Las VegasPosted: July 6, 2015
For James’ 30th birthday, we decided to spend the weekend in Clark County, Nevada and explore the Las Vegas Strip. James had been there before as a teenager, but I had only driven past it, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Las Vegas was quite eager to welcome us to their city in this photo, even though they were about four miles premature. Most of the attractions that we visited, such as this sign are located in the unincorporated town of Paradise, NV.
Mandalay Bay is the best example of one of the hotels that use real gold on their windows. I had only ever seen photos, so seeing them in person was quite interesting.
We went to a Soviet themed lounge called Red Square inside of Mandalay Bay, and it was one of our favorite lounges on the strip.
When James visited as a teenager, he stayed inside the pyramid of Luxor.
10,000 paper cranes hang in the lobby of Aria, adding a bit of fun and color to the ultramodern interior.
Many parts of the strip feel very cluttered and confined, but that is certainly not the case with the front of Bellagio.
The interior of Bellagio is beautifully tiled and the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a wonderful place to walk around. After visiting most of the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, I can confidently say Bellagio was my favorite one.
We made sure to see a nighttime performance of the Fountains of Bellagio.
We didn’t ride the gondolas at the Venetian, but they are such a great addition to see floating by as you are walking through the luxurious interior.
Parasol Down, like the rest of the interior of Wynn is very whimsical.
Vegas Vic still welcomes visitors to downtown Las Vegas, but he is barely visible under the visual cacophony of the “Freemont Street Experience.” I would have loved to look down Freemont Street and see the iconic neon signs unobstructed in front of the night sky, but that quintessential view of Las Vegas has been completely destroyed.
The California Hotel and Casino lies just outside of Freemont Street, and has been spared from redevelopment.
James’ favorite part of his birthday trip was our visit to the Neon Museum. Their boneyard has tons of old signs, including some of the most recognizable from the mid twentieth century.
The Stardust sign was once the tallest on the strip.
This text advertised the Lido de Paris at the Stardust.
We’re so glad that these pieces of art can still be enjoyed by the public, and hopefully the museum will have the resources to restore more of them in the future.
Before leaving the area, we visited the Hoover Dam, and walked halfway across so that we could stand in both Nevada and Arizona at once.
It took five years after moving to California for me to visit Las Vegas, and I’m so glad that we were able to do it together and make new memories.