USA Grand Circle

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Joel Fulleda

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This is not? was our first trip to the so-called "red parks", or the natural parks between Arizona, Utah and Nevada.
Back in 2009 we made our first OTR in America, visiting the classic parks: Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion, Bryce Canyon; and cities: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco.

In 2019, we decided to retrace some of these milestones, and fill in some serious gaps, such as Arches and Capitol Reef. We have combined some great classics with more destinations? unusual, leaving out where possible the most? popular, in favor of smaller but equally mind-blowing attractions. For example, we chose the Grand Canyon North Rim instead of the South Rim, and the Secret canyon instead of the crowded Antelope.

I created an itinerary mainly focused on trekking, giving ample space and time to the natural parks. In fact, in the end we did 2500 km by car, and a good 200 km on foot. We were also helped by perfect weather: no rain, constant wind, and temperatures that hardly exceeded 25 ?.

As always, some destinations were far beyond expectations, for example White Pocket, while with other attractions, like Capitol Reef, they didn't? just took the spark. We enjoyed the less crowded parks, while we did more. struggling to digest the large amount? of people at Bryce and Zion.

In general, compared to our visit in 2009, we have noticed a large increase in the number of visitors, unfortunately often at the expense of quality. visits, food, and accommodation. And obviously the costs, which have definitely risen compared to 10 years ago.

Is it a trip that I recommend to everyone, even to those who are not familiar? with the USA. Not ? tiring in terms of driving, and very satisfying for the eyes, with all those natural wonders. Obviously, it takes a bit of luck with the weather.

The best period are the mid-seasons, between April and June and then September and October, to avoid crowds.

1 day

We leave Milan in the direction of Las Vegas, with a long stopover in London. I'm always terrified of losing the connection, so? I tend to buy flights with more stopovers? long. We booked with British Airways not without some perplexities, mainly due to Brexite and the numerous strikes.

In fact, before the departure they changed us more? times the flight operators, but fortunately not? pi? nothing happened n? close to the start, n? during the trip. The only problem was the slow procedures at Malpensa, due to the closure of Linate.

We land in Las Vegas at approximately 19.30pm local time. We collect our car, a comfortable and spacious SUV, at the Avis headquarters, and we immediately head to our hotel, near the airport, chosen because? We're leaving early in the morning, and we didn't want to spend the astronomical sums of the Strip on a night we knew we wouldn't enjoy.

2 day

Jet lag strikes, as always, and at 6 we are already? in the breakfast room, ready to go on our adventure.
After purchasing the necessary for the OTR (water, gatorade, sandwiches, snacks and above all the polystyrene fridge) we head towards our first destination: the Valley of Fire.

The Valley of Fire? a state park in Nevada, therefore it can be visited only with payment of the entrance ticket, even if you have an annual park card. The cost ? $ 10 per vehicle.
A patch of fiery red earth, with a single asphalt road crossing it, and several trekking paths.

We choose the path for the Fire Wave, one of the most? popular. 2km round trip to see a multicolored rock wave, very beautiful. Too bad it's very hot, over 30? in the Nevada desert.
We give up the other paths we had planned, such as the one for White Domes, and we limit ourselves to taking the panoramic road, stopping at the various points of interest.

The only other walk we allow ourselves? to Pink Canyon, a short 1km trail in a narrow canyon with smooth pink sandstone walls.

We finish the scenic route by car, seeing all the other viewpoints, especially the Elephant Rock, a rock that, seen from a particular angle, looks like an elephant.

The afternoon ? entirely dedicated to moving to the Grand Canyon North Rim, where we arrive about an hour late due to some road works.
We don't have time to enjoy the sunset, but the view from the Lodge, the only hotel / restaurant in the area for at least 100 km,? truly remarkable.
After dinner, we go out to take some suggestive shots at night, and then return to our cabin in the woods, characteristic but paid for in gold due to the location.

3 day

We still take advantage of the jet lag and leave very early, to admire the sunrise at Bright Angel Point, the most panoramic point? close to the Lodge, just 1 km away, along a simple and paved path, suitable for everyone.
The atmosphere? magical, especially why? we are only three people to enjoy the show. The Grand Canyon, despite being our third visit, never fails to amaze.

