On our last trip to Las Vegas, I asked my boyfriend if he’d like to visit Fremont Street. He said sure, and continued by stating he’s never been to Fremont before. My ears perked up, say what? This man has been to Vegas too many times to count, and he’s never been? Once the initial shock passed, it got me thinking, if a seasoned Vegas veteran like B hasn’t been, who else has overlooked this awesome spot?
Fremont Street dates back to 1905, when Las Vegas itself was founded; it was also the first paved street in Las Vegas in 1925 and received the city’s first traffic light in 1931. Additionally, it boasted the first hotel in Las Vegas called the Hotel Nevada, now known as Golden Gate. Pretty neat, right? Fremont Street earned the nickname “Glitter Gulch” because of the abundance of neon signs along the street (like cowboy Vegas Vic). In fact, Fremont Street is probably the street you’re seeing in old movies and television shows, since it depicted and embodied the ‘Las Vegas scene’, which was glittering lights.
Fremont Street has since gone under quite a few changes since the olden days. In 1992, 80% of the Las Vegas casino market was on the Strip (the one everyone is familiar with) – which meant, it was time to figure out how to bring people back to Fremont Street. They introduced Fremont Street Experience project. And in 1994, a five block section of Fremont Street was closed to automobile traffic for good – and they began building out what Fremont Street Experience is today.
It still has casinos and hotels that are open and operating, including a personal favorite, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas. But now there’s also high-tech LED light shows, free concerts, zip-lining and more restaurants and bars to walk to. It’s a really cool place to explore, learn to gamble (cheap tables), and an overall great time. Now, after you’re done gambling and seeing the new and historic sites, take a stroll on over to Fremont East; a street filled with trendy bars, giant pink flamingo, delicious food, and neon signs galore.
10 Photos That Prove You Need To Visit Fremont Street East:
Want more hot tips while visiting Las Vegas? Check out this article here for more!