Las Vegas at night. © Josh
Here in the once barren Nevada desert mankind has erected a
shrine of neon indulgence. The glitz and glamour sprawls out over the Las Vegas
strip as each casino attempts to "one up" each other.
Whether one considers Las Vegas an adult Disney World or a crazy world of
everyone who visits this gaming Mecca is blown away by the sheer
magnitude of what man can create from absolutely nothing.
Vegas comes alive as nightfall washes over the town
Millions of coloured
lights illuminate the desert sky
flicking & flashing every colour of the
rainbow. The sidewalks ooze with every walk of life.
|Photo. A castle illuminated at night time. ©
Western cowboys mingle with high rollers from LA...as Japanese tourists snap
pictures of every city corner. Where else...but Las Vegas.
Photo. Las Vegas is the city where you
can find casinos everywhere. © Josh Cutler.
Each casino attempts to "one up" each other.
Bellagio's massive fountains are the definite highlight of the Vegas strip.
Bursts of water sway to the rhythm of classical music. The result is a
choreographed visual feast. The Bellagio fountains can make even the toughest
Vegas critic leave with their mouth gaped in utter amazement.
|Photo. Bellagio's massive fountains are
the definite highlight.
© Josh Cutler.
Who knew man could teach water to dance
Photo. Colourful fountains in Las
Vegas are popular entertainment.
© Josh Cutler.
down the road is Fremont Street (old Vegas). It glows intensely, proving that
although its theme is dated, it still has a lot of life left to live. Here on
Freemont Street, lays the old haunts of Frank Sinatra and his Brat Pack, Elvis
& early Hollywood. The feel of this Vegas section is older and retro
it's not quite retired.
The main attraction of old Vegas is the
Freemont Street Experience. It utilizes the largest television screen on the entire planet
city blocks long!!
The best part is
its on the ceiling! Once an hour, Fremont Street casts an
animated technicolour movie overhead creating a neck-ache for thousands of wide
eyed tourists. I was in total awe of man's greatest virtual reality light show.
Photos. The Freemont Street Experience - an great virtual reality light
show. © Josh Cutler.
Billboards jostle for space along the roadside, advertising everything from
the latest Cirque du Soliel show to drive through wedding chapels. Skin is
definitely in...I've never seen so many billboards of naked people in my life.
This is definitely Sin City...with a capital S! Not that I counted...but the
Vegas phone book has 136 pages devoted soley to Escort services!
|Photos. The Sphinx and the Great Pyramid in
© Josh Cutler.
Photo. The Eiffel tower in Las Vegas.
Where else on earth can one walk from the Eiffel Tower to the Luxor
Pyramid in just one day?
Vegas isn't for everyone...but its definitely a city everyone should visit at
least once in their lives. It's a place where dreams are made and broken every
Viva Las Vegas the saying goes
In my opinion
"Life" in Las Vegas is definitely alive and
Josh Cutler, 3 March
Vegas is the real party city and neon oasis in USA. It`s very popular for
gambling, entertainments, weddings, honeymoons, stagg- and hen parties and other
kind of parties. It`s located in the southern part of the state of Nevada, about
80km (50mi) east of the California border and 50km (30mi) west of the Arizona
This "desert mirage" is divided into two main parts: a compact downtown
called Glitter Gulch, centred on the intersection of Highway 95 and Interstate
15; and The Strip, a corridor of hotels and casinos lining Interstate 15 a few
kilometres south of downtown.
Experience more of the Sin City`s
highlights and lowlights. Explore the opulent casinos or go sightseeing with your family.
Around Las Vegas there is also much to experience. Use your opportunity to enjoy
spectacular floor shows, but also to hike in the exciting wind- and water-carved landscapes of the
southwest's red rock desert. Don`t miss Grand Canyon. You can
also visit the famous Hoover Dam.
Facts about Las Vegas:
Area: 293 sq km
Time Zone: GMT/UTC -8 (Pacific Time)
Area Code: 702
Presentation of the author:
Cutler has been interested in travel as far back as age 5. Growing up, he would
spend countless hours reading and rereading the world atlas. While most other
children played with Star Wars figures and Big Wheel Bikes, Josh's favourite toy
was his globe. His country of origin is the
USA (from the Philadelphia area). He currently lives in Ventnor, New Jersey.
travels led him to Mexico and
Central America. Then, at age 25 he quit his job and spent months exploring
Western Europe and North
Africa. It was a life altering experience to
live out of a back pack for such an extended period of time. As much as he
saw...his hunger for travel and exploration seemed to grow
Photo. Josh Cutler is an adventure traveller,
photograph and freelance journalist from USA.
passion was travel writing. He has had several articles published by Lonely
Planet and Globe Trekker."My greatest joy is experiencing different
cultures, religions and lifestyles...then being able to convey my visions
through words and description to those back home."
Josh has visited
over twenty countries including Peru,
and most of Europe. For further
information, assignments, articles and photos, Josh Cutler could be contacted on