5 Days, 4 Nights
at the Fabulous

Hotel & Casino


Come join us on another excursion to Sin City... wonderful Las Vegas! You'll see everything that we did on our vacation, and get all kinds of Las Vegas travel tips. Ready? Let's go!

Day 1 - Back to Las Vegas!

The Grand Canyon

We'd been in flight for a couple of hours, and having long-finished our American Airlines bistro-bag breakfasts, we were getting anxious to land and start our vacation. The pilot came on and told everyone to look out of the windows of the plane and we'd see the start of the Grand Canyon. Mitchel grabbed a camera, and took a photo or two.

Hoover Dam

Even though Hoover Dam is a good hour away from Vegas by car, we flew over it just a couple of minutes before landing. We had a car reserved to tour the dam later in the week, so it was a treat to see from this angle - we'd be much closer in a few days!

First Glimpse of Vegas

One of the great things about Las Vegas is that as soon as the airplane touches down, you can look out of the window and see the hotel/casinos at the south end of the Strip. It's always a thrill to see the Luxor, New York New York, Mandalay Bay and the rest of the towering structures.

McCarran Airport

The American terminals at McCarran aren't part of the main building, so you have a little distance to cover to get to baggage claim. Fortunately, the airport uses moving walkways, escalators, and a tram to make it as painless as possible.

Checking in at the Aladdin

The Aladdin was an older hotel on the Strip, but to compete with the new mega-resorts they tore everything down and started from scratch. The result is a fantastic hotel that was opened in September of 2000. We arrived early in the morning, and although we couldn't get in the room yet, we were able to check in and stow our bags with the bell desk.

Brunch at the Zanzibar Cafe

Of course, we were still on Dallas time, so while it was the breakfast hour in Vegas we were ready for lunch. The 24-hour Zanzibar Cafe on the casino level of the hotel was the perfect answer. While everyone else was chowing down on bacon & eggs, we had burgers and fries!

Desert Passage Shops

The shops at the Aladdin are called "the Desert Passage", and are basically a 1.2 mile circular mall. There are over 130 different stores to explore - some are names that you would recognize, others are specialty boutiques. If you get tired of walking, there are even bicycle-driven rickshaw-type carts that will carry you around the mall.

Rain Storm

While passing a pond in the walkway, we saw a sign stating, "Rain Predicted Every Hour on the Hour". It was just a few minutes away, so we stopped and watched an indoor thunderstorm! It only rained into the pond, so no one got wet, but it was quite an effect with the lightning and thunder. The rain doesn't show up in the photo, unless you look down at the water.

Yep, that's the store's name

We did a double-take when strolling past this particular clothing store. The name actually stands for "French Connection, United Kingdom" or something like that, and looked like an upscale apparel shop.

Heading up to the Room

About 11:30 we decided to see if the room was ready, and thankfully, it was - we'd been walking all morning, and wanted to relax for a while. After picking up the key we took the elevator up to the 18th floor, then called the bell desk to deliver our luggage. The room was incredible - to see a few photos of it, click here.

Dinner at Gallagher's Steakhouse

We unwound from the travel and hiking around the Aladdin, floated around the giant tub for a while, and then decided to taxi over to New York, New York to eat at one of our favorite steak houses in the world: Gallagher's. They feature a dry-aged New York sirloin steak that is incredible, and of course the meal was just as good as we remembered. To find out a little more about dry-aged beef, click here.

Day 2 - Knocking Around the Strip, and a Trip Back to the 60's

Starting the day at Starbuck's

The Aladdin has a Starbuck's right off of the casino floor, and not far from the elevators, so it was our first stop of the day. We had noticed that one of the very few amenities missing from the room was a coffee pot, but the Starbuck's made that situation tolerable.

Breakfast at the Spice Market Buffet

The Aladdin's buffet was impressive - among the breakfast selections were eggs benedict, egg foo yung, breakfast pizzas, lo mein noodles, custom omelets, smoked salmon, and a hundred other things too numerous to mention. Very, very good food, and we didn't leave hungry.

Across the street to Bellagio

The huge sign for the Bellagio was directly across the street from the Aladdin, and it contains escalators and moving walkways that will whisk you directly to the front door of the extravagant hotel/casino. We decided to go over to visit their botanical gardens, and walk off some of the breakfast. BTW, if you decide to visit the Bellagio, note that it is an adults-only hotel - kids can stay there with their families as guests, but if you are bringing children through the door you may be asked to present a room key.

