Motel Madness: The Rise and Fall of the Midcentury Motor Court Friday Early Walk + Talk

04/28/2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PT


  • $35.00


American automobile tourism made its mark on Las Vegas in the early 1930s with the construction of Boulder Dam, as well as legalized gambling and relaxed divorce laws, which attracted tourists looking for opportunities—and places to park their cars to enjoy “steamed heat” or “refrigerated” roadside lodging. From the 1930s to the mid-1960s, the motel evolved with the tastes of the traveler in mind—and architecture to match the era. Come walk with us down Fremont Street and explore the history and architecture of the “motor courts” turned “motels” that accommodated travelers on the first paved road in the City of Las Vegas—and how preservation efforts have found new ways to keep the structures alive. 



This program is an outdoor walking tour in downtown.  Please wear sensible walking shoes and dress for the weather.

To make the most of your experience, please carefully note the information below:

Your Own Water: ·Stay hydrated.

Staying Apart Together:  Although masks are no longer required during our events, please continue practicing sensible social distancing, keeping a healthy distance between you and other tour guests.

Weather: All events take place rain or shine! Please check the weather for appropriate dress.

Sunscreen: Stay sun safe and lather up.

Age Restrictions: Registrants must be at least 14 years of age. Minors must purchase a ticket and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


This tour takes place in downtown Las Vegas.  Tour meet location and parking instructions will be emailed to the address you registered with 48 hours prior to the event.  Please check your spam folder for this information.


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