Las Vegas and the surrounding areas are beautiful but in very different ways.  
The glass and high rises of The Strip lend themselves to a very prominent, modern, human-manufactured beauty.  A designed thing meant to extract your money, existing only for the now.  
The rock formations, however, of the Valley of Fire, located an hour's drive from Vegas, show a curvilinear, natural, and haunting beauty.  Formed by water and glaciers eons ago, this parched landscape seems to ache for water's return.    

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