Las Vegas was built on sand and decorated in neon. The casinos and hotels of the city have always been as bright and colourful as the clientele that visited them and it’s thanks in part to the city lights that shine so brightly they draw in and seduce visitors from all over the globe.
As a technology, neon’s days are over — the Vegas of today is plastered with LEDs — but many of the signs that once graced the city’s most famous joints have been collected in the Neon Boneyard, which can be found in the city’s downtown area.
My hour-long tour around the Boneyard was without a doubt the highlight of my time in Las Vegas. Not only do you get to see the signs in all their glory, but you get a tonne of information about the history of the city, the artists that were commissioned to craft this most alluring typography and the buildings the signs were perched upon. I’m not an art historian and it’s worth actually going here in order to listen to people who know what they’re talking about, so I won’t regurgitate what they’ve said. I thought though that I’d gather together some of my favourite shots from the tour and display them here to try and persuade you why you should make this the your number one stop in Sin City.
If you’re looking for more ways to have fun in Las Vegas, check out my post on the top five touristy things you must do in the city.