Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Strip at Las Vegas

The Strip is what Las Vegas is known for. No matter where you are on the strip it is sensory overload. The crowds, shows, musicians, Elvis imitations, hotels, and attractions pretty much ensure there isn’t a dull moment. There is always something on the grandest scale going on.
North end you have the Stratosphere, where we stayed and regretted. It is a grand hotel so why regret? Each time we had to walk miles from the parking and then within the corridors to get to our room.

Las Vegas

It was a marathon at least twice a day.
South end you have Mandalay Bay. And then beyond it in further south you’ll get to the famous Las Vegas sign – definitely a compulsory visit! If you despise walking, you can catch the Deuce bus that passes through every 10 or 15 minutes.
Each casino is a mind blowing experience beyond imagination. Strip offers different colors and gala at both day and night.

The Strip at Las Vegas
Driving the Strip is also fun – we did it several times in our rented car.
This Strip is an approximately 4. 2-mile (6. 8 km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South in Clark County, Nevada. The Strip has been designated an All-American Road, and has a unique distinction of being a scenic route during nighttime.

Bellagio fountains at Las Vegas
Many of the largest and most lavish hotels, casinos, and resorts in the world are located on the Las Vegas Strip. Fifteen of the world’s 25 largest hotels by room count are on the Strip, with a total of over 62,000 rooms.
One of the most visible aspects of Las Vegas’ cityscape is its use of dramatic architecture all over. The most modern of hotels, casinos, restaurants, and residential high-rises on the Strip has made the city as one of the most wanted destinations for tourists.
We watched the strip from our airplane and wondered what is there below.

Luxor Hotel and Casino Las Vegas
South end of the strip touches the airport at the end of the runways. From the air, city itself looked like an oasis in the vast deserts. As we rented our car we arrived here and drove around not once but several times. It is never enough once.
We started the new day with grandest buffet in our hotel.

Luxor Hotel and Casino Las Vegas
Prior to sitting we asked at the reception about what is the menu on the breakfast and man replied that they have each and everything.
Wow! There was each and everything that one can imagine for breakfast. Many fruits and juices, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, bagels, omelets, hash browns and some Indian items, some Thai items and some Chinese items and many other items. We were so confused and then after we were full we were still confused for not eating this or that because we saw that stall late.
Same styles are the lunches at Los Vegas hotels.

New York Hotel in Las Vegas
We had lunch buffet in Gandhi Indian Bistro and they too were competing with the hotels with many-many-many items on the buffet table.
Each morning it is the time to walk off all the calories we accumulate at grandest breakfasts and lunches. We march over to the center of the strip gazing at the splendorous architectures, brushed metal colored sky scrapers, sparkling glasses and polished stones of hotels and casinos.

Las Vegas
At noon we wonder around the deserts, one noon we visited Hoover Dam and spent several hours at the campground near Lake Mead RV Village. Trees in the desert felt so sparkling green; each moment was stunning for the eyes.

Oyster Hotel Las Vegas (Picture courtesy Oyster Hotel)
Each evening we were again walking on the strip with rest of the crowds. Almost everyone has Las Vegas events magazine in their hands and nobody wanted to miss just anything that goes around in this town. Music shows, magic shows, artificial rainforest setup, artificial volcano setup, pirates of Caribbean show and what not. Nobody wants to miss the Fountains of Bellagio – the engineering marvel destined to romance the senses.
In two days we saw 5 different shows of the fountains – extremely beautiful at night and peaceful in the daytime.

Venice in Las Vegas
We watched this water extravaganza from the top of the Eiffel Tower across the street while dining and it was a different experience. Take in a free Las Vegas show of water, music and light thoughtfully presented to mesmerize all. Each dynamic performance from the grandest and most lavish fountains is mind blowing. Then there are sharks, lions and snakes in the casinos. There are artificial ocean beaches imitating tsunami. There is New York Casino and Hotel,presenting a replica of New York.

Las Vegas
Then there is Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino. Its theme is the city of Paris in France; it includes a half scale, 541-foot (165 m) tall replica of the Eiffel Tower, a sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon, a two-thirds size Arc de Triomphe, a replica of La Fontaine des Mers, and a 1,200-seat theatre called Le Théâtre des Arts. The front of the hotel suggests the Paris Opera House and the Louvre. There is a Venice on the strip.

Las Vegas
Luxor Las Vegas is a hotel and casino. This 30-story hotel, owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, has a 120,000-square-foot casino with over 2,000 slot machines and 87 table games, also it one of the world’s biggest hotels.

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