Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV

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The hotels of Fremont Street are some of the first hotels that were built in Las Vegas. The Fremont Hotel is fifty years old and still going strong. The Golden Gate is one hundred years old and is where visitors can still get a 99 cent shrimp cocktail. Wayne Newton got his start at the Fremont Hotel as did many other famous performers. Freemont Street is the first paved street in downtown Las Vegas; it had the first street light, elevator in a hotel and the first hotel to be designed as a casino.

The Freemont Street Experience is much more than a street. There are ten casinos that line the street, but the outdoor VivaVision canopy with its twelve million lights and 550,000 watt sound system is something that draws more than seventeen million visitors a year to the "Street''. The images that appear overhead combine with the music to enchant visitors.

Shows start at dusk and go on every hour. There is no charge to watch this incredible performance and everyone is welcome. The LED screens are ninety feet above the ground. Underneath the canopy are shopping venues, kiosks and two permanent stages. Over sixty restaurants serve the tourists that visit Freemont Street each year.

The Freemont Street Experience encompasses free concerts, special events and many different street performers. This seven block pedestrian mall cost approximately seventy million dollars back in 1995 when it was built. The four block canopy that was opened in 2004 has live action video capabilities. This digital video display system cost seventeen million dollars alone. There are ten high tech computers that operate the spectacle from a climate controlled environment.

Hotels that are on Freemont Street are Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel, California Hotel and Casino, the Fitz Casino and Hotel, Freemont Hotel and Casino, Golden Nugget, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, Main Street Station, Vegas Club and the Four Queens Hotel and Casino. Many people enjoy the pampering and luxury of these hotels in the Downtown area.

Dining is available at any of the hotels on Freemont Street as well as other restaurants in the seven blocks of pedestrian mall. With more than sixty to choose from visitors can get fast food, buffets or gourmet meals at the many offerings.

All of the hotels have casinos for the guests and visitors to enjoy. State of the art slot and video slot machines along with table games like Blackjack, Roulette and Craps will be available. Race and Sports Book can be found and Poker rooms for any level of player.

After visiting the Freemont Street Experience visitors can go back to the Strip for other outdoor shows. The fountains at the Bellagio are choreographed to all types of music and Treasure Island has a pirate show twice nightly. Stars, magicians and Las Vegas Revues are also part of the entertainment on the Strip and at the hotels on Freemont Street. Everyone can enjoy the outdoor light and music show, but visitors should get there early for a great view.

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