The Paris

Along the walkway, we could look back and see the Paris, one of the newer casinos on the strip. We walked through it last year to check it out, and went up into the Eiffel Tower for a view of the strip. While we would probably pass on the tower this time, we definitely wanted to spend a little time there.

Caesar's and beyond

We also got a great view of Caesar's Palace across the Bellagio lake. Caesar's has given the older part of their hotel a face lift to match the new tower, although it's hard to see in this photo. Beyond Caesar's, part the Mirage and part of the Venetian is visible from this vantage point.

Fiori di Como

The lobby ceiling of Bellagio has a beautiful glass sculpture that is the first thing catching your eye as you enter the hotel. It is called "Fiori di Como", and was created by the internationally acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly. The artpiece is composed of over 2,000 individually blown glass pieces, took two years to complete, and covers approximately 2,000 square feet of ceiling.

The Botanical Garden

The Bellagio's Botanical Garden looks different every time that we've been there, and that is because the trees, flowers, and entire presentation is changed seasonally. Some of the color that you see in these photos is from flowers, but the deep red is from chili peppers - they use all types of plants to create the beautiful effects in the garden.

Via Bellagio

Via Bellagio is the name of their ultra-exclusive shopping area, and is on the north side of the hotel. You can see its glass ceiling and classy decor in this photo. We spent a little time there, and finally wandered out of the north exit to take the elevated walkway over to Caesar's.

Caesar's Palace

We stayed at Caesar's a few years ago during the running of the inaugural NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and fell in love with the hotel. Beyond the entrance you can see the new face of the small towers. On our way in, we had to skirt the entire corner where new construction is underway. We didn't know what was being built there, but knowing Caesar's, it will be something grand.

The Gods of Atlantis

After playing a little in the casino, we walked back into the forum shops. Caesar's was one of the first hotels to introduce a themed shopping experience, and the forum is built to look like you're walking along the elegant streets of the Roman Empire. The newest addition is the Atlantis section, and there is a free animatronic show put on by several "statues" about the battle between the gods for the city of Atlantis. Very interesting technology, and worth pausing to watch.

The Race for Atlantis

This 3-D, IMAX attraction is awesome. We did it last trip while killing time before our flight out, and wanted to do it again. Michael Jeter is the host of the experience in the film, and it is great fun. There is a huge screen, you wear 3-D headgear, and sit in seats that are coordinated to move with the film.

Into Atlantis

Since there is sometimes a line for the ride, they made that interesting as well. Walkways seem to float in the mist of this huge, dark room. There are flags and banners from Atlantis, and all sorts of mysterious shapes and lights to make the wait tolerable. Fortunately, we got there relatively early in the day and only had a short pause before starting "Race for Atlantis".

The Forum Shops at Caesar's

Before leaving Caesar's, we had to look through some of the shops at the forum. The whole place is themed to the most minute detail, and in this photo we're standing in front of one of the massive statues at a bend in the road.

Next door, to the Mirage

The moving sidewalk out of Caesar's drops you off at the start of the one into the Mirage, so we took it to head into the tropical-themed hotel. As you are moved toward the Mirage, you get the first look at some of the fountains and gardens on the property.

The White Tigers

Just inside of the south doors is a huge playroom for a white tiger or two, with a glass wall for taking a look at these stately cats. They have several sleeping porches, a pool, and everything that a tiger could want, but this isn't where they live. These tigers are part of Siegfried & Roy's endangered species program, and they actually live on the magicians' palatial estate where them roam free. The tigers take turns doing a couple of hours here per day to give everyone a chance to see them up close.

Lagoon Saloon

One of our favorite stops in Vegas is the Lagoon Saloon, an intimate bar located at the center of the casino in the rain forest. It is always incredibly relaxing - surrounded by palms & ferns, with the sound of the brooks and waterfalls all around us.

The Gardens at the Flamingo

We crossed the Strip to stop in the Flamingo, a place that we enjoy visiting although we've never stayed as guests (we'll have to remedy that some time in the future). The gardens in back of the casino are beautiful, with paths leading through tropical foliage and waterfalls. You can even get a glimpse of their pool, which looked great in the heat of the day!

