Day 7-9: Las Vegas
No trip to California would be complete without a raid across the border into Nevada...and the gamblers' mecca of Las Vegas.
We left the heat and desolation of Death Valley behind, heading to Amargosa Valley on Highway 95 via Death Valley Junction. This brings you close to the Nevada Test Site - "Area 51" to the UFO believers - and through a number of military bases, including Indian Springs.
Conveniently, Nevada Test Site is shrouded by a ring of mountains, so nothing to see for the casual passer-by. We didn't see anything paranormal - shame really. Well, not until we arrived in Vegas...
We also had the thrill of a helicopter ride from Vegas to the Grand Canyon, via Hoover Dam - check out the pictures.
First up is the foyer of our
hotel, "Circus Circus", one of the earliest hotels remaining on
the Strip. It was cheap, comfortable and not as intimidating as some
of the others. The increasingly ostentatious frontages of other hotels
can't be overlooked, eg "Excalibur"...
"Paris" (seen through the fountains of "Bellagio" across the street!), and "New York New York"...
This Eiffel Tower replica is actually 1:2 scale, though probably smaller than Stratosphere:
Bellagio is one of the most majestic facades, and features dancing fountains with occasionally authentic Italian background music:
Various interior shots:
Er, other crazy stuff - "only in Las Vegas":