16.05.2011 - 18.05.2011 24 °C
Arrived in the evening and checked into my hotel room. As I’m here during the week hotel rooms are much cheaper, which is useful as the few hostel there are here don't look that inviting. It was a luxury to have a room to myself, no one snoring through the night and even a big queen size bed!
The hotel is on Fremont street, a bus ride from the well known strip on Las Vegas Blvd.
Slept well for once... before having to get up at 5am for a tour to the Grand Canyon.
Reluctantly got up early and met the tour bus. It was roughly 3 hours to the canyon so I naturally passed out. Along the way we stopped to get a few photos of the Hoover dam. Unfortunately it was too windy for the large bus to go across the newly build bridge that over looks the dam.
We arrived at the Canyon a little before midday. You basically have the afternoon to look around yourself. There are three sites to move between, with regular shuttle buses taking you there. You can walk along the edge with nothing stopping you from falling in, slightly nervous when I tripped a couple times! The true size of it can't be seen from just photos. The first photo is from 'Eagle point', if you can make out the eagle in the photo with its wings spread.
After a long ride back I went and looked around the 'Fremont street experience' just outside the hotel. Its a collection of live music, shops and casinos. I didn't gamble though, I'm too poor... and don't know what I’m doing.
Had a much needed lay in. Caught the bus late afternoon down to the strip. Got a few photos of it during the day, and then saw it lit up by night. The hotels and casinos and extremely extravagant and over the top, but that makes them all the more impressive. For example the New York New York hotel/casino with its replica New York skyline and State of liberty... as well as a roller coaster going round the building.
Looked around some of the casinos, such as the MGM, know as 'the city within the city'. By night there are a number of shows, such as the pirate show outside treasure island, the volcano erupting outside the Mirage and most impressive, the fountain display at the Bellagio. After looking around I went back to sleep as I had yet another early bus to catch.