Lunch at Bugsy's Deli

Since we knew that we'd be eating an early dinner, we decided to grab sandwiches to take back to the room for lunch. We came across Bugsy's Deli after leaving the gardens, so we picked up some food and took a taxi back to Aladdin.

The Bellagio Fountains

We had a wonderful view of the Bellagio fountains from our hotel room, so we watched them while we ate lunch. The fountains are choreographed to different musical numbers, and each performance lasts several minutes.

The Desert Passage

We went back downstairs to the Desert Passage shops, and took a few photos along the way to show how extravagant it was. The photo on the left is from the "Hall of Lamps", and the two below are from other areas of the mall.

The Aladdin Casino

From the Mezzanine Level, you can see a large portion of the casino floor. It is just the right size - large enough to have a variety of games, but intimate enough that you don't get lost (once you learn the general layout). It was a great place to play!

Dinner at NASCAR Cafe

Being huge NASCAR fans, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to dine at the NASCAR Cafe there at the Sahara. Tami ordered the Collision Chicken (a 1/2 pound breast topped with smoked cheddar and sliced ham, served with potatoes and green beans), while Mitchel went for the Thunder Road Burger (homemade pimento cheese, sauteed onion, lettuce, tomato and a jalapeno to top it off).

Ricky's Car

Full-size stock cars were suspended from the ceiling around the restaurant, and Mitchel was happy to see that one of them was from Ricky Rudd, our favorite driver. The #28 Texaco Havoline Ford was hanging just across from our booth. The tables in the cafe featured the layouts of the NASCAR tracks around the country, and ours had the Las Vegas Motor Speedway that we visited for their inaugural race a couple of years ago. This turned out to be a very cool place to eat!

A Tribute to Dale Earnhardt

The NASCAR Cafe had Earnhardt's #3 GM Goodwrench car displayed as a memorial, and fans had placed all kinds of emotional tributes to Dale. It was very moving to read everyone's thoughts and feelings toward the Intimidator - it's hard to believe that he is really gone, but this display was very well done. Dale would probably get a smile out of it.

The Rat Pack is Back!

This show at the Sahara was one of the absolute highlights of the vacation. It was exactly like seeing a show at a 1960's casino featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, and Joey Bishop. The showroom was smoky, we had to tip the Maitre d' for our seats, all making the evening authentic. This is a GREAT show - DO NOT MISS IT!!! As you can tell, we can't recommend this one highly enough. We'll be back! If you want to know more about the original Rat Pack in Las Vegas, click here.

Day 3 - A Gondola Ride and Some Irish Dancing

Sunrise in Las Vegas

Every morning we were treated to the sun on the mountains in the distance. By the way, if you look between the Bellagio sign (domed structure to left of center) and the edge of the Bellagio on the far right, you will see a white tower on the far side of I-15. It's a new hotel/casino being built called "The Palm".

The Venetian

To start the day, we grabbed a taxi to the Venetian hotel/casino. This breathtaking hall leads from hotel registration to the casino, and is very representative of the beauty of this hotel.

Breakfast at the Grand Lux Cafe

We were starving, and ran across the Grand Lux Cafe just off of the casino. It usually serves individually prepared food, but there is a small (but delicious) buffet for breakfast. The custom omelets that the chef put on our plates were worth the trip alone!

The Grand Canal Shoppes

As you may have seen by now, all the new hotel/casinos have elaborate shopping malls that share the main theme. The Venetian is no different - winding through the walkways and stores is a canal reminiscent of Venice, Italy. To add to the atmosphere, there are gondolas floating by with gondoliers that serenade the crowd with Italian songs.

St. Mark's Square

The real St. Mark's is full of pigeons, but the Venetian's version is probably a little cleaner. The high ceiling is painted like the sky, so walking through the square is a very interesting experience. There are street vendors with carts selling their wares, and off-duty gondoliers posing for photographs with visitors.

The Gondola Deck

To ride the gondolas, you buy tickets for a particular time, and then show up about ten minutes early. Our wait was short before we were loaded into a gondola to begin our journey down the canal and back.

