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Fremont Street compared to the Las Vegas Strip.

Faceoff: Downtown Vegas vs. The Strip

If you’ve ever visited the Entertainment Capital of the World, then you know that Vegas doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind show, the best happy hour, a peaceful hike through Nevada’s red rocks, or thrill-chasing memories, you’ve come to the right place. But, the million dollar question is: do you choose the Strip or Downtown when visiting Las Vegas?

Follow along as Downtown Vegas and the Strip battle it out in a faceoff. Which location will be victorious when it comes to pleasing the desert’s visitors?

Round 1: First Impressions

Las Vegas visitors are greeted by breathtaking views, amazing lights, impeccable weather, and an electric vibe. In round one, we look at the Strip and Downtown’s first impressions!

The Strip

The fountains of Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip.

Generally, when you mention to people that you will be visiting Las Vegas, their first thought is of the Strip. These 4.2 miles are filled with many remarkable Vegas landmarks. There’s The Fountains of Bellagio, a free activity centered in the middle of the Strip, and the many hotels dotting the Strip give visitors plenty to gush over. The Cosmopolitan, ARIA, Caesars Palace, and many more exhibit the city’s modern edge and history. And when the sun goes down, the millions of city lights come out to play.

Downtown Vegas

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As you stroll North of the Strip, you’ll reach Downtown, or Fremont Street. The area is lined with some amazing hotels, such as the Golden Nugget, Golden Gate, The D, and Plaza, that contribute to the birth and growth of fabulous Las Vegas. Each hotel houses a casino and provides something unique for its visitors.

As you continue down the Fremont Street Experience, you’ll notice the amazing canopy above. Take in the dazzling lights, witness high flyers on Slotzilla, cheer on the street performers, or hop into a bar for a drink. There’s no denying that the Strip makes a great first impression, but don’t underestimate Downtown’s charm.

*Round 1 Winner: The Strip

Round 2: The Bar & Restaurant Scene

We’re sure that one of the first things on your Vegas checklist is finding the perfect restaurant or bar. Whether you’re looking for an upscale dining experience, something quick and easy, or a trendy new pick, Las Vegas has you covered. But do you head to the Strip or Downtown?

The Strip

Interior of Bardot Brasserie restaurant at ARIA.attribute:

When it comes to top notch Las Vegas cuisine, you probably want to make your way out to The Strip simply because of the wide variety of dishes available. Whether you’re looking for an Italian dish, the freshest sushi, or a mouthwatering steak dinner, you can find it all. Bardot Brasserie specializes in luxury and impeccable flavor, while ARIA’s elegant cafe is the perfect place for French comfort food and wine. If you’re looking for something a little more “Vegas,” check out Cabo Wabo Cantina, right in the middle of the Strip.

The Las Vegas Strip has some delicious food choices, but what’s dinner without a drink? But beware, drinks on the Strip are sure to cost more than their Downtown counterparts. You pay for the drink, the service, the environment, and the experience. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some awesome happy hours to be had. Margaritaville at The Flamingo offers nickel beer hour from 5-6pm every night, and Beerhaus at The Park has happy hour from 2-6pm and features $4 draft beers and hot dogs (and free yard games!).

Downtown Vegas

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It’s hard to beat Fremont Street’s restaurant and bar scene. Container Park is a fun area in Fremont East District that’s made out of shipping containers and has a number of food and drink options. Le Thai is a favorite among both locals and visitors, and although the waitlist can get long, the delicious Thai food is worth it. Plus, you can always pop into the many nearby bars to enjoy your time. Another mouthwatering pick is Andiamo Steakhouse at The D. Enjoy American prime steaks with an Italian edge.

Complement your meal with a drink or two at one of Downtown Las Vegas’ many happy hours. These deals blow the Strip out of the water and include beers, specialty cocktails, and brunch beverages.

*Round 2 Winner: Downtown Las Vegas

Round 3: Unique Activities

The Strip

Roller Coaster ride at New York New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.attribute:

Not only is Vegas known for being the gambling capital of the world, but it’s also home to quite a few unique experiences. Some include the roller coaster at New York New York, the High Roller at the Linq Promenade, and riding in a gondola on the canals through the Venetian. And of course, there’s shopping! With so many elegant and unique shops around, it’s hard to walk away without getting at least a little something for yourself. If you’re looking for practical stores, check out Fashion Show Mall. Or, go all out at the shops at the Bellagio or Planet Hollywood.

