Planning a Vegas Vacation? Downtown Las Vegas is place to be! Here’s why you should make downtown your destination.
Old Las Vegas Feel
Downtown Las Vegas has been around for a while and knows what tourists are looking for. Cheap drinks, good food and the time of their lives. Whether you’re hoping to be transported back to 1946 or looking for a modern spot for the night, casinos in downtown Las Vegas have it all – Gaming, Dining, Entertainment.
Looking for that two story suite that will blow away all of your past vacations? Head to the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas. The Spa Tower suite comes equipped with a spiral staircase, wet bar, steam shower and a full living room! This bad boy starts at $500 a night and can compare to all luxury suites the Las Vegas strip offers.
Sleep and Las Vegas don’t seem to go together. Many visitors travel to Las Vegas hoping to pull several all nighters and refuse to miss out on any of the action. Others, however, are hoping for a fun and relaxing vacation. Here are a few tips to help whichever type of guest you are get some much needed Z’s.
Bring Something From Home
Bring a small travel pillow or blanket that helps give your hotel room a personal touch. Although downtown Las Vegas hotels like the Golden Nugget are known for exceptional pillows, mattresses and luxury, a little piece of home will help you sleep like a baby.
Request a High Floor
Vegas is known for great views. Asking for a higher floor guarantees you won’t just see parking garage but will have breath taking views of the city. And if you’re hope for piece and quite, you’ll also avoid noise from party animals on the Fremont Street Experience.
Relax sore muscles from a day of high action gaming and Vegas fun with a dip in the hot tub. Golden Nugget‘s 200,000 Shark Tank Aquarium is the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy the view. The hot tub is open until 1 a.m. daily.
Archaeological evidence suggests that gambling dates back thousands of years. The Chinese documented the practice in 2300 B.C., and there are accounts of the pastime being common among the ancient Greeks and Romans. Games of chance were also enjoyed for thousands of years among Native Americans. In later years, gambling continued during Elizabethan England and among the bourgeois French. However, modern casinos did not emerge until the 17th century.
The first official casino was the Italian Casino di Venezia. Constructed in 1638, the luxuriously elaborate facility is still in operation today. In the United States, casinos had much more humble beginnings as saloons. Brown’s Saloon was the first such establishment. The facility was constructed on the border of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming in 1822 and was popular among miners who frequented the location after a hard day of work. More of these venues began appearing in mining towns.
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Saloons were nothing like the glamorous, modern-day hotels on Fremont Street and the Vegas Strip. Housed in rudimentary wood-framed structures, the old gambling houses were sometimes just bars with tables where card games took place. The businesses were typically owned and operated by a single proprietor. Later, saloons became more popular and developed in river cities while expanding in size and adding new amenities. The modernized facilities eventually emerged in larger cities like Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco and St. Louis, which served as major locations for commerce and trade. These establishments were quite lucrative and enjoyed clientele from across the U.S. and other countries. Along with gambling, upscale saloons offered meals and contained hotel rooms where weary travelers stayed. Some also provided live entertainment in the form of piano players, singers and burlesque shows.
Crimes associated with gambling led to restrictive legislation beginning in 1860. Eventually, all gambling was deemed illegal in the United States. However, with the crash of the stock market and the subsequent depression, laws began reversing. By 1931, gambling became legal in Nevada and in Las Vegas in particular. This era began the construction of the elaborate hotel/casino resorts that have since become world-renowned.
For a look into the past, check out this video of Las Vegas, including the iconic Golden Nugget Casino on Fremont Street in 1979!