Experiencing history on a tour is less dangerous than living it firsthand, as it results in fewer bayonet injuries and hopeless slam-dunk contests with Abe Lincoln. Safely savor yesteryear with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get one admission to a 2.5-hour bus tour of gangster sites from Vegas Mob Tour (a $66.25 value).
Clad in gangster garb, Vegas Mob Tour's guides weave salacious tales culled from Dennis Griffin’s The Battle for Las Vegas: The Law vs. The Mob, which recounts interviews with a retired FBI agent, on a bus tour that was featured by the Chicago Tribune. At 6 p.m. at the Royal Resort, the tour kicks off with the ceremonial sacrifice of a fedora before fact-laden narratives relate a sordid history of Sin City's mobsters. Buses shuttles passengers between sites of murders, disappearances, celebrity fatalities, and other crimes carried out by notorious figures such as Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, and Tony "The Ant" Spilotro. Wielding exclusive insight from felon-turned-witness Frank Cullotta, the tour peeks behind the shadowy curtain of intrigue that surrounds the crooks, killers, and puppy salesmen who overran Vegas in the 1970s.