Ever wondered where old neon signs go after Strip casinos are dramatically imploded? Then you’ll want to check out the Neon Museum’s neon sign boneyard, located just north of downtown. Tours of the fascinating boneyard are offered by reservation only, though a limited number of walk-up spots for daytime tours may be available (but don’t count on it). Nighttime tours, when many of the neon signs are lit by spotlights and a few are even still working, almost always sell out in advance. Check in for your tour at the museum’s visitor center, which sits inside the shell of the vintage La Concha motel lobby designed by Mid-Century Modern architect Paul Revere Williams.
The Neon Museum also makes elsewhere in downtown come alive with an authentic Old Vegas vibe, thanks to its sponsored outdoor galleries. Restored vintage neon signs spiral around the glass elevator shaft inside the Neonopolis and light up the 3rd Street cul-de-sac north of the Fremont Street Experience. You can visit these outdoor galleries 24 hours a day for free, but to fully appreciate their flashy beauty, show up after dark.
Tip: If you’ll also be visiting downtown’s Mob Museum, you can save money by buying a combination ticket.