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Around Vegas

HOOVER DAM
Click for some pictures of a little excursion to the enormous Hoover Dam Project, built circa 1932. [click to blowup]

STRATOSPHERE TOWER, Partial Panorama
Click for some pictures from the top of the 1149' foot tall Stratosphere Tower, located on the north end of the Vegas Strip.

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LAS VEGAS
Sprawling city that just grew suburbs, plus mile after mile after mile of strip-mall. Apparently devoid of any semblance of "neighborhood" style life or pleasant congregation area, as found in the downtown Boulder or Helena Last Chance Gulch pedestrian malls. Get your exercise walking the Casino floors.

The best way to sum up Vegas is ... it's one humungus traffic jam. No matter where you are, no matter which way you turn, there is always another car there.

NORTH LAS VEGAS
oof! Don't go there.

CENTRAL LAS VEGAS
Downtown Vegas has a bunch of older casinos, plus the fabled "Fremont Street Experience" (attempts to attract visitors away from the Strip). However, going in any direction from here for exactly 2 blocks is like entering a third-world country. This includes the mile-long area between the downtown and the Strip to the south. oof! Not even fun to drive through.

The STRIP
Where the big hotels are, and the glitterati and out-of-towners go. Locals go to the many local residential casinos.

EAST LAS VEGAS
Hidden behind walls literally everywheres are enormous trailer parks, plus RV parks filled with footloose snowbird retirees (they fill the local casinos around the city perimeter). Hence, regional names like Sunrise Manor and Paradise.

Sam's Town Casino's "Robotic Wolf" turned out to be rather a dud, despite the hype in local guidebooks. It didn't do much more than run up and back on tracks, move its head around a bit, and voice a pre-recorded howl. Not much robot, not much animatronics. Too bad.

WESTERN LAS VEGAS
It's all about suburban life. Drive down any street past, rows and rows of housing developments, and eventually the road dead-ends in the sand.


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