Travelling to USA

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Okay first things first, how long are you going to be in Vegas and the surrounding area for?

It is a pretty long trip up to the grand canyon, around a five or six hour drive from what I recall. I drove there, but then stayed in at town called Williams overnight which is about 90 minutes from the south rim. The driving is really quite ready as long as you're in an automatic car. One thing I do remember is that mobile phone reception is pretty poor, so make sure you download maps or get a sat nav before heading out if you do choose to drive. As a tip for Vegas, the shows really are good if you like to take in that kind of thing.

Where are you staying in Vegas?
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Thanks Fredraw. =)

I only really have five full days in Vegas. We're staying at the Paris hotel. I have driven in the US before, automatics are easy enough once you get over trying not to change gears... but it's been a while... I'm looking at getting a plane/helicopter tour out to the south rim anyway and spend the entire day there and then get flown back so I think that's ok.
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The helicopter trip will be a great way to do it. It's really not a drive you want to do it in one day. The walk along the south rim is fantastic. You can hike from the visitor centre and go pretty big distance. There are buses that take you back to the visitor centre, so check out the stops, you don't have to walk the whole way back. Hopefully the weather should be fairly decent, but it does get really cold as the sun goes down. Don't get caught out by that.

The one good thing we found with the drive is that we were able to incorporate a few hours drive through the Joshua Tree National Park, which was pretty cool.

Not sure about the hoover dam as we didn't go there. In any case of you do drive the only thing to remember if you pick up an automatic is to not allow your left leg to do anything. If that means sitting on your foot or putting a diving boot on it then do be it.

The Paris hotel looks pretty cool, so that should be fun. There's some nice places to eat and drink in Vegas if you're into that. One I would recommend is the Wynn buffet. Lunch or dinner. I think the buffet is about 40 dollars per person for lunch and 50 dollars for dinner, but if you go take a huge appetite with you. Nice to get good value for money.

If you're planning on a little flutter then some of the more upmarket casinos can be a little expensive. Many will start at 10 dollars a hand for blackjack. There are some though that have 5 dollar hands. I mention blackjack because for me it is the best way to gamble cheaply. While you are day at the tables you will typically be given free drinks. It's good to tip the servers about a dollar a drink.

When it comes to the upmarket hotels a few of them can be good to walk around, just for the impressive decor. I like the Venetian and Caesars palace. Try to catch the Bellagio fountains, they are really good to see.

If you want any other tips, do shout and I'll advise the best I can.
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That's a really good point about the cold in the evening. I've heard temperatures can be quite different between day and night.

My big problem with driving automatic in this country is not my left foot, but more that my left hand keeps wanting to chance gear and so keeps knocking the car out of drive and into neutral. =/ I'll be fine driving the car, I think. It's just all the extra stuff like specific road rules and on the other side and unfamiliar roads, etc.

I'm not sure I know how to play blackjack...

Definitely going to be checking out the other hotels, especially the Bellagio fountains and they also have a Chihuly glass display in the conservatory there at the moment.

Thanks for all the advice!
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nonperson wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:29 pm
That's a really good point about the cold in the evening. I've heard temperatures can be quite different between day and night.

My big problem with driving automatic in this country is not my left foot, but more that my left hand keeps wanting to chance gear and so keeps knocking the car out of drive and into neutral. =/ I'll be fine driving the car, I think. It's just all the extra stuff like specific road rules and on the other side and unfamiliar roads, etc.

I'm not sure I know how to play blackjack...

Definitely going to be checking out the other hotels, especially the Bellagio fountains and they also have a Chihuly glass display in the conservatory there at the moment.

Thanks for all the advice!
You're welcome any time.
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Tickets all booked. =)
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Woohoo. Well done np!
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Well done for getting that sorted!
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Thanks. Only took me nearly a year. Just got everything else to sort out now, argh. =/
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Doesn't matter how long it took you, it still got done. What else is left to do?
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