We spend a little
more than a week in the Las Vegas area, the summer of 1998 and recommend it as a great place for
family vacations. We stayed at the MGM Grand, said to be the biggest hotel in
the world. We can believe this based on how long it took to get from the front
desk to our room! But it had a great view overlooking the New York New York with
the mountains in the background. In back of the MGM is an amusement park
where I rode the sky screamer and Elaine, Nick and Mark enjoyed the rides. We
saw most of the fantastic hotels, many of the other sights, shopped at Caesar's
Palace and rode the Big Shot on top of the The Stratosphere Tower (very scary). We
then took a ride in a very small plane (very very scary) to an Indian
Reservation on the western end of the Grand Canyon. The reservation has no
crowds of tourist and great views of the canyon. It seemed like a private tour.
Our last side trip was to Red Rock canyon just outside Las Vegas, another highly
recommended spot. ( Don't miss even
better photos from our trip in 2006 )
(click on the photographs for a larger image)
Las Vegas at
Night taken from the Stratosphere Tower
Elaine, Mark and
Nick in front of New York, New York
The view from
our room at the MGM Grand
Mark in the
hallway of the MGM Grand
Mark and Rich in
the MGM pool
Mark in the
Rich after suiting up to ridethe sky screamer, now saying his final
The sky screamer. Takes you up 23 stories and drops you.
I was so scared I forgot to scream!
Mark riding one of the boats in the MGM amusement park and waiting his
turn for another ride.