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Las Vegas City Trip - Fremont East District

The Fremont Experience, a five-block pedestrian promenade, provides a popular alternative to the Las Vegas Strip
The Fremont Experience, a five-block pedestrian promenade featuring
Viva Vision, the largest big screen on the planet

LAS VEGAS DAY 2: Fremont Street, Green Valley, Lake Las Vegas and Hoover Dam

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Besides gambling and lounging by the pool, there's plenty do to on your second day. After breakfast at your hotel, take a guided tour of the Neon Museum Boneyard, a destination attraction that preserves Las Vegas' history, or head east of Las Vegas Boulevard on Fremont Street to check out the Fremont East District, an eclectic mixture of bars, clubs and cafés with retro-styled vintage neon signs lining the storefronts and street median.

There are plenty of spots for lunch, from organic pizza at Wild to Kerry Simon's Pork & Beans. But save your hearty appetite for a sumptuous dinner tonight at one of the city's top eateries such as Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace; Joël Robuchon and L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand; and CarneVino, an Italian steakhouse from chef Mario Batali and his partner/winemaker Joseph Bastianich.

After dinner, catch a show. Our favorites include Cirque du Soleil's "O" at Bellagio, "Love" at The Mirage, "Mystere" at TI, "KA" at MGM Grand, "Le Rêve" at Wynn Las Vegas, Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo, "Jubilee" at Bally's and "Legends In Concert" at Harrah's. Or, enjoy the Tony-award winning musical Jersey Boys at Paris, and Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain and Elton John, who rotate performing schedules at Caesars Palace.

Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace

Another option for your evening out on the town is the Fremont Street Experience with its light shows under a vaulted laser-studded canopy. The latter has re-energized downtown Las Vegas, where the handsome Golden Nugget sparked many of its neighboring hotel-casinos' remodeling and upgrading.

Alternately, you could head out of the busy city today to soothing Lake Las Vegas, about twenty miles southeast of the Strip in Henderson. It's a tranquil destination for boating, hiking and golfing on championship-quality courses on the shores of a crystal blue lake. The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa has appealing amenities, including its signature restaurant, Marssa, and the Aston MonteLago Village Resort features fifteenth-century Tuscan winery-themed architecture.

Hoover Dam is a popular tourist destination southeast of Las Vegas
Hoover Dam

Another Day Two option is Green Valley in Henderson, with its many golf courses and the dynamic Green Valley Ranch resort, located seven miles southeast of the Strip. Its amenities include a beautiful pool area, the fantastic Feast Buffet and Hank's Fine Steak & Martinis, plus the neighborhood's nearby arts center and International Culinary School at the Art Institute.

Both Lake Las Vegas and Green Valley are well on the way to Southern Nevada's most famous tour destination, Hoover Dam, southeast on U.S. Highway 93, and Lake Mead for house boating, cruising and water-skiing.

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