Las Vegas was so much fun! We arrived at the hostel at night, checked in and booked a Grand Canyon West Rim tour for 6am the next day so went to bed, despite the fact I was too excited to sleep!
The 5am start was painful. The coach picked us up from the front of the hostel at 6am and dropped us off at the north of the boulevard where we were transferred onto the coach to the Canyon.
The coach driver made the journey very entertaining, although having an interactive coach ride was a bit of a cultural difference. In Britain the coach driver doesn’t tend to talk to the passengers, just at them, which made our journey to the Canyon a bit uncomfortable but fun all the same.
During the journey, the driver informed us of all the history and interesting facts about Las Vegas, such as when different areas were built and why, as well as pointing out all the celebrity houses.
The first stop we came to was Hoover Dam. The views were stunning! However, it was sad to hear about all the men that lost and risked their lives to build it. As well as the men, the Dam dog lost his life from being run over and was buried onsite.
The second stop was at a small desert village which was very different to the culture to anything I had seen. In the coach, a video was played informing us of the people of Las Vegas’ purpose and some of the changes it had gone through. For example, a lot of the residents helped advertise atomic testing to win the Cold War and the change of laws under the Presidency of Ronald Reagan.
After 5 hours we arrived at the Canyon and my goodness it did not disappoint! The views extended for miles. The first stop at the West Rim we went to was Eagle Point, named after the eagle shape of the Canyon.
As well as the eagle, another shape that could be picked out was a dog lying down.
At Eagle Point, there was also a Native American village to look around and learn about which was really good too.
After a lunch break, we got the shuttle bus to the Guano stop which provided an even more spectacular 260 degree view of the Canyon when we hiked up a small hill.
The scenery was incredible. The Earth is truly an amazing place!
On the way back to Vegas, we drove along the famous Route 66 which was really quiet and had a stop at “Last Stop”. Sadly we didn’t see any aliens.
We arrived back at the hostel around 5.30 and got ready to hit the strip. It was so much fun! From riding a Gondola at The Venetian to Spanish dancing outside Caeser’s Palace, there is so much to do besides the classic slot machines. The atmosphere was unlike anything I had experienced. It was so lively and energetic. The costumes were also incredible! Everyone was there to be free and have fun, and we definitely had fun judging by how we felt the next morning!
Unfortunately we had to check out by 11am, so as soon as we were organised, we got a hangover cure and went into Downtown.
Despite being there during the day and the heat, the energy levels were still as high as the night before with many still drinking and gambling.
But it didn’t matter what time it was, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Well, it used to until the internet and social media was invented!