Las Vegas is such a big place that we decided to get to know it with with two different parts: Las Vegas in front of our hotel and Las Vegas behind our hotel. In our first night in Las Vegas, we started from the “back”: Fremont street area.
It was beautiful day and we had been sitting in car all day, so we decided to walk. I was little worried at times (watched too much CSI Las Vegas in the past, tourist get so easily killed in there according to the show) but I was wrong. Yes, there were homeless people in the hood, but nothing happen to us, no one even talked to us on our way.
Great looking graffities on the way.
Snowball in Vegas -statue! Love it!
The Most famous light installation that I know in Las Vegas: Fremont Street Experience. WAU!
Couple of one of a kind spots on Fremont Street Experience. “Vegas Vic” Cowboy has been in many films and commercials and Heart Attack Grill something else. If you weight over 350 pounds (about 159 kilos), you can eat there free. That’s… sick? Thank God, If you happen to have a heart attack while eating your Flatliner Fries and Octuple Bypass Burger with 40 slices of bacon, there are waitresses with nurse outfits, some rumor says that at times there are ambulances in front of the restaurant to bring back the flatliners. Wikipedia sums the theme up nicely. “The establishment is a hospital theme restaurant: waitresses (“nurses”) take orders (“prescriptions”) from the customers (“patients”). Each patient dons a hospital gown before ordering and those who do not finish their meal receive a paddling by one of the “nurses” with the option to buy the tainted paddle afterwards.” Nice. And if you are not in the mood for high calorie diet, they have also a vegan menu: tobacco. So there you are, you are going to die someday, why not today?
Quick visit in Atomic Liquor -bar. For this place I have to give two thumbs: I got real non-alcoholic drinks. YES! Big thank you for the bartender!
When we walked back to hotel from Fremont, we saw this huge Flame Throwing Praying Mantis in front of the Container Park. We sat down to wait the next show, because this felt like must-see kind of thing. It was a while, but I would say it was worth it. Music, robot moves, flames… It was a show. And it was free. For a budget traveler that’s best thing there is!
I can understand why someone doesn’t like Las Vegas. It has gone over board. It’s surreal. Is it fake? Perhaps. But when you sit down, take your time and enjoy yourself and the atmosphere, its great. Fremont was nice. I loved the Atomic Liquors (I got great non alcoholic drinks there), I loved the Praying Mantis show, I even loved the neon “pollution” in Fremont Street. It was fun.
If you want to check the neighborhood out before you trip or revisit the scenes, these are the movies to watch!
Movies of Fremont Street
Cool World (1992)
Very bad things (1998)
Last Vegas (2013)
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Diamonds are forever (1971)
U2’s “I Still haven’t found what I’m looking for”
Do you have other places in mind what are worth to see? What you have seen, eat, drink or done in the neighborhood? Please leave a comment!