Vintage Las Vegas: Sin City's best retro sights
Look away for too long and Vegas changes. The Vegas of Sinatra and Elvis and mobsters and showgirls has been replaced by Cirque shows and Britney Spears and musical fountains...
Places in Las Vegas
Baby, this is where it's at. The Strip, a 4.5-mile stretch of Las Vegas Blvd lined with hulking casino hotels and megaresorts, is so happening that few visitors ever venture beyond it. But the famous boulevard is always changing. The themed resorts that opened on Las Vegas Blvd at the end of the 20th century drove home the idea that bigger is better.
West of the Strip
Between the Strip and the mountains, a few key attractions beckon. Two major resorts, the Palms and the Rio, located less than a mile off the Strip down Flamingo Rd, lure a nightclub-happy crowd. The former, equal parts sexy and downright sleazy, attracts notorious celebrities and gossip standbys (think Britney Spears) as well as a younger, mostly local crowd.
Downtown & Fremont St
When the Strip feels lonely, you can always go downtown. The city's original quarter has long been preferred by serious gamblers who feel that faux volcanoes are beneath them. The smoky, low-ceilinged casinos have hardly changed over the years – but a 'downtown renaissance' kicked off by ex-mayor Oscar B Goodman is certainly shifting the landscape.
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