Saturday, 15 October 2016

Las Vegas

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The Town that never sleeps!

One of our clients the wonderful Alan Anderson and his gorgeous wife Mandy recently visited Las Vegas.  He is our Guest Blogger, enjoy!

My wife and I visited Las Vegas for 3 nights in late September 2016. The Vegas visit was arranged by Depth Travel and followed a cruise that ended in Montreal, Canada, so we were keen for a relaxing break. After collecting our luggage we decided to catch a cab to our hotel rather than the cheaper option of a shuttle. Beware the long taxi queues but they are efficiently managed and cleared in about 15 minutes.

Having never been to Las Vegas we were completely in the hands of the Depth Travel 
staff. Their recommendations were spot on. 

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We had a spacious “Strip View” room at the wonderful Bellagio Hotel overlooking their famous fountains which erupt for 5 minutes every half hour from 3pm to 8pm every day. Bellagio is right in the middle of the strip opposite Planet Hollywood and the “Magic Mile of Shops” and next door to the famous Caesars Palace Hotel. The Bellagio is huge and cost $US1.2b to build.

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We had dinner that evening outdoors in a Mexican-themed bar/restaurant outside Planet Hollywood so we looked straight down the strip. It was people watching par excellence and as the sun set the people seemed to get crazier. Just below us we watched two men in Army trousers but no shirts and amazing “six packs” offering to have their photo taken with women whom they raised above their heads while sporting the US flag. We were not sure how much they received for each photo opportunity but they never stopped for the two hours we watched them.

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The next day we went to the Grand Canyon with Grayline. We were originally booked on a bus but were offered seats in a twelve seater Mercedes “Sprinter” for an extra $US200.00 (plus taxes of course). We jumped at the opportunity to spend more time at the Grand Canyon while getting back to the hotel several hours earlier than the bus. The Grand Canyon is a breath-taking must see and the Skywalk is sensational even for those who hate heights (its only 4,500 feet straight down!) Guano Point probably has the best views of the Colorado River so don’t miss that one.

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On the last day we walked along the strip and went up in the (faux) Eiffel Tower which has amazing views, watched the gondolas in the amazing Venetian Hotel and had a drink in the incredibly atmospheric Margaritaville Bar at the Flamingo Hotel. We also shopped at the Magic Mile of Shops before reluctantly leaving the Bellagio.

Las Vegas Strip Map