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A few things you probably didn’t know about downtown Las Vegas.

Fun Facts

  • The famous Las Vegas Strip is not located within the city limits of Las Vegas. The strip actually comes under the jurisdiction of Clark County.

  • More than 41 million people visit Las Vegas each year.

  • Las Vegas was rated one of the top 10 locations in the country for great food (a "foodie haven").

  • Over 22,000 conventions are held in Las Vegas every year.

  • The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, located downtown in Symphony Park, ranked 10th among theater venues throughout the world for ticket sales.

  • At 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere is the tallest observation tower in the United States and the second tallest free-standing structure west of the Mississippi River.

  • Legalization of gambling in 1931 encouraged other parts of the country to request the recall of Nevada’s statehood. Today there are forms of legalized gambling in 48 of the 50 states.

  • With its millions of lights, Las Vegas is considered the brightest spot on Earth.

  • Las Vegas is home to more than half of the 20 largest hotels in the world.

  • There are more than 150 casinos and at least 150,000 hotel/motel rooms in the Las Vegas valley area.

  • Gaming/gambling generally accounts for slightly over 43 percent of Las Vegas casinos' revenue. The balance is generated from rooms, food and beverages. Dining and shopping have become major components of the Las Vegas experience.

  • Downtown's Golden Gate is the oldest continuously operating hotel and casino in Las Vegas; it opened in 1906 as Hotel Nevada.

  • McCarran International Airport is the seventh busiest airport in the United States and North America.

  • Annual rainfall in Las Vegas totals slightly more than four inches.

  • Dayvid Figler and Rae Lathrop

    DF: Downtown was great as a kid and it is even greater as an adult. I love all of downtown’s hidden gems, its vibrancy, history and sense of connection. Rae is relatively newer to Las Vegas, but just as passionate about downtown. Downtown lends itself to the shared experience, and as a couple we both love seeing this part of the city through each other's eyes. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

     

  • Brandon Wiegand

    The downtown Las Vegas of today has much to attract residents - a burgeoning restaurant and nightlife scene, growing diversity of businesses, and major centers of art and culture. Plus, living downtown I am easily within walking or biking distance of it all. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Mark Brandenburg, President of Golden Gate

    I think downtown Las Vegas is a unique blend of intimacy and great energy. Plus, in contrast to The Strip, it’s so easy to walk around…The Golden Gate has been here for over 100 years and with all the changes going on downtown, it feels like a new era. It truly is a renaissance—the rebirth of a classic.

  • Alexandra Epstein, Executive Vice President of El Cortez Casino Hotel

    This downtown area… is emerging and where many events are happening.

  • Johnny Jimenez, Owner of Toy Shack of Las Vegas

    Our business is booming amid the foot traffic on Fremont Street, and we’ve started to see how tourists are falling in love with downtown as they discover it. In the past year, we’re increasingly hearing things like, ‘Wow, next time we’ll stay downtown instead of on The Strip,’ or ‘We’ve visited downtown many times, but this is the first year we’ve actually stayed in a downtown hotel.’ They like that there is more to do within a smaller walking radius.