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USA - Las Vegas, Nevada

sunny 37 °C

We waved goodbye to the beautiful West Coast and drove inland towards the desert....

After several hours driving across the desert we crossed into Nevada, the home of giant casinos and the land of gambling (or 'gaming' as it's called here) and we were greeted with a casino on the boarder! We rolled into Las Vegas in the evening, and saw ‘the strip’ lit up in all its neon glory. Vegas really is a mirage in the middle of the desert, a hub that’s risen out of the sand, full of extravagant casino buildings, hotels, shopping strips, resorts. It’s pretty hard to imagine until you’ve been and despite our pre-conceptions we loved it!


This time of year accommodation with air conditioning (and a pool) is essential. We stayed at a great spot on the north end of 'The Strip' of Casinos. We rested during the hottest part of the day and spent the warm evenings exploring 'The Strip'. There are numerous large casinos each based on a different theme, with extravagant interiors and exteriors, such as The Venetian with canals and Gondolas running through the inside of the Casino! The Mirage, appropriately named as a mirage in the desert, has a light show every half hour in the evening. And the Bellagio has a water show also running frequently during the evening. 'The Strip' also features the Eiffel Tower, Egyptian Pyramid, and New York, New York Casinos (complete with a Statue of Liberty).

We aren't big fans of gambling, but found there was still plenty to see and do. There are large number of shows on offer, high end shopping, resorts and pools galore and being the happy go lucky man he is, Paul won a a suited black jack, scoring a free ride on the High Roller ferris wheel! The nights escaped us and we found ourselves walking home as the sun came up two nights in a row...


Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in USA

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