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I found out that the Helios One power plant actually exists (probably without Archimedes).

I also knew Nellis AFB, Hoover Dam and McCarran Airport were real, and some quick Googling showed that Boulder City also exists.

What other real-life buildings exist in the game world? Are the casinos based on real ones?

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Here are places that exist in both the game and the real world:

The game also contains numerous locations that are parodies of real-world locations.

I'll start with casinos, since you asked about those specifically:

  • The Bison Steve casino is based on Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino. Notable similarities include the large outdoor sign featuring a bison/buffalo and the presence of a roller coaster.

  • The Vikki & Vance casino corresponds to Whiskey Pete's Hotel and Casino. Vikki and Vance's "death car" and artifacts are on display in the Vikki & Vance's main hall, whereas Whiskey Pete's has an exhibit containing the car and clothing Bonnie and Clyde died in.

  • The Atomic Wrangler's exterior sign is topped by a neon cowboy who looks somewhat like the iconic Vegas Vic. The Wrangler moves one of his arms, much like Vic did before 1991.

  • The Silver Rush's sign looks a lot like the sign the Golden Nugget used in the middle of the 20th century.

  • The Lucky 38 casino bears a resemblance to the Stratosphere tower.

  • The Gomorrah is based upon the former Dunes Hotel & Casino, now replaced by the Bellagio. They share faux-Persian décor and theming, and have similar architecture. The Dunes was also the first hotel on the Strip to offer topless performances.

  • The remaining in-game casinos (The Tops and The Ultra-Luxe) do not seem to be based on real casinos.

And now for other locations:

This list is incomplete. Anyone can edit it to add or correct stuff. To look for entries to add, go through the list of F:NV locations at the Fallout wiki. There should be a note if it's a real world location.

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Another answer seems to point out that the Ultra-Luxe is based on the Bellagio. – Ben Jul 15 '15 at 0:09

There are so many other ones, but here are a couple...

  • Lake Meade
  • Southern Nevada Windfarm
  • Hidden Valley
  • Black Mountain
  • Old Mormon Fort
  • Bonnie Springs

Just to name a few more.

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Here is a blog that talks about various locations and their real-world examples. Many of the articles discuss whether or not the site is in the correct location and what buildings they were based on. The comparisons of the casinos on the strip are particularly interesting.

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-1 An answer should stand on its own. Link is not sufficient. – k0pernikus Jul 6 '13 at 20:57

The reppcon rocket museum is based on the Pepcon rocket fuel factory. however it blew up in 1988

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Helios One is actually based off of a solor energy power plant called Solar One

Also, Nipton is not in Nevada, it is in Calafornia

(I know all this because i live in Las Vegas)

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The Ultra Luxe is based on the Bellagio.

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I think that the alien space ship that crashed in the lower area of the map is a reference to Alien Fresh Jerky restaurant in Baker, California.

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It isn't.. the alien spaceship is a staple part of every Fallout game, and dates back to the originals. It is how you get the alien blaster. – Timelord64 Dec 28 '15 at 1:57

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