Las Vegas' Fremont Street is a seven-block pedestrian mall, covered by a five-block, 1500-foot canopy computer graphics screen, the largest in the world. The canopy, which opened in 1995, slopes 90-feet over the street and erupts after dark in a multi-media sound and light show, called the "Fremont Street Experience." The mesmerizing show repeats every hour on the hour, beginning at dusk and features 12 million lights and 550,000 watts of concert-quality sound. What's more: the show is free!
Fremont Street is the home of Las Vegas gambling and casinos, as we have come to know them. The first gaming license was issued there in 1931, and after the advent of neon in the 1940's, the street came to epitomize Vegas with its larger than life neon figures, such as "Vegas Vic," christened in 1942.
Fremont Street, in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, is home to ten casinos, 60+ restaurants, and innumerable lounges and bars. The area also features street performers, concerts (usually free), and retail kiosks along the route as well as the Neon Museum and the Marketplace on Fremont Street. At the edge of the pedestrian mall is Neonpolis, a recently opened $100 million open-air restaurant, shopping, and cinema complex. The area is definitely worth a trip away from the Strip.