In October of 2004, I visited Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., for five days. I flew on America West airline from Washington, D.C.; transferring at Phoenix, Arizona. The summer heat was over when I arrived. The sky was partly cloudy and the temperature hovered around 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.
I reserved a room at the Mirage hotel located at the center part of the Las Vegas strip. The photographs in the slideshow capture a night view of the hotel and a framed view from across the street. At the check-in counter, the back wall is a huge aquarium with hundreds of fish. At night, the volcano at the front of the hotel spews fire and smoke.
At the Caesars Palace , the Forum Shops have an amazing interior design. The theme is ancient Rome; including ruins and facades. The trompe l'oeil sky changes from day to night every few minutes.
At the Venetian hotel and casino, the theme is Venice. The Grand Canal Shoppes also feature a trompe l'oeil sky. It has a canal where guests can hire gondolas for slow ride around the canal. I could not properly identify all the replicas of the Venetian landmarks shown in the photographs.
I toured Hoover Dam during my stay in Las Vegas. The sheer size of the dam overwhelms any sense of scale. The photographs show just how small the people and cars are when compared to the wall of the dam.