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List of Las Vegas Casinos that Never Opened

List of Las Vegas casinos that never opened
Over the years there have been several casinos and resorts planned for the Las Vegas Valley that never opened. The stages of planning may have been just an announcement or groundbreaking.[1][2][3]
Asia Resort and Casino
Where the Palazzo Casino and Resort currently stands (adjacent to the Venetian Hotel and Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center), an Asian themed casino was proposed but was rejected for the present Palazzo project.[4]
Alon Las Vegas
A proposed luxury hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip on the former site of the New Frontier Hotel and Casino, announced in 2015.[5] The project was put in doubt after Crown Resorts announced in late 2016 it was suspending its involvement in the development.[6] Crown announced in December 2016 that it was halting the project and seeking to sell its investment. The remaining partner Andrew Pascal announced he was seeking other partners to proceed with the project. However in May 2017, the land went up for sale.[7] The land was later purchased by Steve Wynn.
Beau Rivage
Steve Wynn, who had purchased and demolished the Dunes hotel-casino, had originally planned to build a modern hotel in the middle of a man-made lake. He later built the Bellagio with a man-made lake in the front of the hotel.[citation needed] The name was later used by Wynn for a resort built in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Caribbean Casino
In 1988, a sign for a proposed casino was erected on a fenced vacant lot on Flamingo Road. Standing near the sign was a scale model galleon. For several years, that was all that stood on the property. The empty lot was the source of many jokes by the locals until the ship, which was later damaged by a fire started by a homeless person, was torn down in the 1990s and the lot became the site of the Tuscany Suites and Casino co-owned by Charles Heers, who has owned the property since the 1960s.[8]
Carnival
In 1990, the Radisson group proposed a 3,376-room hotel next to the Dunes, with a casino shaped like a Hershey's Kiss.[9]
Cascada
A proposed resort that was to have been built on the site of El Rancho Vegas. The parcel is now partially taken by the Hilton Grand Vacations Club and Las Vegas Festival Grounds.[4]
City by the Bay Resort and Casino
A San Francisco-themed resort was proposed for the site of the New Frontier Hotel and Casino. The project was rejected in favor of the Swiss-themed Montreux, which was also eventually cancelled.[4]
Countryland USA
A country music-themed resort was planned for construction of the site of the former El Rancho Hotel and Casino. For some years, the El Rancho sign stood with the words "Coming Soon - Future Home of Countryland USA."[10][11]
Craig Ranch Station
Main article: Craig Ranch Station A Mediterranean-themed hotel-casino for North Las Vegas, proposed by Station Casinos in March 2000.[12] The project faced opposition from nearby residents,[13][14][15] which led to the proposed location being changed to a vacant property on the nearby Craig Ranch Golf Course.[16] Residential opposition to the new location led to the project being rejected by the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee in March 2001. Station Casinos still had the option to develop the project on the initial site,[17][18] but the project was cancelled entirely in July 2001, following a weak financial quarter for the company.[19]
Crown Las Vegas
Main article: Crown Las Vegas Formerly known as Las Vegas Tower, the Crown Las Vegas was to have been a supertall skyscraper built on the former site of a Wet 'n Wild water park. In March 2008, the project was canceled and the property was put up for sale.[20]
Desert Kingdom
In 1993, ITT Sheraton purchased the Desert Inn casino, and had announced plans to develop the large parking lot into a Balinese themed resort to complement the Desert Inn. The project was never developed and the site is now the location of Wynn Las Vegas.[4]
DeVille Casino
After building the Landmark Hotel and Casino on Convention Center Drive and selling it to Howard Hughes, developer Frank Carroll built the DeVille Casino across the street from the Landmark at 900 Convention Center Drive in 1969. Chips were made for the casino (and are sought-after collectibles), but the casino never opened.[21] The building was renovated in 1992 as a race book parlor named Sport of Kings which closed after nine months.[22] It became the location of The Beach nightclub, which was demolished in 2007 to make room for a planned 600-unit tower[23] that was never built.[24] The land sits currently empty.
Echelon Place
Main article: Echelon Place An announced project by Boyd Gaming planned to have a hotel built on the property of the former Stardust Resort & Casino. Construction was suspended on August 1, 2008 due to the Great Recession. In March 2013, Boyd Gaming sold the proposed site for $350 million to the Genting Group, which is redeveloping the project as the Asian-themed Resorts World Las Vegas.
