Want to experience the postcard image of vintage Vegas? Look no further than the Riviera. Opened on April 20, 1955, this enduring hotel has six decades tucked firmly under its belt.Located toward the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, the Riviera isn't in the heart of the action, but it's not too far from some popular destinations. This is what you'll find in the immediate radius: Wynn Las Vegas and Encore to the south, SLS Las Vegas (as well as the Rock in Rio festival grounds) to the north, and the Las Vegas Convention Center to the east. All of these places are just minutes away by car or take about 20 minutes to get to on foot. And right next door is the Peppermill Restaurant & Lounge, another enduring Vegas gem (be sure to go over and sip a drink beside the kitschy sunken fire pit).Here's the thing about the Riviera: it isn't one of those megaresorts that will cost you a pretty penny. Think of it more as a place to crash for the evening. Accommodations are basic and clean, plus there are a few cool things to do here.First of all, be sure to check out the resort's star-lit glass exterior with pulsating neon at night. It really is beautiful to see.Speaking of those Vegas days gone by, the list of celebrities who have appeared at the Riviera is truly impressive. When it opened, Liberace was the featured performer. Also gracing the resort's showrooms and lounges were Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, George Burns, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Liza Minelli, Joan Rivers (who had audiences doubled over in laughter) and many, many others. So have a look at a display near the back of property that pays tribute to these legends.Sitting in the Starlite Theater or Le Bistro Lounge today feels like a blast to the past, although the entertainment lineup is very different. Headlining the Riviera is longtime magician Dirk Arthur. Several big cats (Bengal tigers, a snow leopard, a panther and a bobcat...oh my!) and a few feathered friends are featured in his show "Wild Illusions!" If you're after laughs, head up to the Riviera Comedy Club, where you can see the one-man production "40 Is Not the New 20" starring comedian Matt Kazam.Or for one of the city's most longstanding and sensuous topless revues, go to "Crazy Girls," which has been playing at the Riviera for more than 25 years. (Tip: It's supposed to be good luck to rub the bottoms on the bronze statue of the Crazy Girls' butts in front of the Riviera. You'll look a little pervy doing it, we know, but if you snap a photo and post it on your Facebook page, the number of "Likes" you get will amaze you...we guarantee it.)The Riviera's most upscale restaurant is R Steak & Seafood, where you can order classic meat and fish dishes. The Wicked Vicky Tavern has great greasy eats (burgers, wings, pizzas and nachos) and a nice atmosphere for sports fans who want to catch a game. The Banana Leaf Cafe offers an interesting mix of Asian and American specialties. And there's a food court situated next to the Pinball Hall of Fame, where you can test your skills on pinball games dating back to the 1960s.The Riviera also has a fair-sized casino with some table games and lots of slots. There's a William Hill Race & Sports Book nestled just inside the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance. Although small, the resort's courtyard pool is charming thanks to large lawns (with real grass). In addition to a beauty salon and barber shop, there's a tattoo studio and a wedding chapel.Aside from being a great deal for budget travelers, there's another reason to stay at the Riviera. Four of the ultimate Vegas movies -- the Rat Pack original "Ocean's 11" (1960), Martin Scorsese's "Casino" (1995), the X-rated cult classic "Showgirls" (1995) and one of Chevy Chase's Griswold family adventures "Vegas Vacation" (1997) -- were filmed here. To explore the hallowed ground where some your favorite scenes were shot...well, now isn't that motivation enough for you to visit?