Las Vegas with Colin& Wendy
Tuesday 23rd We all met up the day before the holiday, excited to be going to Las Vegas! We had dinner in a nice country pub before driving to a Motel near to Gatwick Airport and in the morning we did not have to rush to catch our flight to the U.S.
Wednesday 24th With the excellent in-flight service on Virgin, the 10 hour flight passed pretty quickly. On arrival we drove to the Hotel Flamingo, got checked in and unpacked in our lovely spacious rooms. Dinner that night was at the “Outback” restaurant where we had a huge choice of delicious food. As everyone was feeling the effects of jetlag we opted for a relaxing evening and a reasonably early night.
Thursday 25th Today we set off to have our breakfast at Denny’s restaurant before taking a walk through a couple of the amazing hotels. On our return to the Flamingo we decided to have a refreshing dip in the pool and then it was time to change and set off for an evening stroll down the“Strip”. We stopped for a drink and as it was such a pleasant evening we dined outside at the Harley Davidson Cafe. After our meal we took a leisurely stroll back down the strip and it was time to head for our Hotel and bed.
Friday 26th We took a drive out for a hearty breakfast at Ihop today then drove to the famous “Welcome” sign at the start of the strip for a few photos. After that it was on to the Tropicana Hotel to take in the exciting “Interactive Mob Experience”. On the way back to our Hotel we stopped for a bit of shopping and a much needed drink. We were then off to Planet Hollywood’s “Miracle Mile” an impressive indoor shopping plaza. Our evening was planned out and we were off to the Planet Hollywood Theatre to see the fabulous“Beatles Show”. After dinner we walked back to the Flamingo taking in the amazing ” Water Fountain Show” outside the Bellagio Hotel and then walked on to the Mirage Hotel which stages an amazing ”Volcano Show” every night.
Saturday 27th April After breakfast back at Denny’s we set off on our drive to the fantastic Grand Canyon, Western Rim. Once there we took a bus to the Sky Walkway where we took in the fantastic views and we were treated to a dance display by the local Indians. Everyone agreed the sights in the Grand Canyon are awesome a truly unforgettable experience! On our way back to Vegas we stopped at a Chinese restaurant and after arriving at our Hotel we took a walk to the Venetian Hotel where we finished the day watching the Gondolas that float through the Hotel and having a drink at an Italian bar.
Sunday 28th April Today started with a walk to Denny’s, now one of our favourite breakfast spots. After breakfast we enjoyed ourselves exploring a number of the impressive hotels – MGM Grand, New York New York, where Peter and Colin were the only 2 brave enough to go on the roller coaster, the Belaggio, the Aria and the world famous Caesars Palace. The weather today was very hot so we decided to make a stop for a cooling ice cream before heading back to the Hotel to freshen up. In the evening we again headed up the Strip, the atmosphere as always buzzing, and we stopped in the Hotel “Treasure Island” where we had dinner. We had tickets for the 9pm show back at the Flamingo to see “The Legends”. We all enjoyed watching – Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Lady GaGa, Rod Stewart and Britney Spears. After the show we managed to meet the stars and get some memorable photos. We finished our day with a night cap in the hotel’s Garden Bar.
Monday 29th April Today we drove to the Hoover Dam. As it was such a hot day we decided to head back to the hotel to spend the afternoon taking advantage of the Flamingo’s pool which is the best on the Strip! After freshening up we were ready for our drive to Freemont Street in the Old Town for a delicious dinner at an Italian restaurant. After dinner we took a walk through the Freemont Street Experience which everyone agreed was amazing especially the light display and street performers. Before heading back to our Hotel we stopped in a bar for a drink to finish off another full and fun day.
Tuesday 30th April Unfortunately today was our last day, so after packing our bags, we had our last American breakfast and set off to the airport. Thanks to Bill, Colin, Thomas and Peter for making our week so enjoyable!