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Area's to Avoid

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by K-9treatbaker, Jul 9, 2014.

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  1. K-9treatbaker

    K-9treatbaker Low-Roller

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    Hello,

    I would like opinions on the area's to avoid for tourist when in Vegas.

    I know the area by the Stratosphere can be sketchy, but with all the new stuff downtown, any area's that need to be visited with caution? Container park, okay?

    Thanks in advance, I appreciate all input and advice.

    Kindly,
    K-9treatbaker
     
  2. smartone

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    For the most part, many areas in Las Vegas change after dark... the real vermin seem somewhat adverse to the sunshine. In general... parts of Boulder Hwy are not particularly "pedestrian friendly". The Container Park has security on-site and is just fine... the short distance between the El Cortez and the Park and east Fremont St. in general will likely encounter a pan-handler or 2, as opposed to an ax-murderer, but it's not wise to go wandering around the side streets off of east Fremont. In my mind, same thing goes for the area around the Strat. I think Las Vegas Blvd. has enough traffic most times of the day and visible metro presence to be safe for walking, but don't go into the area in back of the Strat... that's called the Naked City, after the topless showgirls who back in the day used to sun themselves at the pools of what now has become a very low-rent apartment area, with most of the pools now cemented in. It's a high-crime, high drug use area and nothing good goes on back there.

    The same can be said for most of N. Las Vegas. It's true there's some very nice housing sub-divisions in N. Las Vegas, but the parts most tourists will encounter are pretty sketchy. I'm referring to the area just north of downtown Las Vegas where people like to think they'll take a walk to the Neon Boneyard or on up to Cashman Field to take in a baseball game. That stretch of both Main St. and LV Blvd. isn't nice or friendly. A little further north from there is where most of the area's homeless services are located and it's just not pretty.

    The area around the Hard Rock gets a little dicey. Though it's usually a safe walk heading west from there to the strip, there have been problems... again... almost always after dark. A month ago or thereabouts, a guy just started stabbing people at the corner of Koval and Harmon for no apparent reason. Though that's obviously extreme, weird stuff like that can and does happen in Las Vegas. Lot of mentally unstable people (and I'm not just referring to BeeJay) who just lose it at times. The area north of Flamingo up to Desert Inn and from Paradise to like Eastern ought to be avoided. Sierra Vista (Crack Ally) is in there and a very high crime area.

    A lot depends on your tolerance for "big-city nonsense". I personally don't feel threatened or bothered by a methhead talking to themselves rather loudly... others may be. In Las Vegas, as in most big cities, if you stay on the "beaten path" where the other folks are and keep your wits about you, you'll be fine. Start wandering into the areas behind these glitzy casinos and things change in a hurry. There is a ton of people in Las Vegas, again as in most big cities, whose "job" it is to separate people from their money... most are hustlers and con artists, but others just take. Don't walk around with tunnel vision. Even in the high-traffic areas there can be pockets of concern, like the parking garages. Plenty of Las Vegas "vermin" watch for people to cash in at the cage and head out to the parking garage... alone. Dumb idea. Also, keep in mind that these people often work in teams and can be very slick. Don't flash cash and be discreet and smart about how and what you do when in town. Bottom line... don't make yourself an easy "mark".
     
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  3. K-9treatbaker

    K-9treatbaker Low-Roller

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    Smartone,

    Thank you for the very detailed report.

    I never make myself an easy mark, but it is good to know different area's that are sketchy.

    I appreciate your input and I hope others will join in this conversation.

    K-9treatbaker
     
  4. parlay the yo

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    How is the area between the Wynn and The Riveria. We are staying at the Wynn Tuesday and Wednesday nights and need a back up plan if table limits get to high at the Wynn in the evenings. I have never stayed on the North end of the strip before.
     
  5. smartone

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    I think it's fine. My 25 y.o. son just spent some time with his friends and stayed at the Wynn, but walked up to the Riv and Circus Circus to take advantage of the lower limit gaming and they were just fine. It was a group of about 8 (half guys/half girls) and they walked there and back and at times like 2 a.m. and they were OK. Again, though the area is desolate comparatively to the rest of the strip... the SLS will be opening soon and hopefully, some activity with begin at the old Echelon project across the street. Yes, you'll likely run across an unsavory looking character or 2, who may ask for some money... but that's not threatening or unsafe to me... to others it may be.
     
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    Main Street between Fremont and Charleston or so gives me the total creepies even with the doors locked and the windows rolled up!

    Main and Foremaster area is worse, but off the beaten path for tourista types.
     
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    Ogden, hang a left out of the ElCo Cabana Suites and it looks pretty sketchy. Past their parking garage.
     
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    Back when the Ice House was still open on Main & Bonneville, my wife and I used to walk there all the time for NFL Sunday Ticket games. Granted, I wouldn't do it at night, but we always felt fine during the day.

    I'm not recommending someone walk that way, but we used to do it before the economy went in the dumper, which ultimately forced them out out of business. Oh, and perhaps the fact that they were supposed to extend the monorail and there was supposed to be a stop at that corner.

    A shame really, the owners stuck probably around 1 mil into that place. It was state of art for A/V entertainment.
     
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    If you are renting a car and want to visit casinos away from the Strip and Downtown I would avoid the Texas Station and Fiesta both next to each other in North Las Vegas. They are in a ghetto area. The Eastside around Boulder Highway looks a bit shady. Smartone is right, all the unsavory characters in Vegas come out after dark. I would be extra cautious pumping gas in any Vegas neighborhood after dark. The only Vegas area that does not seem sketchy is far Westside near Summerlin.
     
  10. DonnyC

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    That area is fine.

    We stayed at the Villa Roma on Convention Center Drive once and once at the LVH.

    I was 27,28...brother was 22,23.

    We walked those parts at all hours of the night...no issue.
     
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    As with any major city I am not going to walk down any side streets or a strip of sidewalk were there aren't at least a handful of people at night.
    Common sense rules here.

    Since we do get up early in Vegas around the time the drunks are heading back to their room we do carry some mace even on the main strip because its so empty.

    No worries during the day.
     
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    Another area to avoid? Low cost buffets! No one should have to encounter food poisoning on vacation!

    Smartone's point about "big city nonsense" and ones ability to tolerate that is a good point. I am a cityslicker so I am not bothered by weirdos on the streets and don't get worried easily. But others who aren't used to the big cities may get freaked out a bit.
     
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