Friday, 10 March 2017

Las Vegas with Alan Anderson

Allan Anderson, a long time client of Depth Travel, was lucky enough to spend 3 nights in Las Vegas, observing the spectacle of the strip and ticking off must-do items like the Grand Canyon.  He shared his experiences as well as a few tips and tricks to navigating this city of lights.

Las Vegas

My wife and I visited Las Vegas for 3 nights in late 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. Although the taxi queues were long 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. 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. The 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.

We had dinner that evening outdoors in a Mexican-themed bar/restaurant outside Planet Hollywood with views looking directly down the strip. It was 'people watching' 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.

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 (it's only 4,500 feet straight down!). Guano Point probably has the best views of the Colorado River so don’t miss that one either.

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.

Safe to say, Las Vegas truly was a memorable experience -  a must do for anyone.

Alan Anderson