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Picture spot advice for Las Vegas?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by quatchi, Jun 6, 2015.

  1. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    Hey,

    I will be in Las Vegas for a week in August this year. I am, however, not much of a gambler. :)

    Can you recommend me some nice spots for snapping some pictures? I will have a rental car to my disposal, so slightly out of town will be fine for me (Grand Canyon might be to far away, though).

    Thanks in advance and have a nice weekend!
     
  2. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    People watching is fun in Vegas.

    Also, some really nice restaurants there if you like food shots.

    If you have time/funds - checking out the Canyon is worthwhile. We did a helicopter trip out and you get to see a bit of the landscape, waterways, dam etc

    Casino architecture is also kind of fascinating.

    We also made sure to book in some shows - look for a list of gigs, musicals etc to keep yourself occupied. I saw the Temptations play - it was awesome !

    Other than that, mostly its sitting by the pool drinking margaritas, reading a book and recovering from a hangover :)
     
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  3. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Head out to Hoover Dam (30 min drive) and after visiting the Dam, park and walk across the new giant bridge overlooking it. You'll pass Lake Mead on the way, which can be pretty (and the low water has actually created some interesting scenery, too)

    Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park are worth a visit and only a short drive.

    If you can spare a full day, Zion NP is about 3.5 hours away. That is simply a must see if you can make it.

    Also, be careful if you head out in the afternoon. Wear a hat and bring lots of water. This region of the U.S. is very hot in August. Daily high temps are very often 40-45 C. You can get into trouble really fast if you aren't prepared for the heat.

    Is this a business trip?
     
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  4. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Penn and Teller's show at the Rio is really excellent

    Barry
     
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  5. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

    326
    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    Thanks for your ideas so far!

    It is. I will have aprox. one day off and otherwise time in the morning (jetlag) as well as in the evening. Zion NP, therefore, might be to far away for my single day off.
     
  6. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    I'd say - walk the main-drag - may take a few hours but you can get some shots of the usual touristy stuff (Bellagio fountains, Pyramid, MGM etc etc) during the day, towards the evening have dinner at a nice restaurant, get to the Fremont Street light-show after-dark, book a show/gig to see and if you have energy left - try and get into one of the clubs on top of a tower overlooking the city for some epic night-time panoramas.

    There are also a few Vegas picture threads on the forum to check out -
    https://www.mu-43.com/search/446836/?q=vegas&o=date&c[title_only]=1

    Its all touristy stuff, but I tend to liken Vegas to Disneyland for grown-ups. While you're there you may as well revel (wallow?) in it.
     
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  7. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    Every street corner [emoji4]
    Valley of Fire. Easy ride, great views. Bring lunch and eat it at a picnic area along the route. Return to Vegas via Lake Meade and the dam.
     
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