Fontainebleau Las Vegas
Main article: The Drew Las Vegas Located on the Las Vegas Strip and originally known as Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Construction began in 2007, and the resort was to include a casino, 2,871 hotel rooms, and 1,018 condominium units.[25] Construction on the $2.9 billion project ceased in 2009, the year of its planned opening. Investment firms Witkoff Group and New Valley LLC purchased the unfinished resort in 2017.[26] In 2018, Witkoff and Marriott International announced a partnership to open the renamed project as The Drew Las Vegas in 2020. The resort will include a casino and three hotels totaling nearly 4,000 rooms, with the condominium aspect removed from the project.[27]
Harley-Davidson Hotel and Casino
A resort themed after the motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson was proposed, complete with hotel towers shaped like gigantic exhaust pipes, but was never built.[4]
Jockey Club Casino
The Jockey Club is a condominium and timeshare resort at 3700 Las Vegas Boulevard South. It was planned to have a casino, and chips were made for its use, but the casino was never opened.[28]
Kactus Kate's
By April 1994, Gold Coast Hotel and Casino owner Michael Gaughan was interested in building a hotel-casino in North Las Vegas,[29] at the northeast corner of North Rancho Drive and Carey Avenue. In January 1995, the city planning commission approved the rezoning of the land for use as a hotel-casino. The resort, to be named Kactus Kate's, would be built by Gold Coast Hotel/Casino Limited. The hotel would include 450 rooms, and the casino would be 105,000 sq ft (9,800 m2),[30] later decreased to 102,000 sq ft (9,500 m2).[31] The resort would be located directly north of the nearby Fiesta and Texas Station resorts.[31]
In December 1998, Coast Resorts, Inc. received approval from the planning commission for a use-permit relating to the undeveloped property. In November 2000, the planning commission unanimously approved a two-year extension on the permit, giving the company more time to decide whether it would build Kactus Kate's. Because of a 1999 Senate bill that placed restrictions on casinos in neighborhoods, Coast Resorts had a deadline of 2002 to build the casino. The hotel would measure over 100 feet (30 m) high, and Coast Resorts was required to notify the Federal Aviation Administration of its final plans, due to the site being located less than 1,000 feet (300 m) from a runway at the North Las Vegas Airport.[32] In January 2001, Station Casinos purchased the 29-acre (12 ha) site for $9 million. Coast Resorts president Harlan Braaten said, "As we saw the competitive nature of that area intensify, in terms of the size of competing facilities, we just felt we would have to build something much bigger than we had intended to compete with Texas Station and Santa Fe Station. It was just going to be a very expensive project, and we didn't feel the returns would be that good." Station Casinos planned to sell the property as a non-gaming site.[31]
Las Vegas Plaza
Main article: Las Vegas Plaza Not to be confused with the Plaza Hotel & Casino.
This was to have been modeled after the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The project was announced shortly before the demolition of the New Frontier Hotel and Casino, where the new hotel would be built. Las Vegas Plaza was cancelled in 2011 due to the Great Recession.
London Resort and Casino
This announced project was to have been themed around the city of London, and featuring replicas of the city's landmarks. The project was to be built on land across from the Luxor Hotel and Casino. A second London-themed resort was to be built on the former land of the El Rancho Hotel and Casino. Neither project ever began construction.[4]
London, Las Vegas
This was a proposed three-phase project using London as its design inspiration. When completed, the 38.5-acre (15.5 ha) property would have featured 1,300 hotel rooms, a casino, a 500-foot-tall (152.4 m) observation wheel named Skyvue (partially constructed), and 550,000 square feet (51,097 square meters) of restaurants and shops — all of which would be architectural replicas of various British landmarks and neighborhoods.[33] The project was to be constructed on land across from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, where — as of November 2019 — the partially-constructed Skyvue still stands. The wheel was to be "Phase I of London, Las Vegas".
