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Trip to Las Vegas - Day 1

The next stop after LA was of course Las Vegas. Over 38.9 million people visit Las Vegas each year & 17 of the 20 biggest hotels in the U.S. are in this city. Time to see it with my own eyes.

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After LA we headed straight for Las Vegas.

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In case you are wondering how is it like driving through American desert - here are some photos.

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At first it seems exciting but in like half an hour you get bored and just look forward at an endless road.

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Road to Las Vegas goes right past Death Valley.

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Once in a while you come across "Rest areas" where you can take a walk after a long ride.

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It has a rest room and some chairs for you to enjoy. Here is explained how does these places get water.

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Wonderful view on the desert.

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Time to get back on the road. It takes about 4 hours to get from LA to Las Vegas given you drive at about 120km/h which is a speed limit.

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Finally some kind of civilisation on the horizon.

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First Casinos start to appear long before the Vegas.

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And here finally is Las Vegas. Only 14 miles to go.

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Time to find our hotel and hit the city.

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Turned out our hotel room was on the 22 floor with a great view. Comparing to San Francisco this is an astonishing hotel for unbelievably low price.

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View from the hotels room.

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And here is the invoice. Just 17Ls per night (~29$ + Tax) Which really isn't that much for that kind of hotel.

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Instruction on every traffic light.

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Cactuses :)

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Interesting melted building.

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Car selling place. I wonder how long this car has been here. :)

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Street art in progress.

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Comics house.

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Cool ride.

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Very stylish public transport. Unfortunately quite expensive as well.

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The strip.

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Our hotel from the bottom.

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For 100$ you can jump from the top but it isn't particularly a free fall. You are being pulled down by a rope.

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But I'm sure feeling is great either way. Since i've already done bungee jumping in Dallas I've decided to skip this time.

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Some cute souvenirs.

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Naked girl stands are literally everywhere. Ordering a girl is easier than ordering a hamburger.

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This is what you get literally on every corner.

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Encore - one of the best hotels in Vegas. I guess it could cost a little bit more than ours.

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Judging by the music it looks like they are having quite of a party over there.

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So, what else did you expect from Vegas? Mc'Donalds? :)

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All main crossroads are equipped with pedestrian bridges to avoid traffic.

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Closing in to the center of Vegas.

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So this is where Homer lives.

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I guess Spider Man appeared a little bit different in the movie. :)

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Girls everywhere.

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Caesars Palace. Now I realize our hotel isn't the biggest one here.

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Inspiring entrance to the casino with a Rolls Royce Phantom by the doors.

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Inside of the casino looks pretty much the same as everywhere.

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And talking about cars, you can meet all kind of them there.

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The main dancing fountain that starts its show after 20:00.

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Here is the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino with its own Eiffel Tower.

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It costed USD $785 million to build. When the scale model of the Eiffel Tower was designed, it was planned to be full scale, but the airport was too close and the tower had to be shrunk. The scale is approximately 1:2.

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Here is another look at the crossroads.

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Crazy people everywhere. And this is at day time. Imagine what happens at night.

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This is how a wanted previous picture to look like. :)

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Comparing to Vegas, Times Square now looks kind of small.

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Huge screens everywhere. Can't wait to see them at night.

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Each place has its own unique idea.

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Vdara Hotel & Spa. Just look at it.

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The largest Coca-Cola bottle I've aver seen.

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And here is the world famous New York New York hotel.

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Its architecture is meant to evoke the New York City skyline - the hotel includes several towers configured to resemble New York City towers such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.

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In front of the property is a lake representing New York Harbor, with a 46 m tall replica of the Statue of Liberty.

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The Roller Coaster, formerly Manhattan Express, at New York-New York travels through the property's interior and exterior, and replaced the trains to resemble a traditional Checker Cab. The coaster is 62 m high, has a maximum drop of 44 m, and reaches speeds up to 108 km/h.
Of course I had to try it :)

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Replica of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Have to admit it looks really cool.

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The inside of the casino is quite usual.

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But the streets and restaurants are totally unique with their own New York design. Check out inside street replica of New York here.

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Replica of the New York street inside the hotel.

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Ready to ride the roller coster. :)

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You have to be at a distance to see the whole beauty of it.

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Great view if it wasn't for the crane that's building another hotel near by.

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New York New York hotel, Las Vegas, USA.
You can see the crazy Roller Coster now. It was quite an experience riding it.

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Some kind of a castle on the other side.

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At the end of main street you can find Luxor Las Vegas hotel and casino.

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The hotel is named after the city of Luxor (ancient Thebes) in Egypt. Luxor is the second largest hotel in Las Vegas and the 8th largest in the world.

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The Luxor has received recognition as being among the most recognizable hotels on the strip because of its unique design. The main portion of the hotel is a 111 m - high, 30-story pyramid encased in 11 acres of dark bronze glass.

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Luxor, Las Vegas, USA.
The tip of the pyramid contains a fixed-position spotlight that points directly upward and is claimed to be the brightest beam in the world at over 42.3 billion candle power.

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Mandalay Bay hotel & casino. It's the only hotel that features a saltwater aquarium, the Shark Reef Aquarium, which contains the third largest tank in North America. Shark Reef Aquarium contains numerous other exhibits, including two tunnel-shaped, walk-through aquarium.

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It's getting dark and now is time to go back to see all we've just seen so far at night.

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"New York New York" hotel at night.

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Interesting fact:
The US Post Office Forever Statue of Liberty Stamp, which was intended to show the actual Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, actually shows the replica at New York-New York. This is due to an error by the stamp designers, who incorrectly chose a stock photo of the replica instead of the original and did not recognize the difference. Over 10.5 billion stamps had been printed with the error before it was noticed, by which point it could not be corrected.

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Beautiful sunset over mountains in Nevada desert.

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It feels like a totally different city. So bright so alive.

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The same Coca Cola bottle at night.

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Beautiful.

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Closing in to Paris Las Vegas hotel. You can spot the Eiffel Tower long before you spot the hotel itself.

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A tree-size sculpture of a rose on the Las Vegas strip.

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The Strip in Las Vegas, USA. Probably one of the most popular Las Vegas scenes.

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The Fountains of Bellagio is a vast, choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music.

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The show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 8 pm to midnight. Before a water show starts, the nozzles break the water surface and the lights illuminating the hotel tower turn to a purple hue

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It is estimated that the fountains cost $40 million to build. Shooters can send a water blast as high as 140 m which is really impressive.

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A unique architectural aspect of Paris Las Vegas is that the back legs of its Eiffel Tower actually come down through the ceiling into the casino floor.

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The inside of the hotel is a replica of Paris small cute streets with sky ceilings.

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Feels like you are back in Paris.

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And here is the largest hotel in Las Vegas - The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

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This hotel features a lifelike replica tower of St Mark's Campanile in Venice, Italy.

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It's amazing. You've just been in Paris with its cute streets and now you are in Venice with its channels and gondolas. Amazing.

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The Encore hotel at night.

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Largest hotel in Downtown.

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Finally we were back to our hotel to get ready to try out how lucky we are.

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View from the window.

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Well, I was lucky enough to win myself a free dinner. :)

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Still better than nothing. :)

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Time to go find something to eat.

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A downtown in Las Vegas. Not that impressive after the main street.

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Time to go to sleep. Have a lot to do and see the next day as well.

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