The water show in front of the Bellagio; St. Mark's Place and the canals within the Venetian; the Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Las Vegas; the lion habitat at MGM Grand; nightly volcano eruptions at the Mirage; the Luxor pyramid; the Roman streetscape at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace; the Mardi Gras-style Show in the Sky at Rio's Masquerade Village; the view from the observation deck at the Stratosphere Tower. This is Las Vegas! Downtown is located a few miles north of the northern end of the Strip. There the casinos are older and less lavish, but the area has its own theme attraction, the outdoor light show known as the Fremont Street Experience.
Historically, Fremont Street is where it all began, from a small railroad stop at the turn of the century to one of the brightest streets in the world. For decades, Fremont Street was one of the best places to cruise, but now the street has been closed to traffic and is a pedestrian paradise of kiosks, souvenir shops and casinos. If you want to see what there is to do away from the casinos and bright lights, check out the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Mt. Charleston and quaint little Boulder City, the only town in Nevada where gambling remains illegal.