In addition to snagging a few deals, the location of the outlet offered a quick tour of “real life” Vegas through the eyes of the locals that live and work nearby.
Sticking true to my mission of helping you live, laugh, and love life on a dime, getting to any of the aforementioned places is not only simple but cheap! Your best bet for traveling along, and off, the strip is aboard the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada RTC Deuce. The public bus offers unlimited ride passes at a rate of $6 for two hours, $8 a day or $20 for a three-day pass. Needless to say, my one-time $20 in-city travel expenses trumped any one-time, one-way $20+ taxi ride. To learn more about the RTC Deuce, pricing or routes, click here.
While I still enjoy the commercialized version of the Las Vegas strip, I must say venturing from it can be refreshing. From mingling with actual Vegas residents and employees to marveling at the transcendence from past to future taking place downtown, there’s plenty of fun to be had off the beaten path of Las Vegas Boulevard. I’m sure there’s far more out there. If you find it, share it with me via Twitter, @saidCedra. Ciao!
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