Drive from Grand Canyon to Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Neon Museum, Bellagio Fountains and Casino.
After another night in the lodge at the Grand Canyon, we hit the road once again for our final destination – Las Vegas.
This meant we had left California for Arizona and now on to Nevada, or more specially the Mojave desert!
We did drive over the Hoover Dam on our way into Las Vegas, but sadly didn’t see much as the concrete barriers on either side of the road were pretty big! Apparently, big enough to miss the massive dam!
Anyway, our drive into the city was pretty impressive as we started to spot well-known landmarks such as the Stratosphere and the ‘Eiffel tower’, even our hotel for the night, The Bellagio and it’s fountains.
The lobby of the hotel itself as an experience and a good job because these hotels are all so big that there’s often a long queue just to check in.
Once we dropped our bags and settled in, we headed for the Neon museum which we pre-booked a tour and the Brilliant! Show. We had read good reviews of this place so it was a good start to get some history of the curious place of Las Vegas through the colourful story of its neon lights and signage.
As we were close to downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street, we took a walk down here and took in all the sounds and sights of Las Vegas.
After this, we headed back to our hotel to watch the Bellagio fountains. In busy periods, the fountains do different shows every 15 minutes so we stopped by to watch a couple before taking in the bright lights of the strip around our hotel.
We then hit the slot machines – but not for very long as to be honest, we didn’t really know what we were doing! Apparently, a lot of the casinos hold workshops in the day to teach people how to play all the different games, but we didn’t have enough time!
Bellagio Swimming Pool, Las Vegas Strip – Paris, The Flamingo, The Mirage, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, New York New York, Welcome To Las Vegas Sign, Fly home!
We had both planned to go for a dip in the lush swimming pool at the Bellagio – but I had been up fairly unwell in the night, so while I opted for an extra hour in bed, Ben had a swim.
It was the last day of our holiday, and what a trip it’s been! We wanted to make the most of Las Vegas so we stocked up on breakfast at Planet Hollywood.
Then we walked from casino to casino to take in the eccentric and impressive facades of The Mirage, Treasure Island, The Flamingo, The Venetian, Paris, Planet Hollywood, Excalibur and New York New York.
Whilst at New York New York, we stopped off to play in the arcades and Ben went on The Big Apple – a coaster around the hotel and casino.
It was a heavy 32 degrees Celsius with very little breeze so walking around all late morning and afternoon was actually quite difficult. We had to regularly stop to refresh with drinks.
At about 5pm, after a little bit of shopping, we went back to the Bellagio for a sit down and to people watch before we left for the airport.
We got back into our hire car for the last time and made a quick stop to see the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign. In comparison to the neon museum, it’s a little underwhelming, and there’s a massive queue if you want a picture with it.
And that was it! We left the hire car and got the shuttle to the airport terminal where our long trip home would begin. Due to the time different, although our flight was 9.30pm Saturday night, we would not see the UK until Sunday afternoon.
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- Days 1-4: San Francisco blog.
- Days 4-5: Beach Drive from San Francisco to Santa Monica blog.
- Days 6-8: Disneyland & Universal blog.
- Day 9: Hollywood and Downtown LA.
- Days 10-12: A few days around LA.
- Day 13: A trip to San Diego
- Day 14-15: The Grand Canyon
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