Over the years the Strip in Las Vegas has expanded tremendously in all directions. The strip has grown longer expanding both northward and southward. It has become fatter – spilling out on both sides of Las Vegas Blvd. And the glitzy casinos and picturesque buildings now stretch upward, leaping skyward.
To walk the Strip is to be amazed by this part of the city’s architecture. Below is a look at some of these sites during the day and after the sun goes down.
One of the colorful castle towers at the Excalibur casino
A replica of the Statue in front of the New York New York Casino
This is 52 story tower of the Cosmopolitan Resort Casino.
Next door is the luxury Waldorf Astoria hotel with its 47 stories.
Looking like the skyline of Manhattan is the New York New York Casino.
At the south end of the strip is the Mandalay Bay Casino.
The pyramid shaped Luxor Casino has been turned into a huge advertising poster.
These headlights show some of the speedy traffic along the iconic Las Vegas Blvd.
The Tropicana is scheduled to be imploded in April 2024 to make room for a new baseball stadium.
The twin towers of the colorful Excalibur sits boldly on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Tropicana Ave
This is the luxury Aria Resort/Casino located in City Center.
Here is one of the trams that run along the Strip. This one transports visitors from the Park MGM Casino to Bellagio Casino. Another runs from the Mandalay Bay Casino to the Excalibur Casino and a third from the MGM Grand to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
I’ve photographed only a few of the casinos here. But Las Vegas is home to countless other amazing buildings. Even if you’re not a gambler the size and scale of the architecture is worth a visit to the city.
Earlier this month I decided to visit a couple of my favorite parks. Since most of the roads out west had been cleared of snow my objective was to beat the crowds at the start of the busy vacation season. The plan was to see Spring arrive in both Grand Tetons and Yellowstone for a couple of days.
I loaded up the car with a small backpack of clothes, a heavy coat in case of cold weather, some of my camera gear and a bunch of snacks to eat along the way. I hit the road very early Sunday morning for a long day drive westward since my first stopover was Laramie about 1100 miles away.
This was my day-by-day itinerary:
Grand Rapids to Laramie, Wyoming
Laramie to Jackson, WY
Jackson to Island Park, ID
Island Park to Gillette, WY
Gillette to Council Bluff, IA
Council Bluffs to Grand Rapids
On this short six day schedule I was able to spend two days each in the Tetons and Yellowstone. As a bonus, on the way back home I spent a few hours at Devil’s Tower National Monument and Badlands National Park.
Along our amazing interstate highway system and rural roads is great scenery, famous landmarks and amazing structures. The views from the journey across the midsection of our country is just as exciting for me as the national parks themselves.
On this long drive I decided to document the 3800 mile trip. These photos are presented in roughly the same order as my travels. I haven’t included any photos of the Tetons and Yellowstone – I’ll save them for another article.
an electrical generating station near Annawan, IL
Rock Island, IL bridge crossing the Mississippi River to Iowa
World’s Biggest Truckstop in Walcott, IA
newly plowed field in central Iowa
wind generator farm near Lincoln, NE
an irrigator at Grand Island, NE
novel advertisement for Paulsen Cement near North Platte, NE
large feed lot in Ogallala, NE
semi hauling PVC piping near Sidney, NE
a Lincoln monument at Laramie, WY rest area
a small herd of antelope near Arlington, WY
bridge crossing North Platte River in Ft Steele, WY
speed limit sign near Walcott, WY
large refinery in Sinclair, WY
rock formations near Table Rock, WY
small rural town – Eden, Wyoming
animal safety overpass near Daniel, WY
resort cabins in Bondurant, WY
a selfie at elk arches in Jackson, WY
a view of the Tetons from the west in Victor, ID
the Yellowstone River near Emigrant, MT
a small refinery in Billings, MT
a semi hauling logs near Garyowen, MT
electrical power station in Gillette, WY
freight train traveling near Sundance, WY
low clouds over the Devil’s Tower National Monument
walkway to viewing area in the Badlands
one of the bighorn sheep in the Badlands
bridge crossing the Missouri River at Chamberlin, SD
beautiful Native American statue at rest area in Chamberlin, SD
utensils for dinner in Sioux City, IA
final mileage for this six day cross-country drive
After having driven 3800 miles, I made it back home late Friday night.
While I enjoyed my time in the Tetons and Yellowstone, I also enjoyed the road trip as well.