Montreux Resort
This Swiss-themed resort was to have been built on the property of the former New Frontier Hotel and Casino, but was ultimately cancelled.[34]
Moon Resort and Casino
Proposed by Canadian developer Michael Henderson, this is a planned 10,000-room, 250-acre (1.0 km2) lunar-themed casino resort.[35] Gaming experts doubt it will ever be built in Las Vegas, simply because the space planned for it is too large for the Las Vegas Strip.[4]
NevStar 2000
Further information: Craig Ranch Station § NevStar 2000 Proposed by NevStar Gaming in 1998, the NevStar 2000 entertainment complex in North Las Vegas would have included a hotel and casino,[36] but the project faced opposition from nearby residents who did not want a casino in the area.[37][38] The project was cancelled when NevStar Gaming filed for bankruptcy in December 1999.[12]
North Coast/Boyd Gaming project
In May 2003, Coast Casinos had plans for the North Coast hotel-casino, to be built at the southwest corner of Centennial Parkway and Lamb Boulevard in North Las Vegas. The project would be built on approximately 40 acres (16 ha) of vacant land, surrounded by other land that was also undeveloped. At the time, the North Las Vegas Planning Commission was scheduled to review requests for zoning changes and approvals for the project. The project was not scheduled to be built for at least another four years, after completion of a highway interchange at Lamb Boulevard and the nearby Interstate 15, as well as the completion of an overpass over nearby railroad tracks. Bill Curran, an attorney for the land owner, said, "We're going through the zoning changes now so everybody knows what's going to be out there." The North Coast would include a casino, a 10-story hotel with 398 rooms, a bowling alley, movie theaters, and a parking garage.[39] In June 2003, the Planning Commission voted 6 to 1 to approve preliminary applications necessary to begin work on the North Coast.[40][41]
Boyd Gaming, the owner of Coast Casinos, announced in February 2006 that it would purchase the 40-acre site for $35 million.[42] Jackie Gaughan and Kenny Epstein were the owners at the time.[43] Boyd Gaming had not decided on whether the new project would be a Coast property or if it would be similar to the company's Sam's Town hotel-casino. At the time, no timetable was set for building the project.[42] In March 2007, the project was put on hold. At the time, Boyd Gaming had been securing construction permits for the project but decided to first review growth in the area. Construction had been scheduled to begin in mid-2007.[44] In August 2013, Boyd Gaming sold the undeveloped property for $5.15 million.[43]
Palace of the Sea Resort and Casino
This was to have been built on the former Wet 'n Wild waterpark site. Conceptual drawings included yacht-shaped towers that housed suites, a casino resembling the Sydney Opera House and a 600-foot (180 m) tall Ferris wheel-type attraction dubbed a "Sky Wheel". It never left the planning stages.[4]
Paramount Las Vegas
A casino and hotel and condo resort with more than 1,800 units that was planned by Royal Palms Las Vegas, a subsidiary of Royal Palms Communities.[45][46] The project was to replace the Klondike Hotel and Casino at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip,[47][45] beside the Las Vegas welcome sign.[48] The resort was approved in October 2006,[45] but an investor pulled out of the project in August 2007, and the land was put up for sale in May 2008.[46]
Pharoah's Kingdom
Pharoah's Kingdom was planned as a $1.2 billion gaming, hotel and theme park complex to be built on 710 acres (290 ha) at Pebble Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, five miles south of the Las Vegas Strip.[49][1] Construction was approved in October 1988,[49] with Silano Development Group as the developer.[50]
The project would have an Egyptian theme, including two 12-story pyramids made of crystal, with each containing 300 suites. The hotel would have a total of 5,000 rooms,[50] making it the largest in the world.[51] The 230,000 sq ft (21,000 m2) casino would include 100 table games and 3,000 slot machines, while an RV park, mini-golf, a bowling alley, and a video game arcade would be located beside the casino area.[52] Three of the project's various pyramid structures would house the 50-acre (20 ha) family theme park. Other features would include sphinxes, man-made beaches, waterways resembling the Nile river, an underwater restaurant, a 24-hour child-care facility, a 100-tenant shopping promenade, and a repertory-style theater that would be overseen by actor Jack Klugman.[52] Additionally, the resort would feature an 18-hole PGA Championship golf course,[52] and a monorail located within the theme park.[50] The project would have one mile of frontage along Las Vegas Boulevard.[52]