Tin Toretto

After finishing the gondola ride and looking through several of the shops, we decided to grab a glass of wine and just watch the folks go by - people-watching is always interesting. We found a table outside, and relaxed outside the Tin Toretto restaurant.

The Great Hall

Not only is this one of the entryways to the Grand Canal Shops and the Venetian casino, it is also a historic site that only means something to Sinatra fans - it is the location of the old Conga Room when the Sands Hotel & Casino stood on this site years ago. It was here in the 1960's that the Rat Pack "Summit Sessions" took place. It is now a most impressive display of Italian architecture, though, and we couldn't help but stand there in awe.

The Outside Canal

There are canals that are external to the hotel, and in the near future the gondolas will be operating out there as well. Since the temperature was hovering at 115 degrees (F) while we were there, though, we'll probably stick to the one inside the Grand Canal shops. In this photo, you can see the base of the bell tower, which is next to the Strip, and the corner of the Mirage in the background.

The Venetian Bell Tower

While waiting for a taxi, we looked up and had a great view of one of the Venetian buildings and the top of the clock tower. On this trip, we never waited in the taxi line more than five minutes - that's one of the benefits of going to Vegas during a week when there's no conventions in town.

Cabbing to the Paris

The Paris Hotel/Casino isn't that far a walk from the Venetian, but in the heat of the day we thought that the five bucks would be well spent. The taxi delivered us to the front door of the Paris, where we walked directly into the air conditioning. Whew! We've always said that Vegas heat isn't as bad, since it's "dry heat", but at 115 degrees it is just downright blazing.

Le Boulevard Shoppes

After cruising the beautiful lobby of the Paris, and then the casino, we decided to walk the "Le Boulevard" before retiring to the Aladdin. There are several French restaurants, many specialty shops, and it is an extremely interesting place to explore. Like most other shopping malls attached to hotel/casinos here, the ceiling is painted to give the illusion of the sky.

An Impromptu Serenade

We came upon a bread vendor and an accordion player singing Parisian songs and having a great time. They were attracting a small crowd, and adding to the atmosphere of the Boulevard. The Paris hotel/casino seems to have quite a bit of attention to detail like this, which is why we'll probably stay there on a future trip.

The Passage to Bally's

The "Le Boulevard" ends up in a stained-glass domed passage to Bally's. The great thing about this is that Bally's has a monorail to MGM, so it is a great way to connect to the south end of the strip. On this day, though, we weren't that ambitious, and just turned back around to catch any Parisian shops that we'd missed.

Back to Aladdin

The Paris and the Aladdin are next door, so it was a short walk to the closest entryway of the Desert Passage shops. It is a little awkward, since there isn't a clean connection like the one that exists between Caesar's and the Mirage. Still, hop a flowerbed here, step over a curb there, and it isn't much of a walk at all. Besides, we got to go under the Arch de'Triumph!

Lunch at Alakazam Deli

Since we came into the hotel in the Desert Passage shops, and we had to have something for lunch, we decided to go back to the Alakazam Deli to grab a sandwich (we had another big meal planned for the evening). After ordering turkey sandwiches, we grabbed one of the bicycle-driven rickshaws and had the lady take us back to the casino entrance. Not only was it relaxing, but it was kind of fun as well! We ate lunch, floated around the Roman tub for a while, then took a nap. When we woke up, it was time to head back to the New York, New York Hotel/Casino for the evening's entertainment.

Dinner at Il Fornaio

We'd purchased a dinner package for "Lord of the Dance" at New York, New York, and chose the Il Fornaio restaurant. It features the authentic cuisine of Northern Italy. The way that it works is basically you choose from several restaurants, and then that restaurant has a limited menu to choose from that evening. The "limited menu" moniker is deceiving, since the selections were varied and the portions HUGE! We decided that they limited the menu to restrict it to items of similar prices. The food at Il Fornaio was outstanding - we both had rosemary chicken, and literally couldn't finish them. We'd recommend this restaurant whether you're on the Lord of the Dance dinner package or not!

Lord of the Dance

This is the world-famous musical dance production that helped make Irish dancing popular. The good news: the dancing is incredibly impressive and something that you've probably never seen before. The bad news: there is some kind of story being implied in the course of the show, and if you try to figure it out, you'll end up having a frustrated evening. The moral: just go and enjoy the dancing, and ignore any pretense of story or plot. With that in mind, you'll find this to be a very entertaining evening.

