Las Vegas, Nevada & Grand Canyon, Arizona
A place of ultimate fun, drinking & freedom.
We arrived on Wednesday the 18th of May at lunch time.
Our first impressions:
*Pumping city in the middle of the desert
*Really cheap drinks eg. 2 x pints for $3
*Always alive and pumping 24/7
*Everything and anything you could imagine - anything goes in Vegas
Matt loves the freedom of being able to walk around on a hot day in boardies and thongs, walking through casinos, malls and on the street with a beer in hand without anyone batting an eyelid. We have seen all types of people here and different show spectacles - there is always something captivating to watch. It's almost too much to take in all at once. We rode the highest theme ride in the world at 102 stories high, we were catipulted another 8 stories high above the building before plunging to the bottom. They have rollercoasters that go through the middle of buildings and do loop after loop high above the city. Restaurants, bars and casinos are opened 24 hrs a day and it is not unfamiliar to see someone with a drink in hand when we go down for breakfast in the morning. Las Vegas never sleeps!
We rose at 5am and caught a shuttle to the airport where we caught a 45 minute plane ride to the Grand canyon, west rim. After spectacular views of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead we landed and were transported by helicopter down to the bottom of the canyon for a boat ride on the Colorado River. It was 10 degrees warmer than the top of the canyon and gave us an awesome view. We caught the helicopter back to the top and then went to two different view points by bus to view the Canyon. It was really breathtaking scenery - vertical cliffs with no hand rails, you really had to watch your step. The Grand Canyon definately lived up to our expectations and truly deserves its inclusion as one of the 7 wonders of the world.