The squares and streets of Las Vegas are home to various world-famous options for gambling, entertainment, gastronomy, excitement, and fun geared toward people of all ages, including children. The iconic Las Vegas Strip, a historic Chinatown section, resorts and casinos, concerts with legendary stars, buffets, parks, and many interesting museums can all be found in Vegas. There’s even a famous pawn store situated on one of the main thoroughfares.
If there’s something on your bucket list that you’d like to see or do, it’s likely to be found on a Vegas street. Take a stroll down some of Las Vegas’ most renowned streets to uncover a world of entertainment.
Fremont Street was the city’s actual birthplace, famous for block after block of the city’s most iconic neon signs and marquees adorning some of Las Vegas’ first casinos, such as Binion’s Horseshoe, the Pioneer Club, the Golden Nugget, and many more.
This famed six-block stretch of road was where the Rat Pack, showgirls, mobsters, and everyone else used to hang out. It was also home to some of Nevada’s most famous neon signs, which named it “Glitter Gulch” and made it a great place to film movies and TV series. After all these years and millions more lightbulbs later, Fremont Street is now only open for pedestrian traffic. It has three stages with free concerts every night, access to some of the city’s best attractions (like the Neon Museum and Mob Museum), the world’s largest video screen, and a 12-story zip line that looks like a slot machine.
The road was once open to cars, but in 1996, it was turned into a pedestrian mall and became the Fremont Street Experience. In 2004, a four-block-long barrel vault canopy was built over the Fremont Street Experience. It now has an amazing 49 million LED lights that shine so brightly that video displays can be run even in the daytime. The Viva Vision canopy is the world’s biggest video screen. Every hour at night, it broadcasts tributes to some of Nevada’s most famous features, like Area 51, race car driving, patriotic displays, and more. The Fremont Street Experience has a 550,000-watt sound system that plays music all the time while the light and sound shows are not going on.
The Slotzilla Zip Line is one of the newest attractions to the Fremont Street Experience. It takes riders off a 12-story tower that goes all the way over the pedestrian strip. Thrill-seekers can start at either 77 feet or 114 feet high and then fly under the LED canopy like a superhero to get a bird’s-eye view of the Fremont Street Experience and all the celebrity impersonators, live music, and partygoers below.
The Golden Nugget Casino is located on Fremont Street in Las Vegas. It has a 200,000-gallon shark tank that you can look at through glass, ride on a waterslide, or get close to on tour led by one of the Golden Nugget’s marine biologists. On tour, you can watch the sharks eat and learn about all the different kinds. Don’t miss the “Hand of Faith,” the world’s largest solid gold nugget. It weighed 62 pounds and was found in Australia in 1962.
The Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard)
The famous Las Vegas Strip is the epicenter of activity in the city known as the “Gambling Capitol of the World.” Along I-15, which runs north to south through the southern part of the city, there is a mix of big casinos and crazy attractions that you have to see to believe. If you want to bet on blackjack tables at places like the Bellagio and the MGM Grand, it’s the place to be. But it’s not just about gambling. There are hedonistic mega clubs, rollercoasters in the city, and copies of Paris and Venice.
People going to Vegas for the first time probably dream about The Strip, the most famous and iconic part of the city. You can fly in for a quick weekend of wild nights and big shows. Or, you can relax and unwind in a high-end hotel resort, which often has swimming pools in the sky and fancy spas.
A swarm of enthralling shopping concourses and family draws are piled on top of that. The Adventuredome, for example, is bursting at the seams with spinning-top rides and a vertical-drop rollercoaster. Then there are the gardens of the Flamingo Las Vegas, which advertise encounters with pink-tinted birds and koi ponds amid the urban jungle.
Main Street (Arts District)
Las Vegas’ Main Street in the Arts District is considered as the heart and soul of the city’s cultural scene, with art galleries, festivals, shops, and many activities. It is well-known for its monthly First Friday Arts and Culture Festival, where visual artists sell their wares and provide live entertainment. You can also visit art galleries and shops selling limited-edition prints by influential contemporary artists and mid-modern kitsch, antiques, and collectibles.
Other things to see and do in this area include the Burlesque Hall of Fame, the Vegas Theatre Company’s Black Box Theatre, and the family-friendly monthly arts festival known as Preview Thursday. It is located right in the middle of the city center.
