Thursday, June 29, 2006

A Grand Experience- Las Vegas & Grand Canyon






















Last weekend was the final tour to Las Vegas and The Grand Canyon with my parents before they head out to the east coast next week. We managed to make the quickest 2 day trip to Vegas and GC. We took a 1 hour and 30 minute flight from San Jose to Vegas on Friday morning and checked into The Imperial Palace hotel on the casino strip area in Vegas. Afterwards, we walked to most of the nearby casions such as Cesar's Palace, Parisian, Aladin's place, Bellagio, The Mirage and the Flamingo. My parents who had already been exposed to the slot machine in Reno, tried their luck on the Vegas arena and won $5. But, we did lose a lot more than we had planned to play with.

Every time i visit Vegas, its a reveletion to me, the newness of the casinos, the interiors of the shopping malls and forum shops and the crazy crowd around you which makes you feel how far away from reality you are. Although i had warned my folks that the people in Vegas were a lot different from the cultured, quiet lot in the Silicon Valley, nevertheless, they were in for a shock. But, overall doing a Vegas trip once in a way, especially for those who come from another country shows them a very different side of US. Lastly, a piece of advice to all those planning a Vegas trip in June- the heat was indeed untolerable, going upto a 110, even if Chennaites are used to that sort of temperature, the blind direct heat of the desert in Vegas makes you think twice about travelling at this time of the year.

Our second day started with a day trip to the Grand Canyon in Arizona with stops at the Hoover dam, Kingman canyon and a few native Indian stores on the way. This was a tiring 5 hours up and down day trip to the GC from Vegas, but ended up being a worthwhile one. I loved the native indian jewellery, esp, the colored stones and sterling silver sets.

We spent about 2-3 hours at the South rim of the Grand Canyon and absolutely loved the beauty and color of the canyon. We walked for a while from the Mather point to the conservatory and rode the canyon shuttle bus to the canyon village shops and Bright Angel lodge.

Our bus tour to the Canyon was through a Chinese owned tour company that we've used for all the tours and trips to take my folks around and for a reasonable fee of $89 per person we were provided breakfast and lunch along with a great tour guide who knew the right places to stop.

A wonderful experience and a trip that i will remember for a long time inspite of the tedious journey.

9 comments:

Anand Prabhu said...

aaha..mitr..seems like u are having a gala time with ur parents :) thats cool.. enzooooi

Balaji said...

a Grand Canyon trip is always eye-opening. it shows us the meaning of the word HUGE! btw, whats this kingman canyon?

tt_giant said...

Glad you had a nice time!

I was in GC and LV in the month of July 3 years ago. Extreme heat!

Prasanna said...
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Prasanna said...

Grand Canyon, one of the awesome places in this world. I made a similar trip with my cousin in 2004 before I returned back to India. I had combined the Hoover Dam trip along with GC and LV. Actually I liked GC better than LV. Its such a fascinating place. I m sure ur next blog mite have pictures of The Statue of Liberty and Niagara. This is the right time to be there. Have a gala time with ur parents.

mitr_bayarea said...

Everbody:
Thanks for all your wishes.

Balaji- Kingman Canyon is on the way to GC located in Kingman, Arizona.

Prasanna- Yes, GC is definitely better than Vegas. You will have to wait for another month and a half to see pics of Niagara falls.

smiley said...

wow, looks like u had a great time at the grand canyon. i want to see it go right down to the bottom, atleast once in my life time :)
great snaps and on the way win a million in las vegas :) atleast in my dreams

Nyneishia said...

awesome gal :) Good for you all.. Glad u had a terrific time... I am still waiting to go to Las V and GC..

Ram.C said...

Grand Canyon..hmm... Intersting place to go on a tour. nice pics...