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Visiting Vintage Vegas

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By Bob Levin on April 17th, 2012

Categories: Popular Cities

Las Vegas means a lot of things to a lot of people, but if you’ve never visited Sin City before you may very well hold on to a vision of the good old town that doesn’t quite match the modern, sleek experience it now offers. Sure, Las Vegas will always be loud, gaudy and ready to meet your every need, but the Las Vegas of the Brat Pack is long gone. Unless, of course, you venture away from the Bellagio’s courtyard and check out a few spots that are keeping the classic Las Vegas alive and well.

The first place you want to visit is the Neon Museum, a massive open-air gallery of over 150 vintage signs from the Las Vegas of yesteryear. Many of these signs have been fully restored to as close to their original condition as possible, and the museum also offers a walk through its “Boneyard” of old signs beyond repair. If you’ve been to Vegas without checking out this neon sign graveyard then you are missing out!

Of course, you can’t experience old Las Vegas without trying your luck at the world’s oldest casino. The El Cortez has been continuously operational since it was first opened way back in 1941, and as soon as you’ll walk into the joint you’ll realize very little has changed in this blackjack parlor since it first opened its doors. There are a few other great retro casinos still operating in Las Vegas, but if you only have the time to visit one, make it El Cortez.

Finally, wrap up your day of experiencing a day of Vintage Vegas by visiting The Golden Steer, a restaurant that has stuck to its guns since the 1950’s and continues to sell the kind of steaks that became scarce in our modern cholesterol-phobic world.

Taking just one day out of your trip to Vegas to explore the city’s routes will turn a great trip into a truly unforgettable adventure.

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