Place 77 – Day 6: Las Vegas,NV – Hoover Dam & Grand Canyon

Chatting With Norwegians

We woke up this morning and had a call from Espen & Marcus, so we had a chat with them for a bit.We got ready and had breakfast after speaking with them and then were ready to go.

Hoover Dam

First on the agenda was the Hoover Dam. We drove for 1 hour from our apartment to get there and it was a pretty simple drive.We got to the dam and had to pay $10 for parking. We parked up and headed down to the dam.The sheer size of the dam is astonishing! We didn’t pay for any tours but we did walk around it a bit and got some cool photos which we think show the depth.

We walked around here for a bit and then stopped for an ice cream in the cafe, which was perfect for such a hot day!Weirdly, the Hoover Dam is in Arizona, but only just, so much so that when we left, we had to drive out of Arizona, into Nevada and then back into Arizona.

The Grand Canyon

We weren’t too sure what to expect, but we drove for 1.5 hours from the hoover dam to get to the Grand Canyon (west).We didn’t know that it was a tour in which we had to pay and then take busses buses everywhere, but it worked out well.The first place we went was where the observation deck was, but it didn’t look great, so we didn’t pay for that. We did get some cool photos of the Grand Canyon though.

Behind us from this area was a native American village, which we got to walk around which showed all the different types of buildings used.

We got back on the bus after this and went to the next section, which gave us a 360° view within the Grand Canyon, which was awesome!

We even saw the old cable car system they used to move materials whilst mining.

We left this area and got on the bus to get to the final place, which was a ranch.Unfortunately, by the time we got there, everything was closed, but it looked like an old wild west town.

Kim tried to lasso a fake bull and managed to do it when she wasn’t being filmed!

We went and saw the horses and then tried to do some horseshoe throwing, which Kim perfected on the first throw!

We left here and went back to the main area where we collected our car and drove back towards Vegas, with a stop in IKEA!

We got some Swedish meatballs, of course, and looked around the shop.

We got back home, much earlier than we have been, and ate some ice cream whilst watching TV.

We have to give the car back tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 77 – Day 5: Las Vegas,NV – Stratosphere & Blue Man Group

Breakfast At Denny’s

We completely forgot to get anything for breakfast in last night, so we had to go out for some this morning.

We originally went to a place up the road but it was right inside a casino, which smelled of cigarettes, so we went to the next casino and found Denny’s, which was luckily hidden away out of the way of the casino.

We each got some food and drinks and filled outselves up before starting the day.

Stratosphere

Interestingly, our ‘starting the day’ was heading back to the apartment and relaxing. We were both so tired for some reason, so we just relaxed and watched TV for a couple of hours.

Eventually, we drove out to The Strip, where we got to the Fashion Show Mall and parked there, as it was free.

Once we parked up, we headed into the mall to get a Starbucks to take with us on our 30 minute walk to the Stratosphere.

The Stratosphere is the tower of Vegas and is actually taller than a lot of the world’s towers, including Tokyo’s tower, which we thought was pretty tall. This tower is about 1149ft.

Upon the Stratosphere, there are 3 rides. Kim wanted to go on all of them, so she did! It was actually a pretty decent price, too.

We both went up the tower and went right up to the highest point, where Kim went on the Bigshot. This ride is a short one, but it takes you up and then throws you down, as seen below.

Next up it was the X-Scream ride, which takes you over the edge and back a few times. This one wasn’t great, to be honest.

We moved from here to the ‘finale’ – Insanity. This is a spinning ride which also hangs over the side of the tower. Pretty scary stuff!

We got some good views from the tower, which was nice. Contrasting both the mountains, downtown and the strip.

The Strip

Downtown

Mountains

Drinks In Venetian

We left the Stratosphere and the walked down to Circus Circus where we met a former colleague of Kim’s and went for a drink.

He drove us down to The Venetian hotel & casino and walked through the maze of places to finally get to a replica of the canals and the main square in Venice.

We sat here for a couple of hours and had a drink whilst chatting about all kinds of things. Really lovely guy and was good for Kim to catch up with him.

Blue Man Group

We got a pizza slice after getting dropped off at Mandalay Bay and wandered towards Luxor, which is where we were seeing Blue Man Group.

We got in and it was a fairly small arena. We were given some tissue paper to ‘decorate ourselves’, too.

It was an odd show, with musical and comedic elements, but it was pretty good! We aren’t going to go into too much detail, but we would recommend going, for sure.


