Las Vegas wasn’t always the modern city you know it as today. The Strip was once full of neon signs, mobsters and all the glitz and glamour you could imagine. As Vegas continues to modernize, you can still find a bit of that old school Vegas at some of the city’s shows and attractions.
Besides Elvis Presley, nothing signifies Las Vegas more than the Rat Pack. Las Vegas’ most famous entertainers Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra and their live big band serenade audiences nightly in the Rat Pack is Back at COPA Showroom Theatre in Tuscany Suites & Casino. Take a trip back to Vegas in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s and relive the group’s catchy tunes and playful banter. The show also shows video clips of the Rat Pack performing in Vegas.
Whether good or bad, organized crime is a big part of Las Vegas’ history. In fact, the mob financed, built and operated casinos like Sands, Riviera, Sahara, Tropicana, and Stardust. At The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement aka the Mob Museum you’ll learn about the Mob’s influence on the city. Throughout the museum’s 3 floors you’ll find artifacts and exhibits from some of the most prominent mob families, take virtual weapons training, and more.
Las Vegas used to be full of neon signs. Everywhere you turned you were blinded by the brightness. As the city fades away from the neon you can still find the signs of yesterday at the Neon Museum. The two-acre Neon Boneyard is the permanent resting place of historic neon signs from such old Vegas hotspots as the Stardust, the Binion’s Horseshoe, and Lady Luck.
All Shook Up
Elvis has not left the building. You might expect to bump into an Elvis Presley impersonator during your time in Vegas. He is THE celebrity associated with the Strip due to his early years performing in the city’s many casinos. If you never had the chance to see Elvis live in Vegas, now you can during the new show, All Shook Up. Watch as the best Elvis impersonators perform the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s smash hits from his career and heyday in Vegas.