Touring the Center of the Las Vegas Strip

Wednesday October 25th 2017

After five days in town I thought it was about time that I visited the Las Vegas Strip. Yesterday’s failed attempt to use the Sam’s Town Casino shuttle caused me to bite the bullet and drive up to the strip this morning. I parked at the Miricle Mile Mall parking garage behind the Planet Hollywood Casino. This is one of the last free parking locations on the strip.

I made a loop of the center strip casinos. Starting from Planet Hollywood I crossed the strip to Bellagio to see the fall display in the conservatory. This is one of the better displays I’ve seen in the conservatory on recent visits. It featured two big peacocks surrounded by fall colors. Seeing the display in the conservatory was one of the reasons I wanted to visit the strip today.

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Two large flower covered Peacocks dominate the Bellagio Conservatory.

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The sun through the glass roof illuminated the peacocks well.

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Flowers cover all of the peacocks surfaces.

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This was labeled as a talking tree. I didn’t hear it talking.

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This character really likes his green acorn.

From the Bellagio I continued north to Caesars Palace, the Mirage, and Treasure Island. I crossed back to the east side of the strip at the Fashion Show mall to visit the Wynn Casino. Then I worked my way back south through the Palazzo, Venetian, Harrahs, the Linq, Flamingo, Bally’s and Paris.

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Orchids at the Mirage.

I stopped for lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s Fish and Chips in the Linq promenade between the Linq Hotel and the Flamingo. The Linq is the current name for the old Imperial Palace. It was also called the Quad for a year or two. I haven’t had Fish and Chips all summer so I was looking forward to lunch. It was very good and not that expensive for Las Vegas. Three pieces of “Alaskan” Cod and fries with a soft drink was $14.99 before tax.

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Blackbird checking out the flamingo at the wildlife area of the Flamingo Casino.

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Duck at the Flamingo wildlife area.

Overall I spent about four hours on my loop of the center strip. I didn’t loose a lot of money in the slot machines although I certainly didn’t make any either. Another day I’ll tour the southern strip from the same starting point.

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