Welcome to Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

We left our spot in Wickenburg, AZ just after 9:30 this morning and headed north on US-93.  The highway is fairly flat and goes through desert typical in this part of the world.  After about an hour we decided we would stop at Nothing for a quick break to stretch our legs.

After stopping at Nothing to get a break, we continued northward through more desert.   About twenty miles south of the Nevada state line the terrain became quite interesting as mountains appeared in front of us.

At times we were able to see the Colorado River winding through the mountains.

Then it was over the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.  Opened in 2010, this bridge was the key component of the Hoover Dam Bypass project, which rerouted US 93 from its previous routing along the top of Hoover Dam, and removed several hairpin turns and blind curves from the route. It is jointly named for Mike O’Callaghan, Governor of Nevada from 1971–1979, and Pat Tillman, a football player who left his football career with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the United States Army and was later killed in Afghanistan.

A few miles after crossing the bridge we were treated to a  great view of Lake Mead, the reservoir created by the Hoover Dam.

After about ten miles, we went up over a hill and the city of Las Vegas appeared in the distance.

We pulled into Arizona Charlie’s Casino and RV Park and quickly settled into our new home for the next week.

Tomorrow morning we’ll go over to the airport to pick up our daughter, Jessica, who is flying in for a few days over the Presidents Day weekend.  We plan to check out the sights of the city and do some hiking in nearby Valley of Fire State Park.

More on those adventures later . . .

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10 Responses to Welcome to Las Vegas

  1. Good Luck at Arizona Charlies!

  2. Marsha says:

    Nothing looks like a very friendly, peaceful stop. Hope you made a lot of lasting friendships.

    Great photos of the mountains and river.

    Be sure to walk the new bridge over the Dam. It is very scarey, and I know how you two enjoy scarey!

    How exciting that Jessica is coming. You three will have a wonderful time. Don’t forget to get some sleep….hehehe

  3. rjrvtravels says:

    Ejnoy your time with your daughter. We are a Picacho Peak State Park for a few days. I plan on taking the hike to the top.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks! We always have a great time having Jessica visit. She is very flexible and enjoys everything.

      We never did get to Picacho Peak. Take lots of pictures and share your hikes. Have fun and be safe!

  4. Check out the hiking around Lake Mead if you get a chance. We spent almost 2 weeks there last november and so enjoyed all the scenic hikes in the area. This website is a wonderful resource for hikes around Lake Mead: http://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/LAME/_LAME_Over/_LAME_Over.htm

  5. Gay and Joe Taylor says:

    Beautiful views on your trip. I take lots of photos when we are on the road for Joe. He doesn’t see much as the driver! We are headed to Vegas in March… looking forward to your posts and travel guide!

    Enjoy time with with Jessica…what a treat!

    • placestheygo says:

      We should have a great time with Jessica. The weather is suppose to be much better than back east.

      Hope we can provide some ideas for you!

      The drive was wonderful. I saw two crested saguaros and the mountains were beautiful! Then we hit the Colorado River, Hoover Dam and Lake Meade. What a wonderful journey!

  6. Jill E. says:

    Love your pictures! Jamie has a conference in Las Vegas in June so I think Paige & I are tagging along. Want to show her the Hoover Dam and do the “dam tour”!

  7. Susan A. says:

    If I was in the middle of nowhere, I’d stop at Nothing too!

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