This post is part of the YAY IN THE USA series. Las Vegas is the fifth of seven legs in our travels.
And so marked the slow return back to reality, as we crossed the (technically) halfway point in our journey, I have a problem with this leg of the trip though. Actually I have two:
- I'm not sure if I would consider having "travelled" to any of the places we visited in this leg, because we mostly were just passing through.
- Did we actually have to make a stop at St George, Utah? Originally we planned the stop to help break up the drive... but we really could have headed on to Las Vegas, stay the night, wander for a bit, and catch the flight out the next day.
Much road. So drive. Many wow.
We also didn't quite make the planned trip up to the Kolob Canyons because the roads were icy and god forbid anyone should expect too much of an Elantra. Nearly everything at the Zion National Park was also closed due to the heavy rains and winds. However, on the up side, we saw snow. Like, lots of snow.
Above: Zion National Park
So, after a good night's sleep in a really comfortable bed (thank you
Holiday Inn, St George
), we calculated that the only way we could make it for our flight was to do the drive out to Las Vegas before daybreak. Which made for this one amazing photo:
Heading back in the direction of the West Coast also helped with moving the clock back as we passed state lines (and timezones) through to Nevada. We arrived within the city just a little past 9am, and managed a stop by the
Seven Magic Mountains
(...monument?)... and waited too long for the right moment when tourists were out of shot.
You won't believe how long it took to get this shot.
Long enough to take these photos, that's how long.
When we finally arrived in Las Vegas, we sadly worked out that we had two hours to spare. Now, in Vegas, there are a few common understandings of things that you should do:
- Experience the neon lights of Vegas at night.
- Watch a show also at night.
- Experience the nightlife, drink a little too much alcohol (but still responsibly), again at night.
i.e. What are we doing here at daytime?!
Remember when I first mentioned how well we planned the itinerary for this trip? Well, maybe this bit of it could've been planned a little better.
That said, we're here, and @handmadelove decided we might as well make a whirlwind tour of what Vegas is known for - the strip. Can it be done in two hours? Yeah, you bet.
Then we returned the Elantra (you served us well... but boy you were a terrible drive) and boarded our flight headed for San Francisco.So made it through Las Vegas, we did. We wouldn't recommend doing what we did - it's probably not all too good for the nerves (or for anyone's mental health...), but hey, at least we can tell everyone that we've been to Vegas... right?
Postscript: Time spent in St George, Utah - 1 night Time spent in Las Vegas, Nevada - 2 hours (?)