Frank Gambella, president of the project, stated that financing was in place, with groundbreaking planned for March or April 1989. Gambella said the project would be financed by several entities, with the money coming from a Nevada corporation, suggesting the entities would be grouped together as an umbrella corporation. Gambella stated that the project could be opened by Labor Day 1990. The resort was expected to employ 8,000 people. Following the completion of the resort, Gambella said a complex of 750 condominiums would be built on the land along with 900 retirement-care apartments.[52]
The project was cancelled shortly after it was announced, as authorities became suspicious of developer Anthony Silano's fundraising efforts for the project. It was discovered that Silano and his associates hacked into the Switzerland bank accounts of Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos following his death in 1989. Silano pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges. Another Egyptian-themed resort, Luxor Las Vegas, would open on the south Las Vegas Strip in 1993.[1]
Planet Hollywood Resort (original plans)
Not to be confused with the current Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
Originally planned to open in the late 1990s on the site of the Desert Inn, it was to be one of the largest hotels in Las Vegas. Because of the bankruptcy of Planet Hollywood Restaurants, the hotel was never built. However, in the 2000s, a group of investors bought the new Aladdin Hotel and Casino and remodeled it with a modern Hollywood theme.[4]
Playboy Hotel and Casino
A proposed casino resort themed after Playboy magazine was rejected in favor of a nightclub and suites built at the top two floors of the new Palms tower.[4] The planned location for the Playboy Hotel and Casino, on the Las Vegas Strip, was later used for the Cosmopolitan resort.[53]
Santa Fe Valley
Main article: Santa Fe Valley Santa Fe Gaming, which owned the Santa Fe hotel-casino in northwest Las Vegas, had plans for a second Santa Fe property in 1996.[54] The Santa Fe Valley would be built on a 40-acre (16 ha) lot[55] in Henderson, Nevada, adjacent to the Galleria at Sunset mall. The start of construction was delayed several times because of poor financial quarters for Santa Fe Gaming,[54] and because of the company not yet receiving financing for the project.[56] Site preparation started in July 1998, with an opening date scheduled for December 1999,[57] but construction never began. In 1999, the property was sold to Station Casinos,[58][59] which sold the land a year later for use as a shopping center.[60]
Shenandoah Hotel and Casino
A project by Wayne Newton. Although the hotel operated for a short time at 120 E. Flamingo Road, the management was unable to get a gaming license. After years of floundering it was sold to a Canadian company and became Bourbon Street Hotel and Casino.
Silver City proposals
By January 2000, Luke Brugnara was planning to build a San Francisco-themed resort on the site of the closed Silver City Casino.[61] Brugnara intended to give Silver City a multimillion-dollar renovation, with plans to have a fully operational hotel-casino by 2002.[62] In March 2001, Brugnara's request for a gaming license was rejected.[63] In May 2002, it was announced that Brugnara had sold the casino while retaining six acres located behind the building.[64] In 2003, Brugnara was planning to build a 24-story, 304-room hotel and casino resort on a portion of the Silver City property. The resort, to be named "Tycoon", was to be designed by Lee Linton, with an expected cost of approximately $100 million.[65]
Starship Orion
International Thoroughbred Breeders (ITB) announced plans to demolish the El Rancho and construct Starship Orion, a $1 billion hotel, casino, entertainment and retail complex with an outer space theme, covering 5.4 million square feet (501,676 square meters). The resort was to include seven separately owned casinos, each approximately 30,000 square feet (2,787 square meters).[66][67] Each potential casino owner was to contribute up to $100 million to own and operate a casino within the complex.[68] The complex would have included 300,000 square feet (27,871 square meters) of retail space, as well as 2,400 hotel rooms and a 65-story hotel tower. ITB hoped to begin construction later in 1996, with a planned opening date of April 1998.[67]
Sunrise
This was to have been located at 4575 Boulder Highway. Property developer Michael Mona Jr. built the hotel-casino and stated that he was going to break tradition by starting a "casino without a theme". He failed to get an unrestricted gaming license when suspicions arose concerning his associations with alleged organized crime figures. Chips were made for the casino, but were never used.[69] The building was opened as Arizona Charlie's Boulder.
