The first trip I ever made to Las Vegas was is 1996, I was 19, not even old enough to gamble or drink. I was only there for one night; I stayed at The Sahara, which was at the end of the strip near the Stratosphere. The Vegas strip looked a lot different back then, most of the major hotels and casinos we see today, hadn’t been built yet. I decided to hike the strip, from my hotel all the way to Tropicana, about 4 miles. Even though there wasn’t as much to see as there is today, the one thing I will always remember are the lights. Neon tubes and bright lights everywhere, The Stardust, The Riviera. The Flamingo, even the Motel 6 had neon, it was truly a sight to see.
This last year my girlfriend treated me to a week in Vegas for my 37th birthday; I hadn’t been on a non-work trip there in years. I was really looking forward to doing some touristy things, and high on my list was a stop at The Neon Museum and Boneyard. I had tweeted about maybe wanting to go and Kylie Ireland convinced me that this is not something to be missed. The Boneyard is a resting place for the skeletons of many historical Las Vegas signs, some famous, like The Stardust and Golden Nugget and others not so famous, but still fascinating to look at.
We took the hour-long tour around the Neon Museum and Boneyard, and I loved every minute of it. Even though they didn’t light up, there was still some magic in these former beacons of the strip, and I had my iPhone out taking pictures, just like a good tourist should. I have been in a few of the hotels that these signs used to belong to, but I got a little sentimental when I saw a big one for the first Vegas hotel I ever stayed at, The Sahara.
Next time you’re in Las Vegas make a trip down the strip to The Neon Museum and Boneyard. – 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV. 89101