Monday, February 28, 2011

Downtown Las Vegas

030(Jan) Chuck found a great place for our RV in downtown Las Vegas at the Main Street Casino just two blocks from Fremont Street. Although we were next to the interstate, the parking lot style spaces had FHU, Security and cost just $16. The Main Street Casino Brewery and Hotel, pictured at left, is an elegant place in the true old Las Vegas opulent style with gilded fixtures and tin-type ceilings, amazing balconies overlooking the casino floor and beautiful, massive wood counters & furnishings. Alas, we missed getting pictures 052there. 

We did get quite a few photos of our night on Fremont Street. A huge 1,500 foot long Viva Vision screen covers four blocks of Fremont Street with it’s historic casinos such as Binions, Golden Nugget, 4 Queens and The Plaza. The Light and Music shows happen every hour in the evening. 035We got to experience George Thorogood’s ‘Bad to the Bone’ and Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’. The shows were amazing!  The music throbbed; the light show was incredible! Each show lasted about 10 minutes and the screen overhead is about 5 football fields long. After the music presentation the 12.5 million LED lamps flashed in colored geometric patterns as we walked the street and popped into the casinos and shops that compromise the Fremont Street Experience. It’s kind of like a Street carnival Vegas style with live music, bars, wandering ‘characters’, several stages with dancers and an 800 foot long Zip Line that you can race down 30 feet overhead at up to 30 mph! Can you pick out the riders in the picture at left? Do you recognize any of the characters roaming the streets? And you know that slogan that says, ‘what happens in Vegas…..’, the t-shirt being sold on Fremont Street added a new twist! Click on any of the photos to get an enlarged view.

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