Blue Man Group

Rating:- 9/10


Car Park Drama

We walked the 45/50 minutes up to where we parked our car and stopped along the way to take photos of the strip at night.

We got to the carpark, only to find that it was closed! We panicked for a second and then saw some other people who had done the same.

We thought it had been towed or something, but could then see it, so we had to find a way in.

We walked one way, but it was closed there too, and we eventually found a open side door and were able to get the car and drive home.

Another fun filled day!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 77 – Day 4: Las Vegas,NV – Valley Of Fire & “O” Cirque Du Soleil

Driving Back To Vegas

We left around 11:00 after having breakfast and drove back towards Vegas.

We had a stop planned on the way, before getting back to Vegas, but our first goal was coffee.

We got over from Utah into Arizona and then into Nevada again.

We stopped for our Starbucks and then headed back on the road.

Valley Of Fire

We stopped at the Valley of Fire for a couple of hours to see what it is all about. This is a national park and cost us just $10 to get in.

We stopped at the visitor centre and even just there it was stunning!

There was a road to drive down, so we did just that, before we came to the end of it where the ‘white domes’ are.

We went for a quick walk down the path to see what was there.

We left this area and drove back towards the visitor centre, but stopped to walk into the ‘Fire Waves’ – This sounds much more dramatic then it was.

We walked for about 20 minutes to get to the end. There were some cool views and cool looking rocks, but it was not as awesome as we thought it would be.

Back in Vegas

We arrived back in Vegas and found our apartment. We have an en-suite and a really comfy bed, so we’re happy!

We got situated and relaxed, Curtis watched the Leafs also.

Dinner

We ventured to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for dinner, out of interest.

We got some boneless chicken, cajun fries, cajun mash and a ‘biscuit’ each.

Overall, it was ok, but nothing too incredible.


Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Rating:- 7/10


“O” – Cirque Du Soleil

We got a Lyft to the strip, where we started by watching the remainder of the water fountain show that was happening.

After the fountain, we headed into Bellagio and found the “O” theatre.

We eventually got in and sat down…in the 2nd row!

This’ How Close!

We won’t say anything about the show and obviously couldn’t take photos, but it was tremendous. Every part of it was incredible, and it was a huge arena, purpose built for this show.


“O” – Cirque du Soleil | Las Vegas,NV

Rating:- 35/10


Full Fountain Show

We finally caught a full fountain show outside Bellagio, so stayed to watch that.

We came back home and it was 100% bed time after a long day.

We have something a little different planned tomorrow, plus another awesome show!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 77 – Day 3: Las Vegas,NV – Mob Museum & Winning Money!

Breakfast & Pool

We didn’t really have any plans for the day today, so we got up and found some breakfast. We went to Dunkin’ Donuts for a bagel and then went back to the room to get ready for the day.We got ready and wanted to go and chill by the pool for a little bit, so we got ready to do that and headed there.We got to the pool and it was absolutely rammed, so we had to say goodbye to the pool and we went out to the Mob Museum instead, via Starbucks.

Mob Museum

We had been recommend the mob museum by a few people, so we had to check it out.We paid for an extra tour, rather than just the regular tour and we’ll get to that part shortly.The museum was a lot of reading, but we pretty interesting. It talks about the mob, prohibition and how Vegas became what it is today.There was many an artifact in this museum, including the above Al Capone revolver and there was the wall of which the Valentine’s day massacre took place.

Speakeasy & Distillery Tour

We left the main exhibit at a perfect time and went down to the basement where there was a speakeasy and we had a Distillery tour booked!The speakeasy had a great vibe and looked pretty authentic.We got taken into a hidden area for our tour which is where the distillery is.We were given some history, stories and information before trying some of the local wares. The Distillery makes moonshine, which we tasted at 100% proof. This was pretty strong but we didn’t mind the flavour.We then tried a vodka, which was good quality and very nice.After this, we had a cocktail made with moonshine, which had a lot of ginger and other spices in it. This was WAY too ginger-y for us, and just burned our tongues and throats.We then tried a fireball-esque drink which was quite nice.That was the end of the tour, but not the end of drinks!We got a drink each at the speakeasy bar. Curtis got an old fashioned and Kim an espresso martini.Curtis’ drink was fancy and came inside a book!

Pizza Hut

We left the speakeasy and went back to the room to relax a little.We relaxed for a little bit and then got hungry, so we walked for 30 minutes to get a Pizza Hut, but got a Lyft back.The pizza was pretty good!