Downtown Vegas

Neon Museum at night in Downtown Las Vegas.attribute:

The Strip may be big and flashy, but Downtown Las Vegas reigns with truly unique opportunities. There is the nightly light show on Fremont Street, unique casino games like Sigma Derby at The D or coin slots at El Cortez, and other picks that show off Vegas’ individuality. Not into gaming? Check out the many museums in the area, such as The Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

The list doesn’t end there, though, for Downtown Las Vegas’ unique attractions. There is also the Slotzilla Zipline and Zoomline, Axehole, the Golden Nugget shark tank, Fear the Walking Dead, and – for the foodies out there – Heart Attack Grill! There’s no doubt that downtown wins this round.

*Round 3 Winner: Downtown Las Vegas

After three intense rounds, Downtown Vegas has come out victorious as the best overall Vegas experience! Other stand-out qualities include:

-The easy walkability
-Affordable hotel, food, and drink prices
-Smaller crowds compared to the hustle and bustle of the Strip
-The rich history
-The people-watching opportunities
-The art
-The overall vibe

Whether you choose to visit the Strip or Downtown Las Vegas, you’re sure to have a great time and will quickly want to come back for more fun and excitement.

Close up photo of girls celebrating a bachelorette party and clinking champagne glasses.

Bachelorette 101: 5 Key Ingredients for a Memorable Weekend

The glittering lights, the luxe amenities, and the indulgent lifestyle all make Las Vegas the perfect destination for a bachelorette weekend getaway. With so much going on in this bustling city, it can be hard to decide what to do with and for the bride-to-be. We think that the perfect Vegas trip includes a mix of relaxing, flashy nightlife, gourmet meals, and adrenaline-inducing thrills.

Below are five key ingredients for a memorable weekend:

A Lively Atmosphere

Famous Fremont Street Sign - Las Vegas.

Immerse your group in the atmosphere that Vegas is famous for. Considered one of the most dazzling streets in the world, Fremont Street is a must-see during a Vegas bachelorette trip. While simply walking around the area is entertaining enough, it’s also lined with attractions and world-renowned bars and restaurants. A zip line runs right down the middle of the street while the world’s largest video screen provides entertainment from above. With 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system, the Viva Vision screen shows off stunning visuals that enhance the Fremont Street experience.

Unique attractions, live music, and glittering casinos add to the lofty list of things to do. Stop into Bar Prohibition at Golden Gate Hotel and Casino for handcrafted drinks and a glamourous speakeasy vibe. The original bar was an oasis for the wild men and women of the roaring 20’s, including Frank Sinatra. Steeped in history and updated with modern glamour, visiting Fremont Street and all of its attractions is sure to be on your bachelorette checklist.

A Thrilling Adventure

Dad and child enjoying the zipline at Rio in Las Vegas.

From the rides on top of the Stratosphere to the High Roller, Vegas is full of thrilling rides and attractions. Perfect for any adventure-seeking crew, the Voodoo zip line is a great option that can pump some adrenaline into your Vegas trip. Located between the two Rio hotel towers, the zip line sits 500 feet above the ground and can accommodate two riders at a time. This is a great opportunity to get a 360-degree view of the city from above. We recommend taking this thrilling ride at night so that the city lights come to life as you zoom across at speeds up to 33 mph. Since the zip line takes about one minute and ten seconds to complete, having each person in your group take a turn won’t take up a huge chunk of your night. After you’re done (since you’ll probably be in need of a couple drinks), there are a variety of bars and clubs within walking distance for your whole group of gals to enjoy.

A Well-Rounded Nightlife Experience

View of Omnia nightclub from the DJ booth in Las Vegas.

Nightlife is Vegas’ bread and butter. If your Vegas bachelorette party group is eager to explore the club scene, consider joining a club crawl. A club crawl eliminates the waiting-in-line factor and lumps all club covers into one ticket price (which tends to be cheaper if you’re planning on going to multiple clubs). Most club crawls include a party bus that will take you and your squad from one club to the next so you don’t have to worry about transportation. Sin City Club Crawls offers some great package deals for some of the most acclaimed clubs in Vegas including Omnia, Chateau, Jewel, and Light.

A Historic Landmark

Neon Museum in Downtown Las Vegas.

Since its inception, Vegas has been the go-to getaway for stars, which has created a rich, interesting history. The Neon Museum is the perfect place to immerse yourselves in that deep-seated culture and learn more about the city’s roots. Featuring a collection of signage and other Vegas memorabilia from as early as the 1930’s, the museum gives guests a unique peek into the history of Vegas. Knowledgeable tour guides share their wealth of information about where the signs came from, what role they played in Vegas culture, and how the aesthetic and technology shifted over time. The Neon Boneyard is filled with vintage signs and presents the perfect opportunity for a group photo to remember your Vegas bachelorette party. Since you need to reserve spots for the tour, we recommend booking early to secure your spots.

A Girly Activity

Group of girlfriends enjoy drinks at the Tea Lounge inside Mandarin Oriental.