Titanic
In 1999, Bob Stupak was planning a 400-foot-high (122 m) resort themed after the RMS Titanic, to be built on a 10-acre (4 hectares) property he owned near downtown Las Vegas. The resort would have included 1,200 rooms, 800 of which were to be used for timeshares to help finance the project. That year, planning commissioners rejected Stupak's request to change the zoning to allow for a hotel.[70] The project was later planned for the former site of the El Rancho Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip, but was rejected by the Las Vegas City Council.[4]
W Las Vegas
Main article: W Las Vegas W Las Vegas was proposed in August 2005, as a $1.7 billion joint project between Starwood and Edge Resorts, with a scheduled opening in 2008. The project would include a 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2) casino and approximately 3,000 hotel, condo hotel, and residential units.[71][72] The project was cancelled in May 2007, after Starwood pulled out of the deal.[73]
Wally's Wagon Wheel
Wally's Wagon Wheel was to be developed by Walter Weiss through his company, Magna Leisure Partnership.[74][75] The project was proposed for 2200 South Boulder Highway in Henderson,[76][77] between Wagon Wheel Drive and Roberts Road,[78] near Henderson's Old Vegas western theme park. Manga Leisure Partnership purchased the 15.5-acre property in late February 1988. Weiss, at that time, had tentative plans for a western-themed, 112-room property known then as the Wagon Wheel Hotel and Casino. The Wagon Wheel was expected to cost $15 million, and financing had yet to be obtained for the project, which Weiss expected to open in early 1990.[74] The project, which would include a 55,000 sq ft (5,100 m2) casino, was to be built in two phases.[79]
By October 1991, Wally's Wagon Wheel remained unbuilt due to difficulty obtaining financing.[80][76] That month, the Henderson Planning Commission voted to give Weiss more time to make progress on the project. At that time, the project was to include 204 hotel rooms and would be built on 13.30 acres (5.38 ha). Weiss noted that the nearby successful Sam's Town hotel-casino opened with 204 rooms, and he believed his project would be successful if he opened with the same amount of rooms for good luck.[76] By the end of 1992, Weiss had still not acquired financing for Wally's Wagon Wheel. At the time, the project was the largest of five casinos being planned for Henderson. The three-story project was to include 200 rooms, two restaurants, a theater lounge for country and western entertainment, and a large bingo room. Weiss stated that groundbreaking was scheduled for May 1993, with an expected opening in June 1994. The hotel-casino would employ approximately 600 people upon opening.[81]
Weiss met with nearby residents to discuss the project, and he had the original design changed to include a larger buffer zone between homes and the hotel-casino. In November 1994, the Henderson Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of Weiss' requested zone change as part of the redesign. The project, at that time, was to include a one-story casino and a four-story hotel with 400 rooms.[82][83] In December 1994, the Henderson City Council rejected Weiss' plans for a 200-foot (61 m) buffer.[84]
In July 1997, the unbuilt project received its sixth extension from the Henderson Planning Commission for a use permit and architectural review.[85] In August 1997, the Henderson City Council approved the sixth extension, but denied Weiss' appeal for a one-year extension, instead giving him six months to make progress on the project.[77] Up to that time, $1.7 million had been invested in the project by Magna Leisure Partnership.[86] As of 1998, the project was expected to cost $80 million and employ at least 1,200 people, and the proposed site had increased to 19 acres (7 ha). At that time, Weiss stated that he was close to obtaining financing for the project from a casino operator.[87] The project was never built.
Wild Wild West
Not to be confused with Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel. As of 1993, Station Casinos owned a 27-acre (11 ha) site on Boulder Highway with the potential to be developed as a casino. The site was located across the street from Sam's Town hotel-casino.[88] In January 1998, Crescent Real Estate Equities Co. announced plans to purchase Station Casinos, which had intended to sell the land prior to the announcement.[89] By March 1998, Station Casinos was planning to develop a hotel-casino complex on the land, which was occupied by a vacant strip mall. The complex would be known as Wild Wild West, with local residents as the target clientele.[90][89]
Crescent's purchase of Station Casinos failed in August 1998, and Station Casinos subsequently slowed its plans to build the project.[91] By the end of the year, the project had received approval from the Clark County Planning Commission for a 273,000 sq ft (25,400 m2) casino and a 504-room hotel.[92] No timetable for construction was announced,[92][93] and Station Casinos had already decided by that point not to start any new projects prior to 2000.[92] Station Casinos sold the undeveloped land for $11.2 million to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in April 2004.[94]
World Port
In 2000, Howard Bulloch, David Gaffin, and their partner Tom Gonzales transferred ownership of the Glass Pool Inn property to their group, known as New World, with plans for a megaresort.[95] New World purchased several other nearby motels to accumulate a 77-acre (31 ha) parcel located on the Las Vegas Strip and east of the Mandalay Bay.[96] In January 2001, plans were announced for World Port Resorts, a megaresort consisting of hotel-casinos, a convention center and a fine arts facility. The project was to be built on the 77-acre (31 ha property, a portion of which was occupied by the Glass Pool Inn.[96]
World Trade Center
To have been located at 925 East Desert Inn Road. Leonard Shoen, co-founder of U-Haul truck rental, purchased the property of what had been the Chaparral Hotel & Casino in 1996, renovating it into the World Trade Center Hotel. A gaming license was applied for, but when it was discovered that two of Shoen's closest partners were convicted felons, the application was denied in 1998. He withdrew his application, and died in a car crash in 1999 that was ruled a suicide. Cards and gaming chips were produced for the World Trade Center Casino, but were never used.[97] The property has since been demolished and is now a parking lot, part of the Las Vegas Convention Center Annex.
