Las Vegas and Hoover Dam

posted Sep 1, 2011, 5:37 AM by Prashant Bhattacharji   [ updated Sep 1, 2011, 1:29 PM ]

Las Vegas - very, very different from the rest of American cities. Very lively, crowded - and it all looks like one big casino. More than that, the city is also a work of art in itself. Some of the most famous historical landmarks in the world have been replicated with amazing accuracy. Right from the Eiffel Tower to the Statue of Liberty, you can find a replica of everything over here. I was most impressed by "Venice". You might also find it quite interesting to see Hoover Damn which is not too far from Vegas. It supplies a good chunk of electricity to the city of Los Angeles. Vegas is also known for art and culture shows of all kinds. You can simply stay in your hotel and find all you need within the hotel itself - casinos, bars, restaurants, shows etc. "The Strip" is a long road alongside which most of the hotels and casinos are located.

Vegas at Night

Some pictures of Vegas at Night. 
Left to right: "Paris" in Vegas with the Eiffel tower in the background , Caeser Palace and Ballys - well known Hotels. 

Planet Hollywood : A popular hotel where many famous movies have been filmed.

Glitz and Glamour : Vegas Casinos and Hotels

One of the many casinos of Vegas; Planet Hollywood at night 

New York Cloned !

A replica of New York - with the Statue of Liberty and the Empire state building. The first and last time I sat in a roller coaster which went upside down. 


Casino in the Venetian. And some impressive art.

Some more shots of Vegas 

The Vegas skyline from the McCarran International Airport;  Top heavy towers 

One thing is for certain: a lot of people want to come to Vegas !
Citing Wikipedia : In 2008, McCarran ranked 15th in the world for passenger traffic, with 44,074,707 passengers passing through the terminal. The airport ranked 6th in the world for aircraft movement with 578,949 takeoffs and landings. McCarran and the DOA are completely self-sufficient enterprises, requiring no money from the County's general fund.

Hoover Dam

If you're travelling all the way to Vegas, you might want to check out Hoover Dam, which is approximately 35 miles away. It has been names as one of the top ten construction achievements of the 20 th century. Even 70 years after it was constructed, it continues to draw over a million visitors per year. It is the highest concrete damn in the Western Hemisphere and it stands more than 725 feet above the Colorado river. It has seventeen generators and produces more than 4 billion kilo-watts of electricity every year. The city of Los Angeles is heavily dependent on electricity from Hoover Dam.