Friday, February 26, 2010

City Center Having An Impact on Las Vegas

So, after months of putting it off, we finally made our way down to the new City Center development to have a look at the spanking new jewel of the desert. It's not that we've been avoiding it, actually we've been excited about it and looking forward to the project's completion. We just wanted to wait until enough of it was open to make the trip worthwhile.

Entering the development, one is easily overwhelmed with the massive scale of this place. The towering silvery hotels and condos make for an awe inspiring experience. Even the Wynn, Venetian and MGM pale in comparison to the mammoth City Center.

As we pulled up to the Aria, we were greeted by the typical Las Vegas casino valet in quick fashion. He pointed to a location that seemed a block away as "where you pickup your car", which of course required a trip through the entire Aria casino to get to. So, there's Vegas for you. Any questions?

Clearly, billions have been spent to create this place. Everywhere you look, there is something magnificent to see. Yes, the casino is huge. And yes, there are thousands of slot machines everywhere you look. But beyond all that, the experience of being surrounded by a truly stunning environment, real or not, evokes typical Las Vegas.

What does that mean? It means that Las Vegas is alive and well and still providing the same thing it always has, which only Las Vegas does. An experience of something you simply will not find anywhere else. Something both incredible and unique. Wow is a word that sort of describes it, but not quite. Closer to over the top, and yet, there it is! Real as can be! Like Oz, except you are actually in it.

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