Las Vegas | the city that wakes up late

the Strip at dawn (c) 2017 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

At 6 a.m., Las Vegas is a sleepy town. I'm ensconced in a Strip View room at the Bellagio, a $20 upsell from a Resort room and well worth it for the view. Directly in front of my room I can see the large "Paris balloon" and replicas of the Arc du Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, and Mon Ami Gabi — a French bistro at which I enjoyed dinner last Saturday night. (The trout almandine was really good).

I really enjoy the view when I walk into my room after dinner. The sky is dark, and the balloon is lit up and centered in my window. Every 15 minutes, I can see the fountain show from my window and even play the music on channel 22 on the tv in my room.

Las Vegas pulses all night ... but it's very quiet at 6 in the morning. There's virtually no traffic on the Strip, and the casinos are relatively empty. I woke up at 5:50 a.m. this morning (had a 6:30 a.m. breakfast appointment to begin my day at Virtuoso Travel Week) and enjoyed the effect as the rising sun dramatically highlighted the clouds.

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