World Wrestling Federation
A casino resort themed after the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) was proposed for a property near the Interstate 15 freeway across from Mandalay Bay. The project never went past the proposal stage.[4] The land where it would have stood is now Allegiant Stadium.
WWF also proposed to open the project on the property once used by the Clarion Hotel and Casino, which was demolished in 2015 to become a parking lot.
Xanadu
In February 1976, the Clark County Commission approved the 23-story Xanadu resort, to be built on the Las Vegas Strip at the corner of South Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue. The resort would include approximately 1,700 hotel rooms and a casino, as well as convention facilities, a showroom, dining, and indoor tennis courts. The resort was to be developed by Tandy McGinnis – of Bowling Green, Kentucky – and his Xanadu Corporation, and would be built on 48.6 acres (19.7 ha) owned by Howard Downes, a resident of Coral Gables, Florida.[98][99][100] The Xanadu would feature a pyramid design, and was expected to cost $150 million.[100] It would have been the first themed mega-resort. Much information and many artifacts of the project are housed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas library. The Excalibur Hotel and Casino ultimately opened on the property in 1990.[101]
See also
Category:Defunct casinos in the Las Vegas Valley List of Atlantic City casinos that never opened
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Amy: My first Short story-feedback will be greatly appreciated

An Ode to the great O’Henry. “Gin and tonic, please”, he hollered at the bartender, seating at the high-top. The tavern is empty, 9:00 PM on a slow autumn Sunday evening. The bartender serves the drink, “You know we close at nine-thirty? I’m taking the last order for the kitchen”. “Am good”, he says, taking a sip. The bartender smiles, “I know you, Nathan-the Accountant, haven’t seen you in a while”. Nathan smiles, with a half-nod, “And you are?”, “The Bartender”, says the Bartender, definitive, “you need anything, you know where I am”. He disappears into the dimness of the aisles. Nathan takes another sip, trying to recall, the last time he was here. It was the night, of his promotion, a month back. He was ecstatic, as drinks were passed around, Barry and Rust, his two best friends, joking about the ruckus he had created the year before, being passed over for the position of Senior Accountant. They ended up sloshed, unhinged, barely making it back to their homes. And today, he made his way to this place, once again, unplanned, unhinged, reminiscing those simpler, happier times. “Last call”-The Bartender is back, “You can stay here for an hour, am counting the register. You do need to place the final order, can’t keep the tabs open. I’m shutting off the lights, you can join me at the bar, if you wish”. Nathan makes his way to the Bar, the Bartender serving him the final drink of the night. “You are not from the South, are you?”, he asks. “I showed up here in July”, he replied “Hmm, Why Covington?”, Nathan asks. “Well, I retired this year, wanted some time off, try something different, keep myself busy. Wanted to explore the world, chose New Orleans as my first destination.”, he replied, his wrinkled face lighting up. I’m on a quest, I will be here as long its takes”, The Bartender smiles. “Well, when and where are you heading to next??”, Nathan asks, curious. “Not confirmed, will be sometime”, he replies with a stoic calmness, “When u have lived enough, you realize that the question is not When, Where, why or even How. You just owe yourself a What, and trust that it’s in the works.” A pause ensues as Nathan absorbs what he just heard. It’s not the words, but the detached, discerning, sagacious tone of his voice, that felt, for a lack better word-brooding. The Bartender continues, “You look confused, and I believe it’s not the where and When that bothers you. It’s the How. And I’m sure you haven’t even thought about the What.” The Bartender explains, “Let me tell the story, of my friend, Amy. She lived in the same neighborhood, where I grew up. In a small town like ours, it was commonplace for us kids spending time at each other’s house. I used to spend my afternoons, playing in the backyard of her house. We became close friends. We used to talk a lot about how our lives would turn out. I was a farm boy, our family was into Soybeans, and that’s how my life turned out to be. But Amy had dreams. She wanted to be an opera singer, she dreamt of a husband who was handsome, rich, owned an RV-trailer, a house with a bar top, where her husband made the perfect martini after a long day of work. She had all figured out. And if it does not work out. We made a pact. In our hey days, we will spend our evenings together, mixing drinks and singing. Her parents never approved her ambitions to become an opera singer. They felt that she should pick a modest profession, a teacher, or a nurse perhaps. The only