Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Intersection of Harmon Avenue & Las Vegas Blvd

The shimmering blue tower of the Harmon and the Cosmopolitan.
The Vdara can be seen in the distance on the left.
(photo: TheHopefulTraveler)
Stand at an intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and you can get a clear view of the places you could visit with a short walk (as well as those that may require a bit more effort to get there). Due to the flat land of Las Vegas and the size of boulevard's massive hotels, distance can be deceiving and therefore places seem much closer than they actually appear.

I'm staying at the Cosmopolitan Hotel which stands at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Harmon Ave. This explains where the ill-fated Harmon hotel project got its name. Harmon is the street that runs between the Cosmopolitan and the Harmon on the west side of Las Vegas Blvd. To the south of the Cosmopolitan is rest of City Center and the Monte Carlo, the latter can be reached with a short ride of the tram that connects the Bellagio, City Center's The Crystals shopping center and the Monte Carlo.

Looking north from the pedestrian bridge crossing Harmon Ave on the
west side of the strip. Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood are seen
across the Strip. (photo: TheHopefulTraveler)
The pedestrian bridge at the corner of Harmon and the Strip, the shorthand name for the 4.2 mile resort segment of Las Vegas Blvd, offers guests easy access from the Cosmopolitan and City Center on the west side of the strip to Planet Hollywood across the street

The north entrance/exit to Planet Hollywood and the Miracle Mile Shops.
(photo: TheHopefulTraveler)
The big visitor attraction at Planet Hollywood which was once the Aladdin Hotel is the Miracle Mile Shops featuring over 140 stores along 475,000 square feet of retail space. Walk through this shopping arcade and you can still see architectural hints of the Arabian theme Aladdin. The above photo is of the north entrance/exit to the shops. A few steps from this point is the Paris Las Vegas and the adjacent Bellagio across the street.

Planet Hollywood has 2,600 rooms and suites. Above is portion of the
resort that sites at the corner of Harmon Ave and Las Vegas Blvd.
(photo: TheHopefulTraveler)
The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood have more affordable retail and dining options than the Crystals at City Center which is filled with luxury stores. If you're staying at any of the hotels at this intersection of the strip, the Miracle Mile Shops also hold convenient stores: two ABC Stores and a Walgreens. These shops have basics such as water and soda which cost far less than the three dollars that is charged at any of the sundry stores located in each resort.

Marriott's Grand Chateau dominates this segment of the strip even
though it is not located on Las Vegas Blvd. Should a mega resort rise
at the southeast corner of Harmon/Las Vegas Blvd, the hotel would
become obscured. (photo: TheHopefulTraveler)
Seeming like a reject tower of the Paris Las Vegas, Marriott's Grand Chateau (a non-gaming vacation club) dominates a segment of Harmon Ave standing 38 stories with 1,534 suites. Another pedestrian bridge crosses from Planet Hollywood on the east side of the Strip that leads visitors down to a Harley Davidson Cafe. At the top left corner is the upper floors of the Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel.

The emerald glass covered MGM Grand seen looking south on the Strip.
(photo: TheHopefulTraveler)
Looking south on the segment of the strip south of Planet Hollywood, the MGM Grand can be seen in the distance and is approximately one-mile from the corner of Harmon and Las Vegas Blvd. If you plan to walk, bring walking shoes though I would hardly recommend it if the Vegas temperature is on the rise.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...