I was lucky enough that my parents and brother were able to travel to the states with me. We were to embark on a road trip that would take us through Las Vegas, Arizona and finally into Utah.
The Plan of action was this,
Las Vegas, NZ
Park City, UT
We started our journey with two days in Las Vegas, mostly to sleep off the jet lag before we hit the road. We stayed in the Venetian which was out of this world, with enough sites inside to keep most people entertained for half a day! The hotel had a replica of the Grand Canal both, inside and outside, with a ceiling filled with blue sky and a scattering of clouds to match. Along the Canal were an assortment of shops and restaurants, leaving a lot of choice of dinner!
For someone who is on the cusp of 21, there was actually a lot of do here. The hotels were destinations in themselves, providing entertainment for us whilst we tried to fight the need to sleep. However, having now experienced it, I can't say that I would jump at the chance to go back. It's a place where consumerism is king and I saw a lot of people who had fallen on hard times because of it. I think we were all ready to start the road trip!
We took a quick stop off at Hoover Dam, which was an amazing site, not only the dam but the stunning scenery surrounding it. We took a tour of the inside of the dam as well as walked the length of it. I think what I found the most interesting was the level of the water in late Powell. Due to the drought in the area, the water line had severely decreased, leaving a prominent line which was really alarming. The tour guide said it would take four years of constant rain to bring the lake back up to full capacity again. Our trip took a downhill turn here for my Dad however, when he managed to forget his sunglasses in the security check for the Dam. He consequently spent the next two weeks sunglasses less.
On our arrival into Flagstaff the desert landscape turned into large leafy pine trees and forest and mountains. It was a stark contrast to Las Vegas! With this change also came a change in weather. Flagstaff greeted us with rain and thunderstorms, however, our little condo which would become our home for the next three nights was nice and cosy.
In the first three days of our trip we had travelled in two states and seen both the beauty of man and nature. The next two weeks had a strong start to follow but things only got better...