This morning I left Death Valley. But before I left the park I visited Dante's View. Below is a picture of the road up the mountain to the viewpoint.
Dante's View looks down on Badwater, where I was Yesterday.
Dante's View is at an altitude of 5,476 feet on the north side of Coffin Peak, along the crest of the Black Mountains.
From there I drove 120 miles to Las Vegas. Before going into town I drove through Red Rock Canyon.
The park was unbelievably crowed. Every overlook was packed with cars. I just heard on the local news that this is Spring Break week for the local schools and a lot of people were in the park enjoying the beautiful weather.
It was on to my hotel next, the Holiday Inn Express just behind the Strip. So close and yet so far away. I canceled my room at Bellagio's because I knew I couldn't handle the walking it would require. I did a little gambling at the Orleans where I was able to park inches from the door to the casino. I spent a couple hours in there and lost about $100.
That concluded today's activities,
It was nice not having to pack up and leave this morning. Today was the first time this trip I have stayed anywhere more than one night. After my breakfast at the hotel I took a drive down the strip. Below is the famous Las Vegas sign. This is about ¼ mile from my hotel.
I drove the length of Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip) on may way out of town. This will be as much as I am going to see of it this trip. I have been to Las Vegas more than a dozen times. But my last visit was over eleven years ago, so it has been a while since I have been here.
I drove fifty miles northeast of Las Vegas to Valley of Fire State Park.
Again the weather was perfect for my scenic drive through the park. My first stop was at the beehive.
Valley of Fire gets its name from red sandstone formations, formed from shifting sand dunes 150 million years ago. The scenic drive through the formations is spectacular.
I have always loved the American West.
Below are the White Domes which are at the end of the scenic drive.
Below is Fire Canyon.
Below is the visitor center. The scenic drive I just took goes up through those rocks on the left side of the picture.
Below are the Seven Sisters. Actually only some of the sisters, they all wouldn't fit in the picture.
Well, you are probably tired of looking at red rock by now, so the last picture below was taken at the Cabin.
I drove back to Las Vegas by going through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. I got a couple glimpses of the lake but for the most part the road didn't come that close to the lake. It was a scenic drive though. On the way back to the hotel I stopped at In-N-Out Burger for dinner.
Tonight after it gets dark I'm going to take another drive down the Strip. I'm leaving Las Vegas tomorrow.
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