Is a week and a half after a vacation too soon to start wishing for another vacation? The past few days I've just been daydreaming about our next getaway. I feel like a kid in school, waiting for Summer to start! Since I'm still on a Vegas high, I decided today was a good day to share the last bit of photos I have from our trip. Our last day in Vegas, Andrew and I took a little detour on our way home to check out downtown Las Vegas. It was a dream, and I think I might like it just a little more than the strip. It's full of so much color, and it's oddly peaceful. I can see the appeal in wanting to live in the area, minus the 100+ degree weather and all. These first few paintings are on a building directly across from the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, from Pawn Stars. The shop itself was really cool, and it was fun to hear that the stars on the show actually still work at the shop 5 days a week! I didn't take too many photos in there, but after checking out their inventory, we stopped to admire all the color directly across the street. Andrew and I being young and naive, ended up walking into an adult film and bookstore..."because look at all the colors!!!!". Uh, yeah, I was out of there real quick. But luckily the outside of the building was pretty!
After getting our fill of colorful walls there, we drove a few minutes past Fremont Street, where we found a goldmine of color and walls full of life! If you're ever in downtown Las Vegas, you should checkout Maser Motel. It's an abandoned hotel that was painted by an Irish street artist using over 50 gallons of paint. The hotel itself is gated off, so you can't actually walk inside of it (unless you're brave enough to hop the gate, which I obviously am not!). The walls surrounding the motel are beautiful, and every single wall is completely different, making it a fun eclectic collection.
Oh, also, on our drive back home we stopped by Peggy Sue's 50's Diner, aka one of the only restaurants for miles on the drive from Vegas to LA. We've always seen the signs along the road, but had never bothered to look it up or stop in. It's basically the cutest diner ever, and from now on, no Vegas trip will ever be complete without a stop here! I didn't pull out my camera while we were there, but I took a few photos on my phone that I figured I would share in this post! This diner is one surprise after another. The decor is incredible, complete with I Love Lucy, Three Stooges, and Wizard of Oz walls. Inside their diner they also have a pizza parlor, an ice cream shop, and a crazy amount of homemade pies. The icing on the cake? A dinosaur park in the back, complete with fountains and cute ducks! It's a must see!
Have you ever explored outside of the strip in Vegas? What have you seen? I'm super excited to go back and see more!