Richard White, April 1, 2014
Most visitors to Vegas spend all their time on The Strip (aka Las Vegas Boulevard South from Sahara Avenue to Harmon Avenue) or on Fremont Street from Main Street to 5th Street in downtown. However, there is much more (and much more interesting) to Vegas than the glitz and glitter of these two streets.
As seasoned urban explorers, we love to look beyond the obvious. Recently, we spent three days in Vegas almost exclusively pursuing off the beaten strip gems and hanging with the locals.
We even booked a room at the LVH (aka Las Vegas Hotel and Casino), which is located just off The Strip. It turns out the LVH is full Vegas history including being the first place that Elvis performed in Vegas, as well as being the largest hotel in the world when it was built 50 years ago. It was a great jumping off point for exploring Vegas' Arts District, Antique Alley, Container Park and thrift stores.
We find that one of the best ways to get off the beaten path and hang with the locals is to head to the thrift stores as they are often in interesting places and full of colourful characters. Like, for example, the Vegas Goodwill where we (and everyone else) were greeted with a loud and enthusiastic "Welcome to Goodwill," not your robotic "Welcome to Walmart" or the half-hearted "can I help you?" While in Vegas, we often had other thrifters giving us tips on other stores and places to check out (e.g. Container Park).
Here are a few postcards of the real Vegas you will never find in the tacky tourist shops. We hope you enjoy them.