And Now For Something a Little Different in Las Vegas
What better thing to do in Vegas than to trace its mob roots? The tour begins in 1945 and travels through the 80s while you travel around town. There are sites along the way where robberies, murders and loan sharking took place. You learn about the legends in the mob scene such as Bugsy Siegel and Sam Giancana, along with many others. Your tour host, decked out in mob attire, shares with you all of the famous and infamous players in the mob scene.
Fun facts and many famous stops along the way fill the over 2 hours of tour time. The final destination is a pizza party at what used to be the Bootlegger Restaurant but is now called Angelina’s Pizza Parlor. This was the place where the Hole in the Wall Gang used to plan their crimes.
You can see the shows, visit the casinos, and walk the strip, but it won’t be a true Vegas experience without the Mob Tour.
Some Gambling History:
Gambling was first legalized in Las Vegas on March 19, 1931. Before the legalization of gambling, betting took place in the backrooms of small businesses. Once it was legalized, gambling moved to the front of the businesses and faced Freemont Street. On November 7, 1941, the first hotel and casino opened: El Cortez Hotel and Casino. On March 28, 1945, Moe Sedway bought the El Cortez Hotel and Casino. The El Cortez Hotel and Casino is still standing today and received the honor of being the longest running hotel and casino in Vegas. Additionally, the hotel as the honor of helping bring the mob to Vegas, because Moe Sedway had been a long time associate of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel.
Contact Information: Explore Vegas Now (702) 677-9015
Explore Vegas’ spooky side! Hunt for ghosts and other paranormal activity around Vegas on this guided excursion. What tools will you need to find the ghosts and spirits? Each ghost hunter will be given dowsing rods and an EMF meters to pick up the haunted signals.
- Dowsing Rods: Dowsing rods, sometimes called divining rods, can be shaped in a “Y” pattern or be two separate sticks. They are used to pick up the presence of underground water, metal deposits, or gravesites. When the person is near such objects, the rods will point towards them.
- EMF Readers: An EMF meter is a scientific instrument used for detecting the strength of electromagnetic fields (EMF) within an area. It has been speculated that the presence of paranormal activity and ghosts disrupt the EMF readings and cause spikes or unexplained fluctuations in the readings.
What types of areas will be explored: There is a bridge, a park, and a haunted house where spirits will be tracked down. Since this will be an outdoor quest, it is recommended that comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate attire are worn.
Length of tour: 2.5 hours
Contact Information/Ticket Sales: 866-218-4935
Both tourist attractions are not handicapped accessible. Photography, both still and video, is encouraged while on the hosted tour. There are stops made that give the opportunity for everyone to depart the tour vehicle and walk around the designated areas.
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