The North Rim? similar and at the same time different from the South Rim, the side of the Grand Canyon more? visited. To begin with, it does more? cold and we are more? above, at about 2500 meters. Furthermore, the canyon does not extend horizontally, with large panoramic spaces, but? rather branched, an extension of the rock headlands of the Colorado Plateau. The canyon here? pi? hidden, to be discovered.
Its salient feature? loneliness. Here we don't have to elbow to take home a shot.

We continue along the Cape Royal Road. Cape Royal? our first goal, a lookout point at the end of a trail (trekking path) once again simple and well maintained, suitable for everyone. The panorama sweeps over rock formations such as Wotans Throne, Vishnu Temple, and Freya Castle. In the distance, with a good eye? You can locate the Desert View Lookout Tower on the South Rim.

The other trail today? the one for Cape Final, pi? challenging with its 6 km and a discreet difference in height of about 150 meters. At the end of the route, the Canyon envelops us in all its majesty, with a 180 degree view of Jupiter Temple and the Colorado Plateau.

We finish the scenic route stopping at the other points of interest, what for? they do not arouse in us the same admiration as those we have just seen. Maybe why? we earned the other views by walking.

It is now 15 pm when we set out for Kanab, which we reach around 18 pm due to the change of time (Utah in the summer is an hour ahead of Arizona.

4 day

The day today? entirely dedicated to a very special excursion, towards White Pocket. A semi-unknown northern Arizona attraction, which indeed for us too? was a bit of a replacement.
We would have liked to visit The Wave, an area of ​​red rock with particular "wave" effects. Unfortunately, The Wave? can only be visited with a lottery online or on the spot (with great waste of time), and we have not been able to get a ticket. For this, we opted for White Pocket, which does not require any special permission.

Since? the attraction? two hours by car, almost all on dirt, we rely on Dreamland Safari, a local tour operator. We are a group of only 5 tourists, and our guide Steve accompanies us throughout the day inside this particular natural area characterized by multiform and multicolored sandstone rocks.
crusts of a blinding white cover the interior of red rock, with streaks that make it seem composed of soft whipped cream. The panoramic views are incredible, and it really feels like being on another planet.
In this area there are also some pictograms made by the native population several centuries ago.

When Steve takes us back to Kanab, we leave immediately for Page, our destination for tomorrow morning visits.
Along the way, we stop for a quick visit to Toadstoool Hoodoos, a very simple trail of about 2 km a / r to see the hoodoos, or spikes of rock topped by a granite dome. for this you calling Toadstool, what else not? if not the classic red and white poisonous mushroom. There is nothing poisonous in these rocks which, indeed, are the perfect attraction for children to stretch their legs, for those traveling with the family.

5 day

The day starts very early, even before having breakfast are we already? to the parking lot of Horseshoe Bend, the iconic horseshoe-shaped inlet of the Colorado River.
Did we already have it? seen in 2009 and, thanks to the crowd and the suboptimal light, the wow effect does not take place. Sar? also that, in the course of these 10 years, we have seen many other wonders on American soil.

After returning to the hotel for breakfast and checkout, at 9am we leave for the visit of the Secret Canyon. as I said in the intro, we preferred this to the pi? popular Antelope, which we already had? visited in 2009. The type of canyon? the same, a narrow street between high walls of pink sandstone that close in vault, letting just a thread of light pass. We unfortunately did not arrive at the time pi? appropriate, that is? around noon, when the sun's rays filter through the cracks in the ceiling, creating magical effects to say the least. On the other hand, we can enjoy the canyon in total solitude, which is impossible at Antelope. It's me, Davide, and another lady.

The tour ends at 12, and we immediately move to Monument Valley, where we arrive at 15.30 because, again, we lose an hour of time zone. Monument Valley? in the middle? between Utah and Arizona, but adopts the first time.
First we check in our cabin with a view, what is it? cost an arm and a leg, but the show is worth every penny.

We immediately take the loop road, a dirt road of about 16 miles that runs along the floor of the valley, in the middle of huge red rocks that seem to have been placed there? from the hand of man. This ? the west par excellence, a place that everyone wants to visit at least once in their life.
Too bad that, compared to 2009, even here there is much more? people, and the natives have equipped themselves accordingly, with souvenir stalls and unlikely farms for children. At John Ford point, a poor horse spends the day in the sun while tourists climb on it to take a souvenir photo. Terrible.
There? it does not hurt, however, the wonderful panorama that we have in front of us, of real rock monuments in the middle of nowhere.

