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Dec
15

West Coast Chronicles: Las Vegas (Day 01)

This is probably the chronicle that took me the longest time to complete—just looking at all the photos I had in Las Vegas makes me feel tired.  Anyhow, here’s the continuation of my West Coast story with our first day in Sin City.

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The Strip

We had arrived at The Strip still a bit early for our hotel check-in.  When we got into our hotel lobby, I was in for a shock:

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Our home for the next three days: the famous MGM Grand

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The jaw-dropping queue to check-in

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The proud symbol of MGM Grand

It took us quite a while before we were able to check-in, but I guess this is the norm here.  Soon afterwards we were into our room to unpack and got ready to explore.

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Our room keys

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The bed

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The restroom

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View of the Las Vegas Monorail from our room

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A ticketing machine at the MGM Grand Station of the Las Vegas Monorail

Our first itinerary is getting to know the neighborhood.  From MGM Grand, we walked along Las Vegas Blvd. (better known as “The Strip”), took some quick but late lunch, and then went on to see the sights.  It was already late into the afternoon and it was kind of cloudy so my shots were a bit dark.

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The City Center is one of the more modern part of The Strip.  And yes, those two towers indeed are leaning.

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Harley Davidson Café

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Hilton and Marriott

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Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace

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Paris Hotel

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The High Roller: Las Vegas’ own 550-foot Ferris wheel

There were just so many things to see and we weren’t even halfway done when dinner time came.  We opted for Yard House since we were in The Linq area.  Our late lunch weren’t completely digested yet so we only had some light meals.

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Six-pack sampler

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California Roll ($11.95)

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Onion Ring Tower ($8.95)

After some relatively light dinner, we went back to The Strip to see the free show at the fountains of Bellagio.

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This is definitely the longest Hummer I’ve seen

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Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace at night

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Inside Bellagio

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Paris Hotel as seen from Bellagio

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The dancing fountain of Bellagio

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People do come out at night at The Strip

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New York New York Hotel

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Excalibur

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The Strip at night

And after practically a whole day of walking, we called it a day.

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Trivia: Did you know that the Las Vegas that most people recognize is not really in the city of Las Vegas?  Most of the hotels and casinos that are popularly associated with “Las Vegas” actually belong to the unincorporated town called Paradise.  See the video below for a detailed explanation. 🙂

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