Having all the girls together is an opportunity to indulge in things like group manicures, facials, and even a tea party. Satisfy your inner tea-party-loving girl with an afternoon tea session at Tea Lounge. Located inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Tea Lounge serves gourmet teas and deliciously delicate foods. Afternoon tea gives your group the perfect opportunity to catch up, indulge, and recover and/or prepare for a night out. Floor to ceiling windows show off gorgeous, Instagram-worthy Vegas views, while plush interiors elevate your experience. Nourish your bodies with detoxifying tea while you enjoy each other’s company at a tea party fit for queens. Since availability is limited, we highly recommend making a reservation beforehand for this bachelorette party activity.

Kiss your bride-to-be’s single years goodbye by enjoying everything Vegas has to offer. Every bachelorette group is different, but the perfect weekend away is almost always made up of nightlife exploration and Vegas-style indulgence. Our city makes it easy to send your bride into married life with bachelorette memories that will last a lifetime.

The Best Ways to Impress Your Valentine in Vegas

If you feel like January flew by, you may also realize that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! In the Entertainment Capital of the World, there’s no shortage of date ideas for this day of love. To make it easy to plan the perfect evening, we’ve compiled a collection of the most romantic things to do in Las Vegas for Valentine’s Day. Amaze your date this year with beautiful views, decadent meals, and experiences neither of you will ever forget!

Romantic Sites

The Bellagio Fountains

Bellagio fountain show in Las Vegas.

If you’re ballin’ on a budget but still want to impress your Valentine in Las Vegas, take them to the Bellagio Fountains. Watching the beautiful Bellagio Fountains while being surrounded by wonderful music and the twinkling lights of the Strip will make for a completely romantic (and free!) evening.

Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower

View of the Las Vegas Strip and Paris Las Vegas Hotel landmark from above.

Even if Paris, France is out of the question this Valentine’s Day, you can still treat your Valentine to the romantic City of Love, right here in Vegas. Taking a ride to the top of the the Eiffel Tower only costs $11.50 per person before 7:15 p.m. and $16.50 after. This local experience is a lot more affordable than a plane ticket halfway around the world!

Fremont Street Experience

Lights on the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas.

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day just as amazing as your date themselves, consider visiting the Fremont Street Experience. With endless things to do and see, including light shows and live entertainment every night, Fremont Street is the place to be for a good party this Valentine’s Day. You can even take your Valentine on a romantic date night amid the glitz and glam in one of the many restaurants and bars lining the streets.

Venetian Gondola Rides

Gondola rides at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

European cities are some of the most romantic in the world, and Vegas has figured that out. At The Venetian Las Vegas, you will find canals weaving throughout the space, just like the ones in Venice, Italy. They have even completed the romantic and authentic Italian experience with gondolas and singing gondoliers available to take you and your Valentine on a romantic ride to remember.

High Roller

High Roller at the Linq Promenade in Las Vegas.

Reach unbelievable heights in an air-conditioned, 30-minute ride on the world’s tallest observation wheel for one of the most romantic things to do in Las Vegas on this day of love. Impress your Valentine with the view of a lifetime on this extravagant ferris wheel experience. You can even enjoy breathtaking views of the Strip privately and rent out a VIP private cabin just for you and your Valentine.

Fine Dining

Park on Fremont

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Park on Fremont in Downtown Las Vegas is the perfect place to take your Valentine for an elegant brunch or a romantic date night out. Have fun and get stuffed with bites like the Garbage Fries, Mac & Cheese Balls and the Turkey Bacon “Avo-Philly,” just to name a few. This cool spot offers a great beer and cocktail selection and takes comfort food up a notch. Whether you want to sit on the infamously eclectic Fremont Street or in a more private setting on the back patio, your Valentine is sure to be impressed and satisfied after a Valentine’s Day at Park.

Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse

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If all of the romantic date ideas in Las Vegas are starting to become a little overwhelming, we’ve got you covered. Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse is the perfect place to take your date out on Valentine’s Day. You can never go wrong with premium quality American steaks and irresistible Italian favorites. Located in The D Las Vegas, Andiamo Steakhouse has won multiple awards for their sauces and handmade pasta. Go big this Valentine’s day and treat your loved one to the most romantic evening they’ve ever had.

Lago at Bellagio

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If our Bellagio Fountains idea caught your eye, here’s an even better one. Share a romantic night out with your love at The Lago by Julian Serrano, where you can indulge in their famous small plates while viewing the spectacular Bellagio Fountains. The restaurant features spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows to really take in the panoramic views. Or, if you want to make your Valentine’s Day even grander, you can sit on the open-air patio with Lake Bellagio waterfront seating.

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with an amazing date and an even more amazing meal. Whether you fly high in the High Roller or dine on some mouthwatering steak, Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas is sure to be a night to remember.