We finish just before sunset, which we enjoy from the parapet of the parking lot. Sunset ? magical, why? the sun goes down right behind us, illuminating the three main mesas with a thousand warm shades.
After dinner, once dark has fallen, we go back outside, equipped with a flashlight, to try and take some night shots. Which does not come very well, but on the other hand we enjoy an extraordinary starry sky, complete with a moon that rises just behind the mesa.

6 day

We get up before dawn to go and admire Monument Valley even at this time of day.
Dawn is not? as beautiful as the sunset, why? the sun rises behind the Mesas, which are always backlit.

We get back in the car, our destination for the day will be? Moab, where we will stay three nights. Along the way, however, we must visit the famous "Mexican Hat Triptych", three beautiful natural attractions: Gooseneck State Park, Muley Point, Valley of the Gods.

First of all, however, we do not miss the photo from Forrest Gump Point, along UT-163, the point where Forrest Gump stops running and says "I'm a little tired".

We enter Utah, what will it be? our home for next week, and let's start with the Mexican Hat, a spike of rock that gives? the name of the city? where it is located. Its shape? very particular, being surmounted by a kind of hat, which makes it look like a Mexican taking a siesta.

First we visit Gooseneck State Park (admission $ 7), where the San Juan River produces two horseshoe-shaped loops, dug in depth. in the soft rock.
the show ? remarkable, but the $ 7 ticket? a bit expensive, considering that there is no? much more to do.

We resume the UT-261 towards the north-west, taking the dirt road Moky Dugway, a fun stretch of tight hairpin bends, where you must be very careful due to the lack of the guard rail.
From here, a well-maintained dirt road leads to Muley Point, the most beautiful viewpoint. beautiful of the American West. The Utah desert appears as far as the eye can see. Below us, the Gooseneck, and Monument Valley can be seen on the horizon.

We go down and take another dirt road, the one that runs through the interior of the Valley of the Gods. Be careful on dirt roads, why? the insurance does not cover in the event of accidents or damage to the car occurring on dirt roads.
The Valley of the Gods? a kind of Monument Valley in miniature, you always drive between immense fiery red pinnacles, with the most shapes and names. bizarre. It's a free attraction, at least for the moment.

In the afternoon we limit ourselves to the long journey to Moab, always interspersed with numerous road works, which in the USA are never lacking.

7 day

Let's start our exploration of the natural wonders around Moab with Arches National Park, the area with the greatest concentration of natural arches in the entire United States.
The reason lies in the type of rock, which erodes in layers, creating semicircles of stone. Over time, the inside of the semicircle also empties, giving way to the arch.

Let's start immediately with the main attraction, the Landscape Arch, very famous why? ? a real arch, not supported by walls.
The walking route? 2 miles a / r, but the outward journey? all uphill and, with the heat, can? be very tiring. We are not affected, why? ? early morning and c '? an excellent temperature. We get to the arch, what? beautiful even if the best light? in the afternoon. It is much more? large than what is expected, and c '? already? a queue of tourists who want to take their picture under the arch.
If you want to see it in the best light, you have to visit it at sunset, but beware of the crowds, the heat, and returning in the dark.

We move to the Devil's Garden area, at the far end? north of the park, where we take another trail, which has the Landscape Arch as its main attraction. a very wide and very thin arch, incredible that it is still standing, perfect to see in the morning why? ? lit directly. This path? pi? simple, and you can also admire other arches: Pine Tree and Tunnel Arch. If you want to continue to Navajo Arch and Double O Arch, the path becomes more? tiring and uphill. We didn't feel it.

We have a quick lunch in a picnic area, and then we go to see other arches: Skyline Arch, San Dune Arch, Broken Arch, Tapestry Arch. Some of these are already visible. from the street, for others? it is necessary to walk along the simple trekking paths.

In the afternoon we move to the "windows" section, where there are still other arches, including the two called windows. They are next to each other and, from a distance, they almost look like a mask, with glasses and a nose. Behind them, the Turret Arch, a vertical arch. On the other side of the parking lot we go to see the Double Arch, with a double cross arch.

