Thursday, 4 June 2015

Las Vegas - Head for Heights

Next Vegas theme...heights. Having a full week in the city meant that a day at the Grand Canyon was a must-do. I'd recommend going early in the week as the trips all start pretty early and a combination of time difference and not being quite in the full swing of Vegas partying will make that early start so much easier. We did a coach trip with Sweet Tours - our guide, Wally (actually a fellow Brit!) was great and the journey to the canyon flew by with his facts and stories. While we didn't do the helicopter the skywalk was great and the coach trip was a good way to see the canyon while still being back in Vegas in time for dinner. Be warned though - the canyon is actually super packed with tourists and if I went back I'd take the longer trip to the South Rim where you can stay the night and take advantage of hiking and feeling like you're in the true wilderness.

las vegas grand canyon sweet tours
Stopping at the Hoover Dam for a quick photo.
las vegas grand canyon sweet tours
Coffee stop in Dolan Springs.
las vegas grand canyon sweet tours
The canyon - one of those things that just can't really be photographed properly.
las vegas grand canyon sweet tours
There's no safety barrier. And nothing to stop you falling off the edge so be careful with that selfie stick!
las vegas grand canyon sweet tours
Yeah, it's busy. We climbed up this and the view was amazing.
las vegas grand canyon sweet tours
It was thiiiiiiis big, ma!
las vegas grand canyon sweet tours
The Skywalk - probably the shortest walk you'll do for $35 and you can't take your camera or phone with you because they also want to sell you a photo but we couldn't go all that way and not do it!
On getting back to Vegas we took a more man-made approach to big heights with a ride on the Linq High Roller. This is a new-ish attraction and as well as being super fun it offers great views of the strip and beyond. 
las vegas line high roller
Ceaser's Palace and the Rio.
las vegas line high roller
Paris Las Vegas and the Bellagio fountain show.
Still not bored of heights? The Stratosphere hotel and casino has a tower that can be ascended for $20 - compared to London prices everything in Vegas is pretty reasonable but there's so much going on that it really has to me. Located at the north end of the strip the Stratosphere has quite an 80s feel and has some fairground rides at the top as well as $4 margaritas and pretty awesome views. 

las vegas stratosphere

las vegas stratosphere
What a view!
Have you been to the Grand Canyon or is it on your bucket list? I wasn't that fussed about it before I went but now its one of those things I'm really glad I've seen.
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3 comments

  1. Ah Lily I'm absolutely loving these Vegas posts!
    Sophie
    x

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  2. There's nothing more uplifting than a good view - quite literally!

    I want to go. NOW!

    - Elodie x
    www.elle-yeah.com

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