It’s time to experience the truly local side of Vegas. Nearby the mega-hotels, packed casinos, and world-class shows, there’s a pocket of Las Vegas that taps into the artistic and home-grown side of the city. On this tour, we’ll show you the original (and now vintage) elements of Las Vegas along with the incredible arts district, completely overlooked by most tourists visiting the city. Here you’ll find beautiful public murals and graffiti, some of the best vintage and consignment shopping around, and an opportunity to make real connections with local artists at a fabulous artist collective. On this tour, you’ll get your vintage Vegas fix along with discovering a local art scene.
Your tour starts in the heart of The 18b, also known as the Las Vegas Arts District, at Boulder Plaza. Recently celebrating its 20th anniversary, 18b (named after the 18 blocks it occupies) is the go-to area of town for all things vintage, creative, kitschy, artistic and downright odd. Most visitors don’t often get to explore the local art around downtown Las Vegas, but trust us, it’s just as vibrant and exciting as anything you’ll find on The Strip. Vegas boasts some truly unique public art, from a gigantic sculpture of a paintbrush to the dynamic color blasts of graffitied walls to a huge bust of a very cheeky cat. We’re betting you’ve never seen anything like 18b’s public art. Enjoy the introduction into Vegas’ incredible local art scene and take advantage of the photo ops as you explore this dynamic corner of Vegas with your guide.
You’ll also get a chance to go behind-the-scenes of some more conventional art spaces, like the Arts Factory. This converted warehouse is now home to numerous artists and galleries, both contemporary and modern, who work in a variety of media, from jewelry to photography to fine art and more. Your guide will not only take you through the space, but give you the opportunity to meet some of the local artists or shopkeepers - a real treat!
From the Vegas art scene, your tour shifts gears and puts a spotlight on vintage Vegas - with some only-in-Vegas shopping! First, you’ll head to the growing antique row along Main Street. If you’re in love with retro style, you’re going to be in heaven! Maybe you’ll find the perfect Vegas souvenir from the 1950s, or your dream pair of kooky sunglasses, or a velvet housecoat, or that look-a-like couch from the Brady Bunch. Look around and you’ll see more cozy bars and shops — everything from a retro beauty parlour to a yoga studio to an oddities shop that has some real off-the-wall finds. Absorb the significance of the roots of Las Vegas from your expert guide, and we’ll connect you with old-school Vegas as we bounce from shop to shop. Your guide will also find the perfect place to stop and grab a snack, before you’re back at it, hunting for more incredible finds!
Throughout your tour, you’ll realize that you’re probably the only visitors around, as this area is usually frequented by locals only. That’s why we love it so much. Your tour will end on Main Street, where you can easily find a spot to grab dinner, a happy hour drink, or head back to your favorite shop to purchase that purple bowler hat you had your eye on. Your guide will be more than happy to give you recommendations for the rest of your evening or the rest of your visit to Las Vegas. Whatever you do after your tour with us, you’ll definitely feel like a Las Vegas local!
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, a small snack
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please dress comfortably and casually for warm or hot desert weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: In the event of road or attraction closures, your guide will do their best to work around the obstacles or take your tour to alternate locations.
Child Policy: Travellers under 21 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.