We're done with the arches, but we still have the Park Avenue area left, so? call why? the trail descends into a valley flanked by tall, pointed rock escarpments, as if we were in downtown Manhattan, surrounded by red rock skyscrapers.

We return to Moab exhausted, in time for dinner.

8 day

Today we move to another national park, Canyonlands. I'm a bit doubtful, why? almost everyone who comes here does so to take the Potash Road, a long dirt road that connects Moab with the park. We do not want to do it, why? ? too long and not well maintained, and we are afraid of having accidents not covered by insurance. For this, I fear that you will not find? a lot to do in the park, but will I be wrong? big.

First, however, the Corona Arch awaits us, a stone arch located outside the Arches National Park. To get there, from Moab we take UT-279 along the Colorado River to the parking lot.
The trail? one mile long each way, and d? very beautiful and panoramic. it follows the river for a while, then crosses the railway and climbs into the canyon, with uncovered sections. It's a lot of fun to walk around, and the Corona Arch? even more? beautiful and imposing of the arches seen in the national park.

We get to Canyonlands in the middle? morning, and we go immediately to the most? to the south, Grand View Point. The view leaves you speechless,? from dizziness. Before our eyes and below us, a boundless expanse of gaps in the ground and pinnacles as if a giant hand had scratched the earth. We are truly in the land of canyons!
Along the path of about 3,5 km a / r, you arrive at an even more panoramic point? beautiful, immense open spaces as far as the eye can see, rocks of every color and shape, it seems impossible that the city? is only 50 km.

We have lunch in the picnic area of ​​the White Rim trail and then we walk this too, as the temperature allows it. The length of the trail? more and more? or less one mile each way. The views never cease to amaze. From here we are looking east, real moab. The gash in the ground? on our right, Potash Road can be seen from here, putting the real extent of the canyons into perspective. To our left, land and red rocks as far as the eye can see.

Moving to the other side of the park, we take the Upheaval Dome Road, where there are other viewpoints and hiking trails. We unfortunately do not have more? a long time, and we have to continue by car. The views from here do not strike us as much as the previous ones, so? we retrace our steps to see the Green River Overlook. This, yes, leaves us speechless. The river can be glimpsed between the high walls of the canyon that he himself dug over the centuries.

The last stop? Mesa Arch, famous for its spectacular sunrises, with the sun rising just below the arch. We are here in the afternoon, but the view? however impressive, boundless.
Before leaving, we stop at the Shafer Trail Viewpoint, from which? It is possible to admire the vertiginous hairpin bends of the Potash Road, which we have decided not to take.

Canyonlands? was, without a doubt, the big surprise of our vacation.

Before returning to Moab, we stop at Dead Horse Point State Park. Being a state park, we have to pay the entrance fee of $ 20 per vehicle. It is valid all day, but I still consider it disproportionate to what the park offers. What is, basically, a vantage point. Several viewpoints, to be exact. Which are wonderful, nothing to say, but $ 20 is a lot. Dead Horse Point State Park? famous for its fiery sunsets over the canyon carved by the Clorado, for the view over the blue potash pools that give the Potash Road its name, and why? here? shot the final scene of Thelma and Louise, when the girls end up in the canyon with their car.

9 day

We leave Moab reluctantly and set off for Capirol Reef, a Utah national park often overlooked by trips to the American West.

First, however, we stop at Gobln Valley State Park. Again, we're talking about a state park, so we have to pay the $ 15 entrance fee. This park? the "P? big disappointment of the holiday. It consists of an esplanade dotted with many stone mushrooms, like in a Smurf village. e The trekking path indicated on the official map does not lead anywhere, it only follows the dry bed of a stream, and it makes us lose almost an hour, why? ? difficult to follow and to find the exit we have to climb, sometimes sinking into the soft ground.

The valley? nice, but definitely not worth the $ 15 spent, there are far better attractions, included in the annual park pass. If we think that with $ 80 you buy a pass to visit all the national parks for a whole year, the depoportion? even more? evident.

