It has been so long! Happy June everyone, it is so close to summer already. I find this time of the year to be the busiest, because it is the end of the school year, extra-curricular activities, and the start of summer activities. Nonetheless, I have a lengthy blog post for you today on a recent travel excursion. Enjoy!
Arrived in Las Vegas during the evening and checked into Elara by Hilton, a great family friendly hotel, perfect if you don't want to stay in a gambling hotel. It is generally quiet, and very open unlike some of the themed hotels, which can get stuffy. Also, it is located right in the middle of everything. From there, I headed over to Planet Hollywood, which was right next door, to eat dinner at Gordon Ramsays Burgr, a very busy burger joint. They have some of the best burgers I have ever tried, along with tons of different kinds of fries, and milkshakes topped with pudding.
Started off the next day by heading to Paris, also located right next to our hotel.
Breakfast was located in what looked like a tiny village, and thus called Le Village Buffet. They had the biggest selection of breakfast foods I have ever seen. I highly recommend going in between meals, because the later in the day it gets, the higher the prices get. I hopped in right before brunch started, and got to try a little of both selection with a cheaper price.
The rest of the day was filled with walking around hotels, from Paris to Bally, Bellagio for the botanical garden, Aria, New York New York, Excalibur, Luxor, and more.
Finished off the evening at an old favorite called Olives, which was conveniently located at Bellagio. After dinner, I watched the famous Bellagio fountain show, and then hopped over to the Mirage after popping into Ceaser's Palace. Here, I watched the great Cirque du Soleil show only in Vegas called Love, a show done in all Beatles songs. Although it was minimal with crazy acts, the stage and effects were crazy, and who doesn't love some good Beatles songs?
Woke up early for a quick breakfast at Egg Works before driving 4 hours to the Grand Canyon. Since this took up the majority off the day, by the time I arrived it was time for an early dinner and a small walk around the rim. A dinner located right next to the rim, El Tovar Dining Room, it is recognized as the best restaurant in the Grand Canyon. The walk in the evening was very quiet, a vast difference between the busy Las Vegas
Today, I had breakfast in the hotel room and then hopped in the car for the Desert drive, including lots of stops and views along the way. Working my way backwards, the first stop was at the Desert View Watchtower, an old, tall tower with great views
The rest of the drive had many stops including old artifacts from a Native American village, views, and a museum.
The afternoon consisted of parking the car, and taking one of the free, public buses up and down the rim, until sunset at Hopi Point.
Woke up extremely early to watch the sunrise at Yavapa Point. Very worth the morning stuggle of getting up, and it was very quiet and serene.
The next quick morning stop was at Mather Point, the one famous for its views. After this stop I hopped on the road back to Vegas, taking a little detour.
The small detour on the way back to Las Vegas was the Hoover Dam, around 1 hour from the strip. I took an 1 tour of the Dam, along with seeing the visitor's center, a quick film, and walking across the dam in the desert heat.
Tonight's stay in Vegas was at one of the themed hotels, which actually turned out to be my favorite of all, the Venetian. Soon after checking in, it was time for dinner in Aria, at Javier's. I got one of the crowd favorites, the Carnitas. It was a great finish to the trip, and I was quickly tired after the large meal.
That concludes the post for the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. I hope you enjoyed seeing all the pictures of both, and that the itinerary helped you if you plan on travelling soon. Have a great week!
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