Following my Miss Sixties Around The World Series, today it’s time to make a stop in Las Vegas. We wanted to visit Sin City (as they call it) to attend Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, which I’ll write about soon in another post, and let’s say it was wonderful. This is my second collaboration with artist Alice Negri, so make sure to read the post to find her amazing illustrated map of Las Vegas!
Las Vegas is the destination for those who want to simply have fun and forget about ordinary life. People from all over the world (and also from other US states) visit the city to gamble, get married or simply have fun. The Strip is probably the most touristy area in town and the place to visit the iconic casinos of the city. The Venetian, New York New York, The Excalibur, Caesar’s Palace…They are all there.
We stayed at The Flamingo, one of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas (although its original location is not where it stands now) and it was quite an experience. Here’s a picture of the famous flamingoes that live in the resort’s garden.
Forget the big resorts: The Neon Museum was our favorite part of Las Vegas. It’s definitely the place to visit if you want to learn more about the city’s early days. It’s my favourite thing to do in Las Vegas: to be honest, I didn’t enjoy any of the casinos and gambling related things.
The Stardust was probably my favorite neon sign to see there. Did you know that the museum is constantly expanding its collection with new signs and Vegas history pieces?
Close to the museum you have The Mob Museum, where you will learn more about the city’s link with gangsters and the mafia. If you prefer to walk around and explore Las Vegas, I recommend to go to Freemont Street. Although it’s a very touristy area it’s a good place to see the city’s early neon lights.
Okay, but If you are wondering where you can find the best vintage in the city, make sure to visit Charleston Antique Mall and Antique Alley. The first is a huge mall specialized in vintage and antiques from all decades, where you might find your lucite purse of dreams. Their collection is insane! Antique Alley is an area full of antique shops and reproduction stores such as Tatyana Boutique. Stop by to find a bargain!
If, like me, you are a big fan of tiki culture, you definitely have to go to Frankie’s Tiki Room. It’s one of the oldest and most iconic tiki bars in Las Vegas, and if you are lucky enough to be in town for Viva Las Vegas, it will be even better! I had to take a photo in front of the entrance before getting drunk. Believe me when I say that their cocktails are so strong!
The lovely Alice Negri has created this super cute illustrated map of Las Vegas with the must see things for vintage enthusiasts. Hope you like it!
Las Vegas is more than The Strip! Explore places such as Downtown Vegas, The Burlesque Hall of Fame and even take a trip to Grand Canyon!
And don’t forget to take the typical touristy photo of Las Vegas sign, very close to the airport. Fun fact: Did you know that the sign was created by a woman? Her name was Betty Whitehead Willis and she created some of the most memorable neon signs of Las Vegas.
Hope you liked this blog post. Safe travels and enjoy Vegas!