person she could confide to, was her best friend. We would spend hours in the backyard, as she would sing the famous operas of the time, to the audience of one. My parents loved her, and my Mom would make us Sundae, during those summer afternoons. She was firm in her resolve, and she left, at seventeen, this town being too small for her ambitions. We did not have cell phones, or computers, so the only way we kept in touch was through letters. And it used to be a delight for one of those letters, to show up randomly at the door. She had taken professional singing lessons, and her performances at the mirage in Las Vegas were a big hit. She got married at 24 to this amazingly wonderful gentleman who owned a huge mansion 5 miles from the strip. She was living the life she dreamt of. Over the next few years her letters stopped showing up and I thought, that’s how life is, we grow and our life changes. We make new friends, get busy with our own lives, trying to make by, you know what I mean. I did fondly remember our younger days and felt happy for her. I got married too, settled down in Quad City, Iowa and started a trading business. We lived a pretty fulfilled happy life, had our struggles but overall, I am happy with what life had to offer. During those years I always had Amy in my mind, how did her life turn out. I always wondered that if we ever meet, will she even recognize my face. What are we gonna talk about.”? “Why didn’t you go and meet her?”, Nathan asked, “You had her address, and she was in Las Vegas, performing at the Mirage. It should not have been tough”. “Well, you are right, I should’ve. However, you start missing someone when they are no longer in your life. I did meet her a couple of times when she was in Iowa. She was always on the go. We would meet at a restaurant, spend some time and she would fill me on all the adventures, the wonderful trips her husband treated her to and the amazing gifts she received from her fans. She did invite me a couple of times to Las Vegas, to see her performance. However, time flies by and when her letter stopped coming, I knew that her life had taken an upswing, where her toddler friends, did not matter. My life took a U-turn. My wife contracted cancer at the age of 47, and my priorities changed. Kids had grown up and gone to college and I was left alone to look after her. The doctors tried their best, but the eventual happened. I lost her two years back. I was shattered, felt life had no purpose. The kids would come over sometimes, filling the loneliness, yet life was not the same. And then one day, going through an old album, I chanced upon a photograph of Amy. Suddenly, I felt that I should go and find her. Or at least meet her once, considering the fact that now I had no real motivation to live in Quad City. I boarded a flight to Las Vegas and landed up in Mirage. I talked to several managers, ground staff, Opera conductors who may have been a part of the casino during the 70’s, about Amy, the singer from Quad City, Iowa. No-one seemed to recognize her!! Till I met the owner of a small club far down the strip. He mentioned her name, saying that she was a performer at a gentlemen’s club in the strip. She came to Las Vegas with no money, or means, or the connections that’s needed to survive. She spent nights at the strip club, making enough to support herself, got married to one of the patrons, a good-looking gentleman, with a fierce temper. He was rich though. His neglect and anger issues left her divorced, and at 30, the chances of having a career as stripper was pointless. She ended up performing at the club far down the strip, where she met her second husband, who was a deadbeat biker, living in a trailer. Life was tough for both of them and soon she realized that it’s not going to work out. She decided to leave Vegas with her third husband, a bartender who was banned from the strip for stealing money from the counter. He had multiple convictions to his name. I was shocked. In all the years, in the letters, every time we met, she never mentioned any of this to me. There were a couple of time she did say that it would be great if I could move to Vegas and help her with her career. I remember, telling her about getting married, and right after that the letters stopped coming. I asked the owner, any clue where she could be now? He looked up old paychecks and said that the last one was posted to her in New Orleans. I showed up at New Orleans in July looking for her”. “So, where is Amy? have you found her?”, Nathan could not wait for the answer. “Not yet”, the Bartender said, “but I decided to become a mixologist, so I could work at the bars and hope that someday, she will show up. It’s wishful thinking, but here is the moral of the story. Amy got all that she wanted, a husband who was rich, who owned an RV, and who could make her a perfect martini every day. But they were three different people, unfortunately, and they all did not have the one thing that she never asked for, a caring, compassionate friend who could