Field Trip Friday: Las Vegas, NV

OHNY program manager Jessica headed out West to Las Vegas, NV over the Thanksgiving holiday. Temperatures in the low 70s for late November and waking up to the bright, sun shining through her window every single day, what more could a girl ask for?

When you think of Vegas, what immediately comes to mind is most probably the Las Vegas Strip. Finding historic buildings on the Strip is a rarity since many hotel and casino owners tend to implode defunct buildings to construct brand, new ones to entice tourists to gamble, shop, dine, and stay at their casinos. Walking along the Strip, you can almost imagine that you are transported to places around the world like Venice, Rome, Egypt, and Paris without requiring your passport with each specially-themed hotel and casino.

Right now, the most talked about new complex of buildings on the Strip is CityCenter – featuring luxury hotels, residential apartments, entertainment districts, and high-end retail shops. The buildings and interiors were designed by recognized architecture firms including Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Studio Daniel Libeskind, Rockwell Group, Foster + Partners, and Gensler.

Moving away from the Strip, there are plenty of other sites to explore such as Red Rock Canyon – 197,000 acres within the Mojave Desert. A newly constructed visitor’s center serves as a hub for information and interpretation about recreation opportunities and hiking trails, wildlife including wild horses and burros, vegetation, geology, and cultural resources.

Another popular and quite impressive destination is the Hoover Dam. It was completed in 1936 and is the world’s largest hydroelectric power generating plant.

The trip would not be complete without a trip to Ethel’s Chocolate Factory. Founded in 1981 by Forrest Mars, Sr., the factory was created as tribute to his mother who made gourmet chocolates in their Tacoma, Washington home when he was young child. There were plenty of tasty samples as well as a botanical cactus garden right outside the factory to burn off a few calories!

Overall, the trip proved to be a great, sun-filled relaxing two week experience for her with plenty of places to see and things to do other than gambling!

Red Rock Canyon

Hoover Dam

Ethel M Chocolate Factory

Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Cactus Garden

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