Our last hotel at Vegas was Flamingo…checked out of Bally’s and checked in at Flamingo.
It is one of the oldest hotels on the strip and has Flamingos as its theme…it has a courtyard which is a habitat for flamingos. The decor in this hotel is all pink…to match the pink of the flamingo.
Good hotel and the advantage of having a monorail station just behind; it makes commuting out of the Strip very easy.
The illuminated entrance to flamingo hotel and casino
Flamingos inside the hotel
A short video clip of the Monorail
Having heard a lot about Fremont street, we decided to go there . Took a bus from The Strip to Fremont street which is in down town Vegas.
Fremont street is actually the older part of Las Vegas and hence the hotels, casinos etc are older than the ones on the Strip. The glitz ,glamour and feel of Las Vegas is the same here too. The neon signs …some of them flashing incessantly were actually blinding at times. The crowds were of course there with daiquiris in their hands, smoking away.
We saw some of the most famous casinos here…golden gate, golden nugget and queens…to name a few.
Some famous casinos on Fremont street
The Fremont street experience was our next stop…
Fremont Street Experience
It is a pedestrian mall and attraction occupying a few blocks of Fremont street known as Glitter gulch. The central attraction is a canopy which is approximately 90 feet high. Various shows are held here under the canopy. Music is played throughout this area except at the performance venues. There are 3 stages where free performances are held.
People with painted bodies dressed up like for a fancy dress and giving performances are also a common sight.
The lit up canopy at night
A live performance under the canopy
One of the main attractions here is the Zip line…we were not adventurous enough for trying it out and stood and watched others zip by …
A video clip of the Zip line
After experiencing Fremont street, we returned to our hotel by the regular bus.
Glitter Gulch ……this is the name that downtown Las Vegas got in the 1940s. The building of the Hoover Dam( to be covered in my next blog) brought abundant electricity to Las Vegas and soon the main thoroughfare of Fremont street was glowing with neon lights everywhere. This set Las Vegas apart from the rest of America…the sheer number of Neon lights….and that’s Glitter Gulch for you!!!
The following picture symbolizes Vegas….happiness and cheer all around….
So friends let us say bye to Vegas on this happy note….
C you all next week with another exciting episode…
Now we move on to the Canyons….so brace yourself up for some exciting journeys….through some of the vast and beautiful landscapes of the Canyons in America…..