On my last trip to Las Vegas, I did something a little outside of the gamble-drink-dance-until-you-can’t-stand box. In fact, I would even venture to say that my excursion to the Neon Museum educational. Take that, Vegas.
Just north of the outdated yet nostalgic casinos and flashing lights that radiate from Vegas Vic and the Fremont Street experience, a humble museum visitors’ center is staged in the renovated space-age lobby of the La Concha Motel. The low key atmosphere is completely stripped away once you step outside under the blazing Vegas sun and make your way to the boneyard. Winding your way through the dusty alleys, you’ll see signs that you may have only read about and thought were long lost to history. The museum has the boneyard separated by casino, motel, and restaurant/wedding chapel/misc. signs and under the guidance of your knowledgeable tour guide (mine was excellent) you will be taken back to an era of Bugsy Siegel and $2 steak dinners after a long night at the tables.
Mind you, hardly any of the signs have been restored so you are looking at the effects of time and weather. But these rusted out monstrosities are not only completely amazing, they are the heartbeat of Las Vegas and should not be missed. I’ll let my sweet pics do the talking from here.
770 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Getting there: Take the Deuce headed North and get off at 4th Street at Stewart. From there, it’s about a 1/2 mile walk
Tip: Take a tour in the early morning or at night to avoid the hot, hot desert heat. Take a bottle of water with you!