| The Strip at
Night Around Caesars Palace
Probably the most famous corner in Las Vegas is Flamingo Road and Las Vegas
Boulevard. Here are the legendary hotels. The
Flamingo was the place that Bugsy built. Caesars Palace has anchored this spot
since the mid sixties. The Bally's Hotel was once the original MGM Grand. On
the corner between Flamingo Road and the Flamingo Hotel is the Barbary Coast
Hotel and mostly casino. In the foreground on our masthead image above is the
famous fountain lake of the Bellagio Hotel and of course Casino.
The photo on the right is of those fountains first made famous when Evel
Knevel jumped them in the sixties. He made the jump but the landing was a bit
The picture on the right was taken in March 2001. Caesars Palace is currently
under going another renovation and expansion and this scene will change
somewhat by Spring 2005.
These pictures were taken in October 2000 and they were both taken from the
same spot but across Flamingo Road from each other.
The top picture was taken from the pedestrian overpass at the Caesars Palace
and looks north on Las Vegas Boulevard. The second photo looks across and down
Las Vegas Boulevard toward the south end of the Strip.
This photo looks directly at Bally's pedestrian entrance on Las Vegas
Boulevard. Just to the right is the Aladdin Hotel. Obscuring the Aladdin, is
the Paris Hotel with its version of the Eiffel Tower.
Although these photos were taken in October 2000, not that much has changed,
except as we always say, the names on the marquees.
This is about to change soon. The Aladdin Hotel is now owned by Planet
Hollywood and they will put their trademark that hotel. Plans are for the
front of the hotel to become more accessible to pedestrian traffic.
This has become part of the trend on the Las Vegas
Strip to make even the sidewalks interesting and attractive. The Treasure
Island pioneered this trend by putting its boardwalk sidewalks into the public
Several other sidewalks have been enhanced this way. The walk from the
Flamingo all the way to the Venetian Hotel is a good example of making the
Strip more attractive and appealing to visitors.
Another feature which is notable are the fountain shows at the Bellagio. These
water displays are synchronized to traditional, mostly Italian songs.
The shows are free and last for a few minutes and restart every few minutes.
They run most of the evening when there is no wind.