For our trip to Vegas we all agreed to see a variety of attractions that each of us had found. Maggie honestly hit the jackpot with one of her must-sees: The Neon Museum.
The Neon Museum is located in Old Vegas near Freemont street for those familiar with the area. It is basically a neon sign boneyard with guided tours running every 20 minutes during the day and into the early evening. We ended up with a day-time slot because the time-slots during the evening periods where it is dark out (think lit-up neon signs) go super quick!
The tour was an hour long and covered all of the basics of neon signs: the history, production process, and the most notable signs in Vegas history.
What I was most impressed with was the passion that our tour guide had for neon signs. He moved to Vegas about 30 years ago and began volunteering at the museum. Because of his passion for preservation and all things neon, they brought him in to work and give tours. Even as a person that has never thought twice about the signs I see, I was blown away and super into the art of neon by the time I finished the tour.
I think what I appreciate most when I travel the country is just how similar yet unique every person and every place is. In terms of geography this country basically has 50 different worlds inside of it. From Rhode Island to Montana to Nevada (3 of the most recent trips I've had) you would think you've traveled the world, but you're actually just traveling the states.
The people are what inspire me the most though. Our nation is built on immigrants and the diversity shows just that. The 'American' way is the product of the melting pot and it's so amazing to witness. That diversity is our cornerstone yet we are all so similar in our values and morals; a truth I've found in meeting new people everywhere I got. Each person values family, handwork, and freedom. It really is quite a cool thing.
Enough on that slight tangent though... back to the Neon Museum:
The tickets are $19 and all of the money goes to the upkeep and preservation of these signs. Yes they're beautiful and cool, but they also hold so much history and meaning which makes them extremely valuable and timeless.
Also I'd be lying if I said I didn't LOVE the instagram-worthy pics I was able to get while there. It was an extremely memorable experience and I recommend this tour to anyone going to Vegas!