Vegas Part 2: Neon Boneyard
So there we were, in the car for about thirteen hours, driving from Colorado to Las Vegas. If you haven't read about our drive, you can check it out under the "Vegas Part 1: The Drive" blog on my home page. Anyways, we finally made it to Vegas! Since we were visiting Jeff's dad there, we didn't stay in a hotel, but we did drive through the strip and check out a few of the casinos. Apparently beginner's luck doesn't grace all beginners because we didn't win big... but it was fun to check out the casinos and explore the downtown strip a bit. We even saw Elvis! Also, I realized why people lose track of time in Vegas: the sky ceiling at Caesar's Palace! It changes from night to day and back again about every half hour or so. Add that to a few glasses of wine, and you'll forget if you've been there an hour or ten!
I won't talk much about the downtown strip because pretty much everyone has already been there, done that, or seen it on T.V. However, there was a unique museum that we really enjoyed that I want to share with ya'll. We went to check out the Neon Museum, otherwise known as the Neon Boneyard. This little outdoor museum is like a retirement village for famous Las Vegas neon signs. They've got the sign from Moulin Rouge, which now spells out "in love"; the famous Stardust sign as well as the original Golden Nugget sign; and even the Frontier sign, which is where Elvis played when he was still a nobody. Scroll through the pictures below to see these signs and check out my Neon Museum photo gallery for more pictures of the boneyard.
If you're looking for something a little different to see while in Vegas, I would definitely recommend this museum. It's all outdoors, so be sure to prepare for the weather, and there's also the option of touring at night, when some of the signs are lit up. Overall, we really enjoyed it. The guide told us some really interesting stories about the history of the various clubs and casinos where the signs came from and he also gave us tons of time to take pictures. Hope ya'll enjoy our pictures and maybe we've inspired you to check out some interesting side museums in Vegas someday!