Gambling (just a little)

We decided after dinner that we would try our hand at a little gambling.We went to a hotel and changed a $5 to 5 $1 notes, so we could bet a small amount only.We started on a 25c slot machine and won $1.10 on that before we moved on to a few $1 machines.

We used our $1.10 on the first $1 machine and won $15 on our first go on a $1 machine! We had a couple of $1 left, so we used them up but still walked away with $10 profit!Kim rewarded herself with a donut and then we headed back to get packing.We leave Vegas tomorrow, at least for now!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 77 – Day 2: Las Vegas,NV – 8 Year Anniversary, The Strip & Best Meal Ever

Breakfast

We got up at a decent(ish) time, but as we are in a hotel, we don’t have a kitchen, so we had to go out for breakfast.

We went to Denny’s for breakfast and each got some sausages, egg, bacon and Curtis got muffins whilst Kim got pancakes with hers.

Curtis had a few cups of coffee and then we left to head down to the strip.

The Strip

We got to the Mendeley Bay hotel where we got out and walked around.

Whilst we were in our Lyft, we were told that the mango margarita from a specific bar was good, so we went there to share one.

Once we had that, we walked around and looked at shops before we went outside and explored the rest of the strip.

We didn’t do anything really, just walked around looking at each restaurant and attraction.

We saw the big fountain by Bellagio and walked around a few hotels.

Manicure & Pedicure

We came back to the hotel and Curtis watched hockey. Whilst he did that, Kim got a manicure and pedicure as she has wanted one for a while.

Best Dinner Ever

As it was our 8 year anniversary, we found a nice restaurant to head to for dinner.

We got a couple of drinks before we went in and then were called in when our table was ready.

We had a booth which was lovely!

Firstly, our waiter, Miguel, was excellent. We got some free bread with a delicious tomato concoction.

We got steak tenderloin with mushrooms for a starter, which was actually a lot of food!

This starter was amazing, and then we moved to the main.

We had a 10oz Filet Mignon each, cooked medium rare, with the signature sauce, accompanied with white truffle oil whipped potato and asparagus with onion and balsamic.

This is the best meal, and steak, we have ever had. The steak was 30 day dry aged, butchered on site and is in the top 9% of all of the US beef.

This meal was great and we left incredibly full and very happy.


Andiamo Steakhouse | Las Vegas,NV

Rating:- 10/10


We went to bed right when we got back as it was 23:30!

We had a great time today as well as some great food. Who knows what happens tomorrow?


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 77 – Day 1: Las Vegas,NV 🇺🇸 – Vegas Early Night?!

Bus To Vegas

We were up nice and early to shower and get fully packed. We didn’t have breakfast as the plan was to have it at McDonald’s by the bus station.

We got to the McDonald’s and there was a really good breakfast deal, so we got that and then got to the bus terminal and ate.

Shortly after we finished eating, it was time to board the bus.

The bus wasn’t too full and we got seats together, which was good.

All in all, it was about a 5 hour (or so) journey. It was an uneventful journey, with a brief 30 minute stop in Barstow, California.

The rest of the journey was basically just desert.

Arriving in Vegas

We got to Vegas, incredibly tired, and it took us just 10 minutes to walk to the hotel.

We checked in and got to our room and relaxed, briefly. We have a pretty good view.

Walking Around Downtown

We are staying downtown, rather than on the strip. We walked around the downtown area in the day light to see what’s what and what’s where.

We saw a couple of ladies fighting, which seems like standard Vegas!

Pool

After we walked around, we started to get a bit tired, so we walked back to the hotel where we checked out the pool and decided to sit for a couple of hours, basking in the sun.

After the sun started to go in, we went back to the hotel room and relaxed, watching a bit of TV and then we accidentally fell asleep a little!

Dinner

We woke up and then went down to a place called Flock & Fowl.

We got to the place and sat down. It was quite dark but smelled good!

We got a few small snacks, rather than mains. We got a bao each, shared smashed cucumber, sweet and sour boneless chicken wings and delicious sweetcorn.

The food was just ok, nothing was incredible.


Flock & Fowl | Las Vegas,NV

Rating:- 5/10


Early Night

We were just so tired, so we walked around briefly to see what this place is like at night and then we got a hot chocolate and headed to bed.

We watched the film a simple favor which we really enjoyed actually!


A Simple Favor

Rating:- 9/10


We have some plans to actually do things tomorrow, it was just a shame we were so sleepy today!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale