I was in Las Vegas a few times but... I don’t especially like this place. The colorful, flashy, made of plastic, the city is a great attraction for gamblers. For me - enough time to see the city once. I think I like more calm and less aggressively attacking my senses places on earth. I was really not happy when my company sent me  there once again, as soon as I found interesting areas around the city...

Las Vegas is primarily Strip - longest street on which they are almost all the major hotels, casinos and attractions. Each of them in flamboyant American style attempts to encourage gamblers to stay at the casino. Photo above is showing north part of the Strip taken from the Stratosphere Tower restaurant 300 meters above ground level.

Hotel Treasure Island at night shows a naval battle between the two tall ships.

Hotel Circus Circus offers a roller coaster, water slides, cave spirits-all under  giant glass dome.

Wynns Hotel - offers a special screenings water acrobatics, builtup in a large indoor arena pool.

Luxury can be seen everywhere there - even in the toilets TV was installed!

Car rental - from Lambo to Mercedes only.

 

 

 

 

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Renting a car you can see a lot more than hotels and casinos in Las Vegas. Driving out I was able to visit Nevada Desert, Hoover Dam, Grand Canion and Red Rock Valley.

Miles and miles straight way to horizon- typical view on Nevada Desert. Not to much to notice - only one sign on the turn off. Dont forget your GPS!

 

I drove from Las Vegas to the Indian side of the canyon - Grand Canyon South Rim. This photo shows famous Eagle Rock.

Impressive... but you cannot have no head for heights.

 

My second trip out of Las Vegas was to Red Rock Canyon National Preservation Area  - 25 km west from the city.

There is something more there for visitors - old Western Town in Red Rock Canyon called Bonnie Springs Ranch. Every 30 minutes sheriff shooting a robber, undertaker measured him and taking body away...show stars again in half an hour.

 

Symbol of Las Vegas - cowboy - Freemont City

Most of the hotels offer guests a special screening or other special attractions.

One of them is sinking ... the lights go out ..
and the show starts all over again!
 

Interior of the dome of Circuc Circus Hotel

The Forum shops at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas - underground huge shopping centre. Here the rain is raining, you can see the sunset and the storm - everything artificial. Rain is not artificial.

The Forum shops at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas - just after the rain.

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As legend says - John Ford shoot his movies " Stagecoach", "The searchers" and "How the West was won" in this area of Nevada Desert. Those greens are called Joshua Trees.

Not far from Las Vegas you can find Hoover Dam. Once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona.

Grand Canyon its a really big groove carved by the Colorado River. It is 446 km long, up to 29 km wide and attains a depth of over a 1,850 meters.

 

The conservation area showcases a set of large red rock formations: a set of sandstone peaks and walls called the Keystone Thrust.

Lanscape as from " Rio Bravo"