My afternoon walking tour begins on the steps of the Mob Museum on a trek through 8 blocks of the city's historic heart - ending with a complimentary drink at an historic bar. It's an easy walk through a century of local history sprinkled with pop culture and Vegas lore. You'll get an insight into how the Mob shaped the city and stand in the spot where the town began. We trek to Glitter Gulch with its spectacular neon; pause at the original red light district; see the city's oldest pawn shop (not Pawn Stars!) and we'll see that famous cowboy sign, Vegas Vic. We'll step into several iconic casinos, see some vintage slot machines, and might even hear that legendary clanging sound. Fremont is a zany street in performance with the worlds largest video screen, quirky street buskers, and aerial zip line tourists. I'll take you to some favorite hidden gems that are part of local lore, and we'll stop at the new 44 story casino hotel opening next year that will reinvent part of Downtown. We'll check out a new arts, retail and festival district with a cool vibe and an array of beautiful murals. We'll stop at Container Park to see the Praying Mantis sculpture from Burning Man that sometimes gives a shout out to my tour guests! We end the tour with a cocktail at the Parlour Bar of the historic El Cortez of Bugsy Seigel fame, with toasts all around to travel, adventure and friendship.
I'm an artist and a cultural planner, and formerly was the Urban Arts Coordinator for the City of Las Vegas where I worked on some very cool projects that revived Downtown - like the Neon Museum and the Arts District. I heartily embrace the local ethic that anything is possible here with hard work and vision - and that reinvention is just a part of living in Las Vegas. I have a small home-grown local walking tour company, Las Vegas Pop Culture Tours, and I love sharing my knowledge and love of Las Vegas with visitors and locals alike.
a cocktail or beverage
There's lots of cool stuff Downtown along with neon signs and casinos; we'll go off the beaten track to see some local curiosities like a slab of the Berlin Wall; a big carved Buddha in the heart of Sin City; a pile of cash that's a million dollars; the only neon sign of Marilyn Monroe; the dive bar that inspired the movie Coyote Ugly; the pizza joint owned by Evel Knievel's son; and a 22 story mural with a hidden message and warning to all.
a bottle of water in hot weather
The late afternoon tour takes place when the neon signs begin to flicker on, so visitors can stay Downtown after the tour. And I can recommend some good local spots for dinner and happy hour.