Douglas L Perry, The Author blog

January 18, 2009

The Road Less Traveled

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I got a view of Las Vegas that the average traveler doesn’t get. My sister-in-law works for a construction firm building a new timeshare next to Planet Hollywood and I got to take the manlift to the top. It’s not for the faint of heart, it’s 51 stories up in a metal box attached to the side of the building with a few bolts. The flimsy looking metal cable that pulls the car to the top looks like it wouldn’t hold a bicycle let alone a car full of people. Next to us men packed the entire car full of rolls of carpet. The word that came to mind wasn’t brave, but crazy. However this system is in use all over the city and has been for a long time without incident. 

Here is the building from a helicopter point of view. 


Next to the large crane are lifts that whisk you to the top. I say whisk, because they actually did go pretty darn quickly. This is what it looked like at the bottom of the lift. 

Looking up from the bottom of the lift


Once on top the views were incredible. You could see the entire cityscape. This is what it looked like in the direction of MGM, and the Excalibur.

MGM, Excalibur, Luxor

















Here is a view of Planet Hollywood, Bellagio, and the mountains in the distance. 

Planet Hollywood, Paris, Bellagio

Remember how tall those cranes look from the ground. Here’s our view. 

Close view of a building crane

Here’s one more shot with a view towards the airport and you can see the Luxor to the right. 

Another view toward MGM, airport to the left

It was a view that the normal visitor to Vegas would never see and I didn’t want to go down. But the operator was about to go home for the day, so if we didn’t leave now, we would have to walk down 51 flights of stairs. Not that I couldn’t but…. we’ll take the lift down, thanks.

Lift Operator and my wife

Lift Operator and my wife

1 Comment »

  1. what an incredible view and what an awesome experience! thanks for sharing these pics…

    Comment by Alex Moore — January 18, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

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