My wife and I are young. I'm in my thirties, and she's still in her twenties. This was the first time we had vacationed at Vegas, and by and large, we feel that Vegas is a disgusting place filled to the brim with cons; one after the next.
Between the constant onslaught of pornographers, the peddlers pushing their junk on you, the constant barrage of the yolos, the meat heads and woo girls cluttering every square inch of space, the sidewalk system designed solely to sidetrack you into spending more, and beggars every 20', we were ready to leave tomorrow and never consider returning.
However, tonight some friends from out of town took us to Fremont, and it was exactly what we were looking for. Sure, there are still casinos and showgirls dressed in body paint, and old men in fairy wings and thongs doing the splits in the middle of the road, but the overall feel is not one of commercialism, greed or debauchery. It's much more subtle, more clean, no visible transients, and far, far less crowded.
One other reviewer likened it to a blend of Las Vegas, Mardi Gras and a county fair. To me, with the free concert, the covered walkway illuminating everything, the wide variety of people just expressing themselves in different ways, the bars and casinos lining the street with bartenders juggling bottles, it felt a lot more like the America I've been missing these last 10 years. We're talking a place where people in their 20s were rubbing elbows with those in their 50s, from all walks of life, without bothering to maintain the guise of being cool, beautiful or trendy.
There were top notch taco shops serving Mexican, pizza, asian, traditional American and lots in between. A wide variety of street performers just performing instead of trying to hustle a tip out of you for a photo op.
Off the beaten path? Yes.
Retro Vegas? Yes.
Party central? Definitely not. Stay on the strip if you're out to get wasted, party and then crawl home. This is the wrong scene for you.
Returning? Absolutely. I wish we knew about this our first day here. There was something magical about the old Vegas casinos I can't put my finger on, but I was sold from the moment we got out of the car.
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