appreciate her for being what she was. You see, we all get what we want in life, it’s when we go beyond the “What” and start worrying about the “Hows”, “Whys” and “Whens” that we do not value the “What” and trivialize it to material possessions, fame, or superficial realities that we create for ourselves, ignoring our inner calling, and slowly the “What” disappears into the background. If only she had asked the question “What” and not bound herself with the “Hows” and “When’s”, trusting that it would work out. If only her family supported her ambitions and trusted her ambitions without asking her the “Whys”. And “What” she wanted was not in Las Vegas. It was right around her. The appreciation of her own people, an approval of her family, of her life choices and her ambition to become a singer. I know this because, the “Whys” and the “Hows” of her life led her to chase a pipe dream that she could’ve had it in her own backyard. “Do You think you will ever meet her?? what is your “What” now?”, Nathan inquired, as he got up to leave, it was already 10:00. “Well, since you ask, I just want to see Amy once, tell her that it’s all ok. She never told me about her ordeals, out of shame, or maybe out of the fear!! Her family was oblivious to all of her trials. They always thought that she was a singer in Las Vegas. I want her to feel that her relationships with her closest friend is still the same, and he wants her to know that he is ready to honor the pact they made when they were ten”, the Bartender says with a sigh, yet hopeful smile. Nathan heads back home and kisses his wife and kids. The troubles of his evening, he knew was trivial. Life moves on, three months later he shows up at the same tavern. He inquiries about the Bartender, who works no more. He is told that he moved to Avondale, another suburb. As he was heading out, the manager called him and handed a post card. It had an address of a place in Avondale. He drove to the address and saw an RV parked outside a small Tavern. He could hear Pavarotti’s “Parigi o’ Cara” from inside. He went in, and saw a beautiful dame, singing her heart out, with passion and exuberance that could put the singers of today to shame. Glancing towards the bar counter, he saw Nathan mixing drinks, stealing a glance once in a while, beaming with pride and happiness. Amy got all that she wanted, a husband who was rich, who owned an RV, and who could make her a perfect martini every day. And she was an opera singer at her own bar. She got “What” she wanted in life, and the pact of true friendship was honored.
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Traveling to the Grand Canyon - Las Vegas - Los Angeles in October

Hi,
Me and two of my friends are planning to rent an RV from Phoenix, AZ and go traveling in the West Coast of US.
Our first destination will be, of course Phoenix, where we're renting the RV from, then we'll go to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
We will have about 10 days of traveling, from 16th to 26th, maybe 27th if we have enough things to see.
Our main goal will be the Grand Canyon, followed by Las Vegas and Los Angeles. From what I saw on google, Phoenix doesn't have too many places to visit (not form what I found at least).
If you have some tips for half a day or maybe a day in Phoenix, that would be great. If not, we'll just land there, rent the RV and get going.
But the main goal will be the Grand Canyon. And there I ask you what can we do out there? (I found some beautiful falls, Havasupai Falls, which looked great) What can we visit? And what we'll be doing with the RV? Is there a parking lot for RV's out there? If yes, do I have to enter and exit the national park over and over?(and have to pay the entrance tax every time?)
So, for the Grand Canyon, our interests are what things we can do/hike/see? (maybe even hidden gems) And also what can we do with the RV (considering that we don't want to spend a fortune on parking or keep entering over and over again) (because that's why we got an RV. It's cheaper than renting a car and a room at an inn/hotel/airbnb)
Maybe spend 3-4 days in the Grand Canyon (if, of course, we have things to do there).
After that, we'll be going to Las Vegas where we found out there's Cirque du Soleil that we might wanna attend (but were not sure yet. And I know there's a bunch of casinos and cool hotels to see. Other than that, what other attractions are there?
We'll wanna go for 2-3 days there.
Then there's Los Angeles, which I don't know much (to visit). What good spots we can go out there that will not break our economy funds?
Probably around 2-3 days for Los Angeles too.
We'll gonna leave from Los Angeles at the end of the trip, so we're gonna ditch the RV once we arrive there...

I want to thank you guys in advance for the recommendations!

Edit: Oh, and I personally wanna see the Hoover Dam when we'll go from the GC to LV.
Edit 2: Also, maybe some rafting tips in the Grand Canyon? I'd love to go rafting!
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