I can’t really say that Las Vegas (the strip) is my thing, though I am a huge fan of what’s happening in the culinary scene there and can’t deny that the stage productions are truly one of a kind (a must see is Rose. Rabbit. Lie. by my friend David Foster, et. al.).
I am not much of a gambler and I always feel like the not-so-fun guest in a party everyone else seems to really, really, really be enjoying.
All that being said, I love to photograph the strip and the characters, who can be pushy for tips but entertaining at the same time. What one can do off the strip is more my kind of scene (hiking and horseback riding along Red Rock Canyon, for example), but you shouldn’t leave without at least exploring it once, especially the hotels. Walk around The Venetian, one of the largest resorts in the world and go for a gondola ride. Make sure you check out the fountain show at The Bellagio (as well as their art collection inside). And of course, Paris Las Vegas at least gives you a taste when you can’t get to the real thing.
The strip is definitely an experience, and though my feeling is sort of meh about it (and I know I am not alone, though no one ever openly admits it), like Times Square in NYC, it’s worth checking out, even if just for a couple of days.
Here are some of the images I captured during my last visit, made better by the company of good friends. I look forward to returning and enjoying the rest of what Las Vegas has to offer off the strip.
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