The trip from San Diego to Las Vegas saw us encountering temps greater than 45 Celsius, desert landscapes with pink and gray mountains in the distance. The entrance to the city was an oasis with all the casinos. Nothing compared to 1855, when the city was annexed to the US and Mormon missionaries tried to convert the Indian population. I stayed in the Hard Rock for three days and loved the hotel. The decor is rock star inspired, has at least thee swimming pools, tattoo studios, and a jewelry store, not to mention the casino and restaurants.