Las Vegas Journals

The Glow of Las Vegas

An April 2005 trip to Las Vegas by Pat110

Grand Desert Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: Our son and his girlfriend accompanied us on this trip. She had seldom been far from the mountains of Tennessee, and I could not wait to see the expressions on her face as she experienced the sights and sounds of Las Vegas! She did NOT disappoint... and her excitement was contagious!

The Glow of Las Vegas

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Paris Resort Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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It wasn't easy, but we managed to log 1,200 miles on our rental car for the week and explored as much of Las Vegas and adjacent areas far and wide as our tired bodies would permit! In addition to exploring both the famous Strip, with its mega-resorts, and the downtown area, with the Fremont Street Experience, we explored Death Valley, Valley of Fire, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and The Grand Canyon. Admittedly, there were some evenings when Mike and I were just too tired to go back to the Strip, and our "kids" (28 years old) left the old folks behind and explored on their own while we relished relaxing in the condo and soaking our tired feet in the whirlpool tub. Of course, this was our umpteenth time v...Read More

Grand Desert

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Hotel | "Fairfied Grand Desert"

Grand Desert Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Best Things Nearby:An entire playground for adults -- the fabulous city of Las Vegas!Best Things About the Resort:Even though the resort is "off" the Strip, there is a convenient and free shuttle to the Strip.Resort Experience:What a wonderful unit! As you enter, the dining room is to your left, the kitchen to your right, and the living room is straight ahead. Our 15th-floor penthouse unit overlooked the Strip. The furnishings are very tastefully done and comfortable. The kitchen is huge! Emma exclaimed that you could "fit her whole trailer into just the kitchen," and that was only a slight exaggeration! To the left of the living room is the master bedro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 27, 2005

Grand Desert
Koval Lane
Las Vegas, Nevada

Mandalay Bayside Buffet Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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We spent our last night in Las Vegas celebrating Mike's "winnings"! The Mandalay Bay had the most wonderful buffet I have yet to experience in Las Vegas, and I've eaten at many of them. My initial reaction was that it was a little pricey, at $22.50 each, but THEN I saw the buffet! Other buffets, such as Rio's, may have even more food selections, but Mandalay Bay cannot be matched for QUALITY. Selections included King crab legs, three-bite shrimp, Prime rib, Cornish game hens, rack of lamb, and too many more items to mention--and they were all prepared to perfection. The hot foods were piping hot, and the cold foods were very cold. My biggest complaint about buffets usually is the temperature of th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 29, 2005

Mandalay Bayside Buffet
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 632-7402

Death Valley Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Once every 100 years or so, the California desert is treated to a deluge of rainfall - compliments of Mother Nature! 2005 was THAT year, and we were lucky enough to be there to experience the aftermath firsthand! We were treated to the very rare sight of Death Valley in full bloom, and it was GLORIOUS! We were married in Las Vegas 9 years ago and on that occasion traversed Death Valley on our honeymoon. At that time, we found it to be very hot, very dry, and we probably didn't pass a total of five cars from one end of the park to the other. However, on this trip, we found ourselves in the middle of traffic jams on more than one occasion while traversing the park. Hundreds of cars were pulled to t...Read More

The Valley of Fire

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Valley of Fire Photo, Overton, Nevada
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While not as spectacular as Sedona, the Valley of Fire is a beautiful contrast, with tall red sandstone rock formations in the middle of the desert and lovely scenery that provides a welcome respite from the noise of the casinos (especially welcomed if you are NOT having a lucky streak)! The Valley of Fire is the oldest and largest of Nevada's state parks, 34,880 acres, dedicated in 1935, and it's only 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Prehistoric users included the Fremont people and later the Anasazi farmers from nearby Moapa Valley. Popular activities include hiking, camping, picnicking, and photography.
Hoover Dam Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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In June 1933, the first concrete was poured at the Hoover Dam site. At that time, it was known as the Boulder Canyon Dam, and it wasn't until 1947 that President Harry S Truman signed the resolution officially declaring that the dam at Boulder Canyon be named Hoover Dam. The project was completed 2 years ahead of schedule. Rising 700 feet above the raging Colorado River, it was called one of the greatest engineering works in history. Hoover Dam is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. The cost of a Discovery Tour, which is very educational and informative, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and older), and $5 for juniors. Children 6 and under are free. There is als...Read More