Las Vegas, Nevada audio tour: Downtown Las Vegas: Glitter Gulch, Ghosts and Gangsters

Downtown Las Vegas: Glitter Gulch, Ghosts and Gangsters

Walking Tour

30 mins

About the Tour

Like moths to a flame, people come from all over the world to take in the bright lights, neon signs, and famous downtown hotels that make up the ‘Fremont Street experience’. But when the lights go out, another story unfolds. This walking tour takes you back to the beginning where Las Vegas’ history, as we know it, began.

Take in tales of gangsters, ghosts, railroads, and the glittering Hollywood elite. Stroll down Glitter Gulch and discover the untold stories of Las Vegas’ most fascinating district, including:

• Benny “The Cowboy” Binion and his innovative approach to table games
• How city tunnels came to be filled with the ashes of the dead
• Vegas’ luckiest casino
• Vic Cowboy and Vickie, the most famous neon signs in Vegas
• The men’s bathrooms that feature a section of the Berlin Wall

Fremont Street is a must-see destination on any Las Vegas tour. From ghosts to mobsters to kitschy roadside attractions, this tour covers it all!

Tour Producer


Stefanie C

My name is Stefanie, and I blog about the history of Classic Hollywood. I am not classically trained or college-educated in film studies. I didn’t receive a degree in history from Harvard. I just love Hollywood and its history.

Armed with a knowledge of the classic film actresses/songbirds and their life stories, my trusty Android, and Eliza, my pet cat, I’m hunting down star-studded stories both past and present.

Major Landmarks

  • Golden Nugget

  • Binon's

  • The D

  • Fremont Street Experience

  • Cowboy

Directions to Starting Point

Begin your tour in front of the El Cortez. Look for the ranch-style architecture.

Show Directions
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Places to stop along the way

For additional neon lights, don't miss the Neon Museum! It is, in my opinion, the best Las Vegas attraction.

Best time of day

Dusk is best, before the crowds make hearing the audio difficult and just when the neon is starting to light up. Noise-canceling earbuds are recommended!


This is Las Vegas! Be careful when crossing busy streets, and watch out for pickpockets.


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Downtown Las Vegas: Glitter Gulch, Ghosts and Gangsters