TRAVEL TOUR: LAS VEGAS HISTORIC PRESERVATION & REVITALIZATION
April 13, 2020 @ 8:00 AM - April 18, 2020 @ 5:00 PM
Landmark Society Members: $2,892 double occupancy / $3,202 single occupancy
Non-members: $3,192 double occupancy / $3,502 single occupancy
What’s included: Round trip flights from Rochester to Las Vegas, ground transportation, five nights at Bally’s Hotel and Resort, 14 meals, two shows, all tours/admissions and more!
To register, please print, complete and return this RESERVATION FORM. For more information, please feel free to contact Cindy Boyer at 585.546.7029 x12.
The Nevada Preservation Foundation is our sister organization and is connecting us to some amazing opportunities, including an annual “Mid Mod Mix” tour. This event sells out every year, and they are offering a private tour just for our group. We’ll tour classic mid-century modern neighborhoods, see the areas where Las Vegas became “Vegas” and even get to tour at least one private home.
We’ll spend time in downtown Las Vegas as well, discovering revitalized areas and local history. One of the most intriguing adaptive reuses around is the National Register-listed Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement– better known as The Mob Museum. Interpreting the hidden history of organized crime, it’s housed in a 1933 post office and courthouse. In 1950 one of the Kefauver hearings investigating crime syndicates in interstate commerce was held there. We’ll see a multimedia recreation as well as numerous exhibits (and you may find a Rochester connection). The other downtown gem is The Neon Museum. An outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard with over 200 signs, we’ll trace Vegas history through Neon before experiencing their illumination show “Brilliant”.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the company Zappos? Their founder, Tony Hsieh, invested vision and funds in a formerly neglected downtown area – Fremont East. The transformation is amazing. We’re fortunate to have a connection – former Rochesterian Carla Longobardi works for Zappos and will give us a real insider’s look at the rebirth of an urban area into a maker’s neighborhood during our “Downtown Escapade” tour.
We will also travel out of the city through desert landscape to tour one of the largest National Historic Landmarks around – Hoover Dam. Opened in 1936, its elegant Art Deco style is a masterwork of engineering.
Of course, we’re including characteristic Vegas experiences as well. We’ll stay on the Strip at Bally’s: a classic resort ideally located mid-strip, making it easy to explore the architectural wonders and attractions in the many hotel casinos. Dancing fountains, erupting volcanoes, a glass ceiling created by Chihuly and a huge conservatory are just some of the sights in store. We’ll also enjoy Cirque du Soleil’s show “Love”. A tribute to the Beatles, its custom designed theater is almost as much of an attraction as the show itself.
These days many people travel to Las Vegas for the dining. We’ll experience everything from traditional fare to gourmet buffets to a celebration dinner in a celebrity chef’s restaurant. Which chef? Hint: it’s the hottest reservation in town!
You’ll have free time to book an additional show, spa treatments, or just relax at the pool. There will also be optional Strip Sightseeing Strolls with Cindy Boyer, who has visited Las Vegas more than 20 times.