Day 4 - Hoover Dam & the Neon Boneyard

Hoover Dam Visitor Center

We started out the morning with a visit to Starbuck's, then the Spice Market Buffet again, and then picked up a rental car there at the Aladdin. After an hour's drive, we got to the dam. This structure was new to us this trip - before, the visitor's center was smaller and there was almost no parking. The new center is very nice, and even has a multimedia room where you can watch a film on Hoover Dam while you're waiting for the tour.

A Hard Hat Kinda Couple

We'd been to Hoover Dam before, but this time we signed up for the hour-plus hardhat tour. It was a little more expensive, and lasted longer than the normal tour, but sounded way-cooler. We paid the fee, had our hard hats assigned, and headed out with the rest of the group.

Huge Turbines

Not only is this a tour where hard hats are required, but also ear plugs in the areas designated by OSHA. This particular photo shows the giant turbines that actually produce electricity as they are spun by the water through the dam. After leaving this balcony, we got to walk right down beside them.

Educational Pause

Another feature of the hard hat tour is that they cover a highly detailed explanation of how the dam was built and how it works today. Before going below the turbines, we paused for a tutorial of exactly what was going on to produce the electricity, and how it was distributed to the surrounding areas.

The Turbines in Action

One floor down from the turbine enclosures are the actual spinning axles. In this photo, the ear plugs are stuffed deeply into our ears and we can't hear a thing! That's a good thing, of course, since this room is extremely loud.

Through the Power Plant

We all went back up a level, and moved through the big hall where all the turbines were. It was massive and loud, but very interesting. There wasn't much information given here, since no talking could be heard above the din of the machines.

In the Shadow of the Dam

This was another spot where the guide paused to give us some technical facts and figures about the dam. The one unfortunate thing was that for this particular stop the sun was beating down on us in our hard hats, and it was extremely hot by the time that we moved on. Still very interesting, but just a little warm!

The Hard Hat Couple at the Dam Base

You wouldn't believe how incredibly huge the dam actually is, but there it is in the distance behind us. In the dead center (almost) of the dam is a ventilation window, and the guide pointed out that we would be there before the end of the tour. From down here, the window looked so small that it isn't even visible from this photo.

Into Another Tunnel

Our guide led us into another tunnel, which ended in one of the buildings that housed the massive pipes that vented water around the dam. The guide told us that in two seconds enough water went out of the pipes to fill a standard swimming pool. They don't like to use them, though, because every ounce that goes out of the pipe into the Colorado River takes away from the water that is used to produce electricity.

Another Educational Pause

This time, our guide explained to us how the Colorado River was originally diverted during the construction of the dam. By the way, there are all kinds of stories of workers falling into the cement and being buried in the dam, but since it was poured in five-foot levels, there was no way that anything like that could have happened. The workers worked 24/7 in three 8-hour shifts to get it completed.

Yet Another Tunnel

This one goes into the dam itself. In fact, the original dam tours started in this tunnel, but now it's just a passageway for the various tours of Hoover Dam.

...And Even Another!

After an elevator ride and a passageway or two, we ended up in one of the original tunnels that run though the dam. It was clearly not meant for tourists, at least when it was built, but we trudged through it to see the inside of the dam structure.

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This explains the hard hats!

The Ventilation Window

Remember us mentioning the small ventilation window in the middle of the dam? Well, this shot was taken though it. It was kind of creepy, yet very interesting to look down at the area where we were standing just half an hour before.

The Parking Garage

One of the great things about visiting the dam was the parking garage. When we went there a few years ago the parking was much more random and hard to come by. Not only is this a multi-level garage, but there is also a restaurant and gift shop in the bottom level.

The Construction Crew Mascot

The plaque over this slab says, "The Hoover Dam construction crew's mascot was found as a puppy by workers at the construction camp. This dog travelled to and from the damsite with them and spent his days visiting the many work sites. On February 32, 1941 the life of this devoted animal came to an end when a truck under which he was sleeping rolled over him. This grave marker was completed by workers later that same day."

More of the Garage

The architect that designed the parking garage did a great job of marrying the concrete, steel, and rock. While it is a great garage for shielding a car from the heat, it melds perfectly into the mountainside.

