Well, I went to Las Vegas in late May 2001 and I just now got around to scanning my photos. Right after I got back I had a much more negative impression of this place, but after a few months I have eased a little bit. Now it is true that I felt like God was going to strike me down just being there. And I have called it the modern day version of Sodom and Gomorrah. While it is Sin City, I guess it wasn't all that bad. I'm not sure I would ever return, but I wouldn't rule it out. Anyway, I didn't take pictures in any meaningful order, so I'll start with the hotels from one end of the strip to the other. I pretty much spent my second day in town taking pictures of hotels. Hey, when you're not much of a drinker, not a gambler and do not hire prostitutes, what else is there to do in this town? So without further ado...

Mandalay Bay is the last resort on the strip near the airport. The airport is a few blocks from this end of the strip. When you fly in, you see all the large resort hotels. Mandalay Bay is on the site of the old Hacienda, at which my family stayed in 1978. We were not in the hotel, but at the adjacent campground. We'll see something of the Hacienda in a bit.
The Egyptian themed Luxor. I'll tell you this much, I felt like I was in Egypt, because it was so bloody hot!  If anyone ever tells you that it's a dry heat, just slap them. A dry heat is still heat. That track in front of the pyramid-shaped hotel is for a monorail that runs from Mandalay Bay to the Luxor to...
The Excalabur. Across the street from the Excalabur is the Tropicana. I didn't take a photo of that hotel because there is nothing particularly interesting about it. However, inside the Tropicana was probably the thing I enjoyed most in Vegas. It's the Casino Legends Hall of Fame. In a town with little regard for preservation of its history, it is a little corner of Vegas' past. There are old items (chips, ashtrays, photos, etc.) from existing resorts and casinos that passed away years ago.
The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, which is across the street from...
New York New York. This is one of the more impressive resorts on the strip. I ate breakfast here one morning. I have some eggs and an English muffin. That's the kind of exciting stuff I'll be giving you as we continue.
You can't really take photos of casinos, but I did get a shot inside New York New York. I took this picture from a balcony, so maybe that's allowed. These are the slots. Lots of lights and noise. Most casinos have loads and loads of slots. Even though it is a dark shot, you can't see a lot of people. This photo was taken at about 9:00 a.m. That's not to say that there aren't sad people gambling at that hour. I think maybe they've been gambling all night.
Even the Holiday Inn has a theme.
This Aladdin is a new modern resort. They knocked down the old one in 1998. The giant lighted lamp from the old hotel is downtown. A group has salvaged several old signs from the old days and put them on display on Fremont Street. You will see one later.
Paris is another resort that makes the strip look like a theme park. It is beautiful inside, from the casino floor to the shops. The newer hotels have floor space for shops that rivals most malls. Apparanty, you can take a ride to the top of the faux Eiffel Tower. But since I've been to the top of the real one, I didn't see much point. Right next door (in the background of the photo) is Bally's. Not much to say about that.

The Bellagio. There was an exhibit of Steve Martin's art collection at this hotel. I don't know why I didn't go to see it. They have a large water show in the evenings.

I stayed at the Flamingo (photos to follow later). This is the intersection facing the direction from which we just came. No, I am not hovering. As you can see in this picture, there are pedestrian walkways in places along the strip. This is a good idea, since many pedestrians, especially the drunken ones, seem to ignore the traffic signals and would probably get killed crossing the street.
This is where we are heading. The road curves, so you can't see much more of the strip from here.

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