We arrive at Capitol Reef at lunchtime, we will spend the afternoon here. The Fruita area? absolutely the pi? beautiful park. We are in a green valley full of orchards, from which? You can pick the fruit and eat it right now. Gifford House is right in the middle of it, and sells huge fresh fruit tarts that are out of this world. This was a Mormon settlement, and there are still some buildings, such as the barns and the blacksmith's workshop. It seems to be in a bucolic tale, only the peasants passing by with the cart are missing.

We drive along the Scenic Drive, a dead end road of about 13 km, from which several trekking paths wind. After the usual photos of the red rock escarpment that gives? the name of the park, we choose the Capitol Gorge Trail, 6 km flat along the dry stream bed. Looking up at the smooth rock wall, you can see the inscriptions left over time by the various explorers of the area. At the end of the path, going up a little you can see some pools of water.

Let's go back to the Fruita area, unfortunately we don't have time to take the other path I would have liked, the Cohab Canyon, from which they say there are splendid views of the orchards. We just go to see the curious pictograms of the natives on the rock walls that flank the Fremont River, and then we go to see the warm colors of the sunset at the Sunset Point and Gooseneck Overlook viewpoints. From here, the view extends over the entire park, and over the narrow and deep bends of Sulfur Creek, with more? of a point overlooking the canyon.

Our hotel? in Torrey, and unfortunately we won't have time to go back to the park tomorrow.

10 day

We leave Capitol Reef with a little bitter taste in the mouth. With the park not? sparked off, but I'm afraid it's because of the tight time we had available.

We walk along the UT-12, one of the most? beautiful scenic roads of the USA. We drive between breathtaking views, beautiful valleys and high peaks (1800 meters at the highest point).
Shortly after the town of Boulder begins the Hogback, a stretch of road without guardrail, on the top of a narrow plateau overlooking the Escalante National Monument.
We leave the road, and continue on foot for the long trekking path that leads to the Lower Calf Crek Falls. Path ? flat, but 4,5 km long each way. Not ? challenging, but the blazing sun makes it quite tiring. Fatigue amply rewarded by the beautiful waterfalls, set among the rock in a rainbow of colors, from yellow to green to blue.
We have a snack here, enjoying the cool breeze among the trees.

We stop for lunch at the Kiva Koffeehouse, a bar with a spectacular panoramic view of the Escalante.
We continue along the panoramic road, stopping to photograph the most? beautiful of this rocky landscape so? particular, with a thousand colors, regretting not having dedicated more? time in this region.

As we get closer to Bryce Canyon, the landscape changes and gets bigger. mountain, and you begin to see the typical pink sandstone rocks that characterize the region.

Bryce Canyon? for us a pleasant return, having it already? visited 10 years ago. for this reason, instead of throwing us immediately in the pi? visited, the so-called "amphitheater", we go along the less traveled panoramic road, which leads to the most? wilderness of the park. Agua Canyon, Ponderosa Canyon, Rainbow Point .. these are some of the panoramic points we see. Surely they are not as spectacular as the main ones, this is why? the concentration of hoodoos, the pinnacles of rock, here? lower than the amphitheater. Even the weather, cold and cloudy, isn't it? on our side.
Now, however, we can say that we have seen Bryce Canyon in its entirety!

The sunset does not give satisfactions, but in the evening the sky opens, and we take the opportunity to return to the park to admire the stars.

11 day

We start before dawn, which we want to see from the homonymous point, Sunrise Point. Obviously, we all had the same idea. There? a big crowd and we're a little late, so? we have to give up placing the tripod, and settle for some stolen shot between the shoulders of who? positioned well before us.
Regardless of the congestion, sunrise at Bryce Canyon? a spectacle of nature. The sun hits the hoodos directly, setting them on fire in all imaginable shades of orange and pink, with a theatrical effect.

After having had a hearty and hot breakfast, we return to Sunrise Point to begin the path more? challenge of the day: Queen's Garden and Navajo Loop. They are two paths, which for? of intersect at the base, and can be combined for a total distance of about 6 km. It starts from Sunrise Point and arrives at Sunset Point, or vice versa.
We choose the first option, and start the trail, taking much longer? of the due why? we take photos of the panorama all the time. From below, the Hoodoos are incredibly imposing, and their colors look fake. It seems to walk in a fairy village (the Italian name of the hoodoos, in fact, is "fairy chimneys")

The area more? beautiful ? when the Navajo Loop begins, and you go up the amphitheater in a series of strenuous hairpin bends. This part is aptly called "The Wall".

