A Visitor’s Guide to Las Vegas Neighborhoods

The Strip – the glitzy part of Las Vegas sits within walking distance and just northwest of the airport. Most of the city’s famous resorts are here, including MGM Grand, New York-New York, the Belaggio, Wynn and Encore, Caesars Palace, and The Venetian. Farther north is Circus Circus and the Stardust, and at the very north end of the Strip is the Stratosphere, which features the tallest free-standing observation tower in the country. The are is generally considered safe, but it pays to be aware of your surroundings.

Downtown – classic Vegas lives on about a mile north of the Strip along a stretch of Fremont Street. On the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip), a five block area has been covered with video canopies and rechristened as The Fremont Street Experience. Here, visitors have a chance to see the historic Golden Nugget Casino and other old casinos, as well as the Neon Museum, which preserves many of Las Vegas’ retired, iconic, neon signs from days gone by. There are classic cocktail bars and independent restaurants in downtown that are worth visiting, and, in recent years, downtown has also been revitalized with new art galleries and boutiques shops. Be cautious of your surroundings when visiting, especially at night, as some of its shady character still remains.

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