Las Vegas Travel Diary | Las Vegas Strip & The Grand Canyon


The last part of our California trip ended on a high as we headed from San Francisco city to the Nevada desert and the famous Las Vegas strip.

We touched down in Vegas for the last two days of our trip to be greeted with an eye watering 48 degree heat. After jumping in an Uber from the airport, we arrived at the amazing Mirage Hotel which would be our base for a few nights before we headed back home. The Mirage is one of the main hotels on the Las Vegas strip, and was unlike any hotel I have ever stayed in before. I was blown away at the opulence of it all. The lobby alone was more like an airport lounge than a hotel, filled with fountains, trees and golden statues. We headed through the lively casino and took the lift up to the 21 floor to our room. I was really impressed with our room, The Mirage was one of the cheaper hotels on the strip so I wasn’t expecting much but our room was large, comfortable and had everything we needed.

The unexpected bonus was the pretty awesome view of the strip and Nevada desert from our bedroom window.



Our hotel was at the opposite end of the strip to the Las Vegas sign and we made the mistake of trying to walk all the way up it on the first night. The heat was overwhelming, so we turned back half way and spent the night inside. Luckily you can easily walk from one hotel to another along the strip often without stepping outside, so this is how we spent most of the time exploring from then on. We certainly didn’t miss out though, as the hotels were just as extravagant inside as they were out.



The next morning we woke early and headed to the local airbase for a helicopter tour of The Grand Canyon with Viator. We were picked up by a limo and escorted in style with fellow flyers. I was a little shaky before the flight but as soon as we took off I felt safe, secure and excited for our trip across the canyon. We flew with four other people and although we sat in the rear seats on the way there, the pilot moved us around so we had front row seats on the way back. It took around forty minutes to get to the landing site within the Canyon, where we stopped for breakfast and took in the breathtaking views.






Although a bit of a splurge, the tour was worth every penny and was the perfect way to end our California trip.

We touched back down on the strip before 10am and spent the rest of the day by the pool in our hotel. We ended the day catching an Uber to the Las Vegas sign after our failed attempt on the first night. There was a small queue when we got there and we noticed there was a photographer taking photos, but we just asked the couple in front of us to take ours to avoid paying. Our flight was early the next morning and although a quick two days it was enough to take in the sights Vegas had to offer. One thing I do regret not seeing was the downtown area of Vegas, we heard good things about the vibes and if we ever get to go back I would make sure we headed down there one night.


What a fantastic end to our dream trip.

If you would like to read more about our trip around California, check out my LA diary here and my San Francisco diary here.

Have you ever been to Vegas, I would love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. August 28, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    Oh wow that helicopter ride looks insane!!! I’m so excited about planning our trip, really really hoping we get there next year!

    • anna
      August 28, 2017 / 7:35 pm

      It was such a highlight! Ohh yes I hope you do too, looking forward to following your travels!


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