Tropicana Avenue is a lot like another Strip in that it has a lot of hotels, casinos, restaurants, and places to go out and have fun. The Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino gave the road its name at the intersection of this street and Las Vegas Boulevard. It goes from Dean Martin Drive in Paradise to Boulder Highway, a highway for most of its length.
The MGM Grand Las Vegas, the New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, the Excalibur Hotel and Casino, and Hooters Casino Hotel are other attractions along this stretch of road. The Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel and the Liberace Museum Collection are the area’s historic and history-themed attractions.
Away from the crowds and glitz of the Vegas Strip, Sahara Avenue has a strip of hotels, casinos, restaurants, places to play games, and entertainment. It is a major road that goes east to west. It was named after the Sahara Hotel and Casino, which intersects with Las Vegas Boulevard. From Red Rock Ranch Road, the road goes to Hollywood Regional Park. Most of the road is a multi-lane traffic route that used to be a highway. However, the West Sahara Avenue and Arville Street corridor are walkable parts of the road.
Aside from the Sahara Las Vegas, there are a lot of other places to eat, shop, and have fun. Some of these are the Golden Steer Steakhouse, the Palace Station, and the Bonanza Gift Shop.
West Spring Mountain Road (Chinatown)
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West Spring Mountain Road is the main street of Chinatown in Las Vegas. It has a lot of well-known landmarks, like shops, restaurants, and urban parks. Between Las Vegas Boulevard and Sands Avenue, the road goes through the towns of Paradise and Spring Valley. This road’s main attraction is Chinatown, known for its restaurants and many shops selling arts and crafts.
Chinatown is a historic area known as the first master-planned Chinatown in the United States. It is also a designated Asian Pacific American Cultural Center. It is known for its paifang, which is a traditional Chinese gateway arch. On Spring Mountain Road, Desert Breeze Park, the Fashion Show Mall, the Palazzo, and the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino are also great places to visit.
Durango Drive Parks
You can get away from the bright lights, noise, and crowds of the Strip and enjoy quiet urban and city parks on Las Vegas’ Durango Drive. On the city’s west side, this major north-south road starts at Starr Avenue. It ends more than 21 miles later at Moccasin Road and the border of the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument. There are a lot of public parks along the way.
The Mountain’s Edge Regional Park, Desert Breeze Park, Raptor Play Park, and the Tule Springs Ranch are just a few of the parks that can be found in this area. Angel Park Golf Club and Durango Hills Golf Club are two golf courses.
East Flamingo Road
East Flamingo Road has more museums, hotels, casinos, and nightlife than many other areas of Las Vegas, allowing you to enjoy your stay with fewer crowds. This road connects Paradise Road to Boulder Highway. It is named after the Flamingo Las Vegas, which is located at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard (State Route 582). The many attractions along the way are the Palms Casino Resort, Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, Bally’s Las Vegas, and Cromwell Las Vegas.
Furthermore, this stretch is a foodie’s paradise. Suppose you’re looking for a good dinner. In that case, there are plenty of options, ranging from Hawaiian fusion cuisine to Mexican grills, Italian chain restaurants and Chinese buffets.
After a night of gaming and partying, Elkhorn Road is recognized for its championship-caliber golfing and abundance of park space to reconnect with nature and recuperate. It starts at Egan Crest Drive in the northeastern part of the city and ends at the Aliante Casino and Hotel. The championship-level Aliante Golf Club is the main golf course in this area. Major parks with lots of opportunities for riding, hiking, and outdoor adventure are among the other attractions.
This area has three parks: Centennial Hills Park, Mountain Ridge Park, and Winding Trails Park. You’ll find sports fields, dinosaur playgrounds for youngsters, and hundreds of acres of trails marked with public art displays here.
Paradise Road is a conference-focused area of Las Vegas with meeting facilities, convention centres, and plenty of history and museums to explore. This road runs from the east side of Las Vegas to the University District, offering a diverse and convenient selection of entertainment options. Mostly a residential area, this area has Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, a plethora of restaurants, and a wide variety of shopping options. Also, a few non-gaming resorts are here, such as the Rumour Boutique Hotel.
The Paradise Road is also the heart and soul of the LGBTQ+ culture in Las Vegas. The Piranha Nightclub, for example, is well-known for its epic raves.