Looking Back at the Dam

From the upper level of the garage, we had a very nice view of the dam - at least the top part, since by then we knew that it had many levels and tunnels. Some of the electrical array was even visible, and it gave us this great photo op. After snapping a shot or two, we headed back to Las Vegas. Before moving on, though, note the traffic on the road. We'd gone early and didn't have a problem, but on the way out the traffic was stacked up for miles, bumper to bumper. The moral: get their early!

The Neon Boneyard

We've seen several movies with scenes that take place among the old abandoned signs of Las Vegas in a place that looked like an old junkyard for neon signs. We've hunted it for years, and finally found where it might have been - the back lot of a Vegas neon sign company. They are basically just stacked up, and it's not that much to see, but we had to at least go take a look at it!

Wollensky's Steak House

The New York Times calls Wollensky's, "The steak house to end all arguments", and we agree. All their beef is dry-aged (remember the discussion from Gallagher's earlier on the webpage?), and the portions were gigantic - in fact, they advertise "side dishes for two". Mitchel had the cajun rib-eye, and Tami chose the chicken strip salad. We ended up taking to-go containers to snack on later. The restaurant is located on the east side of the strip just north of the MGM and Showcase building.

Coca Cola World

Just a short walk from Wollensky's, and north of the MGM, is the Showcase Theater building which houses a cinema, M&M World, and Coca-Cola World. It's hard to miss because of the huge Coke bottle on the front of the building. We didn't take the tour this time, but just stopped in the Coca-Cola shop to look around.

Andy Warhol's take on Coca-Cola

"What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it." - Andy Warhol

Dinner at Alakazam Deli

Traditionally on our vacations, we grab a deli sandwich on the last night to eat while we're packing. Since the Alakazam Deli at the Aladdin was so good yesterday at lunch, we decided to go there one more time. Armed with a couple of turkey sandwiches and chips, we went back up to our room and started getting ready to head home.

A Last Look North...

Packing was a little bit of an ordeal, since we brought carry-on luggage that was stuffed to begin with. We took it slow, though, and enjoyed the view out of our windows. Since the sun was going down, the lights of the strip were starting to come on.

A Last Look South...

We had a great view in this room, and could see all of the hotel/casinos on the west side of the strip down to Mandalay Bay - even the top of the Luxor pyramid is sticking up over Excalibur, but the huge light at the pinnacle hadn't been turned on yet.

Sunset

The last sunset was beautiful, and the perfect way to end the last full day of the trip.

Day 5 - Home to Dallas

A final stop at the Spice Market

Since airline food can be questionable, we wanted to start the day with a good meal. Of course, the Aladdin's Spice Market Buffet was the perfect place for that. More delicious breakfast fare, several kinds of breakfast pizza, maple-cured ham, and more.

Elevator Lobby

We always take a lot of photos of the room and outside of the hotel - this one is of the elevator lobby, though, just to show off the hotel's decor.

Aladdin Hallway

Like the previous photo, this is just to give you an idea what the hotel looks like upstairs.

The Trick Door

We had a constant problem trying to get in our room, and never figured the exact sequence out. It had something to do with the amount of time after inserting the card key that you pushed the door handle. Opening it while juggling two cups of Starbuck's every morning was quite a feat.

McCarran Airport

There are slot machines all over the airport, but we've always heard that you should never play them. Since people are basically trapped waiting for planes or to meet someone at the gate, the slots are supposedly very tight.

Downtown Las Vegas

After taking off, we snapped a few photos out of the airplane window. This one is of downtown Las Vegas, the area of Fremont Street that got the nickname "Glitter Gulch". Unfortunately, unless you know what you're looking for it just looks like a collection of buildings.

Nellis AFB & Las Vegas Speedway

This landing strip is Nellis Air Force Base, which is just north of town. Up from it and to the left is Las Vegas Motor Speedway (again, unless you know what you're looking for, it's barely visible). The famed "Area 51" lies north of here, a couple of hours by car.

Hoover Dam

If you remember the earlier photos of the dam, here it is looking tiny from the air. On the previous day we were standing right down there in front of it.

The Grand Canyon

The final thing that the captain pointed out was the start of the Grand Canyon, which we also saw on the incoming flight. After this we put up the camera, laid back in our seats were ready to get home!

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