Las Vegas and Grand Canyon

Thursday, March 3, 2016

We went to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing!! We had 7" of snow forecasted for the night before our flight (Monday 5:35am)... I was able to change our flight on Sunday afternoon and we drove to Charlotte to avoid the snow. Good thing we did! Our original flight was delayed by 8 hours!

I guess a lot of people had flight problems that day. We ended up with a row to ourselves. We took tons of photos out the window (I love flying by the way!). Here's Lake Mead as seen from above - this is is where the Hoover Dam is located.

We got a good deal and stayed at the Bellagio in the Spa Tower. Our room was fancy and gorgeous.

And came with a "partial fountain" view. We were actually able to see all of the fountains though!

We arrived right after Chinese New Year - Year of the Monkey. All of the hotels were decorated in Chinese lanterns and elaborate displays. Very cool!

Joe did the SkyJump at the Stratosphere. He jumped 855 ft off a perfectly good building :) I waited at the bottom.

We got to go back up to the indoor observation tower and look out. Amazing views from up here!

Fremont Street was a trip. There are tons of lights, music, street entertainers, bars, the Mob Museum, the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (any Pawn Stars fans out there?)

We saw our first Cirque du Soleil show - Zarkana. It was really cool! Each scene had elaborate set ups and colors and there was a huge cast. Bonus - you can take pictures as long as there's no flash!

After the show, we went up to the observation deck on the Eiffel Tower at Paris hotel. So cool to see the city from this level!

On Wednesday we went to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. We didn't take a dam tour because we just rented a car for one day and I was dying to get to the Grand Canyon West Rim.

Then we drove on to the Grand Canyon. This was Joe's first trip out West. Arizona is so pretty!! As you get close to the West Rim, you go through the Joshua Tree forests and everything is just gorgeous. I'm glad Joe drove so I could take lots of pics.

You can't take your phone or camera out on the SkyWalk but it was awesome. There's a glass floor and I'm afraid of heights, so I thought I would be freaked out - but I wasn't!

When we got back to Vegas that night, we stopped at the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign - so fun!

On Thursday we had breakfast at the Paris buffet, won some cash at Bally's slot machines, and checked out other hotels (New York New York, Planet Hollywood, etc). Joe found a Groupon for dinner at Treasure Island's buffet. $25 dinner with drinks for 2? SOLD.

We went back to Fremont to play the cheap slots on Friday. Joe won a $10 silver coin from the big Silver Strikes slot machine in 4 Queens. I got a couple of cheap souvenirs. And of course we saw Elvis :)

We spent the rest of the day having lunch at the Mirage before going to see Mat Franco's magic show. Fun trip!!

Have you been to Vegas? Or the Grand Canyon?

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  1. Fantastic photos, Emily, it looks like you guys had a great time and I can't wait to see how you preserve these new memories! We did a big road trip through AZ, NV, and UT a few years back and it was definitely one of our favorite trips. :)

    1. Oh nice! We plan on RVing one day and traveling around the South West!

  2. My husband and I went to Vegas a few years ago. We hit the Hoover dam but didn't make it to the Grand Canyon. So jealous! We did some hiking in the Valley of Fire which I highly recommend. It's about an hour away from Vegas.
    I loved looking at your pics. We went to see zarkana too. We loved it.
    I am not a big gambler but love Vegas. We are heading there October/or November with the family. Maybe we can hit the Grand Canyon too.
    Sorry for the novel. Lol.

    1. Thanks for the novel!! :) Hope you make it to the Grand Canyon. It was the highlight of the trip for me :)

  3. wow you guys did a lot! All fun of course. As a child we toured the dam..only time a kid could swear and get away with We've stayed at the Paris hotel, their little bakery had some awesome treats. Glad your intuition payed off and you drove to avoid the delays.

    1. We figured we better do as much as we could! Never know when/if we'll be back!

  4. Oh, how fun! I really enjoyed seeing them! Loved your room!


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