Once back at the edge of the canyon, we take the walk that connects the two viewpoints. You need to know that at Bryce Canyon? It is possible to follow the entire route of the amphitheater with a comfortable paved path, and that the main panoramic points are connected with a free shuttle. The park ? therefore usable also by those with low mobility? or travel with seniors and children.

The last vantage point? Faryland Point, from which a beautiful trail starts, what for? ? also very demanding, are more? of 10 km with an altitude difference of 500 meters.

We leave Bryce Canyon for the last national park of this vacation, the Zion National Park, this too already? visited in 2009. The Zion was virtually unknown until a few years ago, and? then rose to the limelight thanks to (or because of) social networks like Instagram, which have spread its beauties all over the world, and now everyone wants to visit it.
Unfortunately, however, the park is not? cos? easily usable as can? be the Bryce Canyon or the Grand Canyon. It is, in fact, the Virgin River valley, squeezed between the sides of the mountains. In the summer, can you? take the panoramic road only with the shuttle, or on foot / by bike. The car must be left either at the Visitor Center (if there is room), or in the adjacent Springfield, for the modest sum of $ 20. All of this? considerably extends the visit themes. The shuttle takes 40 minutes from the Visitor Center to the Temple of Sinawava, plus waiting times and a possible shuttle from Springfield to the park.

But let's go step by step. We arrive at the park from the beautiful UT-89, another Utah scenic route, and, before entering Springfield, we walk the beautiful Canyon Overlook trail, only 1km uphill, which leads to a spectacular viewpoint over the valley and on Springfield.

The long, busy Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel takes us to downtown Springfield. We decide to go straight to the hotel, and leave there? the car to start the visit of the park. We immediately notice that people? really a lot. We would have liked to do more? paths, but times get longer due to long waits, and we must necessarily limit ourselves to the one for the Lower Emerald Pool.
In addition, several trails are closed due to a series of landslides that occurred during the summer.
The path ? short and simple, but a bit disappointing, why? the emerald pools are all but emerald. They are pools of rather dirty and stagnant water, they tell us nothing.

Fortunately, from the garden of the hotel we can enjoy a truly unforgettable sunset.

12 day

Today we do the last hiking trail of the holiday, what for? sar? even the pi? challenging. This is the famous Angel's Landing, 9 km a / r, with a difference in height of about 600 meters, all one way. In practice, the first leg? all uphill, with uncovered sections where you have to climb holding onto the chains.

Alas, many underestimate this path, and get into quite dangerous situations why? they don't have the physical preparation to carry it out. Furthermore, this path is not? suitable for those suffering from vertigo, due to the overhanging point.

We lose about an hour to get to the entrance of the path, at the "The Grotto" shuttle stop. Luckily it's 9.30, and what about the temperature? fresh. It takes us about 1 hour and twenty to reach the summit. The first part of the path? tiring but simple, while in the second part you have to pay close attention, especially because of the many people. You create real queues, and you have to go to shifts that why? the practicable path? strict.
Once at the top, however, we not only enjoy a breathtaking view, but we also have the great satisfaction of having made it. We are overlooking the Virgin River, on a spike of rock, a view that sends shivers down your spine.
When we are now back to the parking lot, we see many people now walking down the path. It's 12.30 and it's almost 30 degrees, I don't think these people will make it to the top.

There would still be many things to see at the Zion, but unfortunately we don't have any. the time n? the desire, we are really tired, and so? we go back to the hotel and take the car back to our last stop, the city? of sin. Las Vegas, here we come!

Having taken possession of our room at the Park MGM (former Montecarlo hotel), we immediately go to dinner at the Buffet of the Bellagio hotel.
We don't waste a lot of time visiting hotels, for me this? the third step, while David? even on the fourth visit.

After dinner, even if very tired, we do not miss a country evening at Glley's Saloon on Treasure Island.

13 day

A brief but necessary digression on Las Vegas: the Strip, or the central street, which connects the major hotels,? much more? longer than it looks. For example, from Mandalay Bay to Treasure Island there are 4 km, to which you will have to add all the km that you travel inside the hotels, which are very large and dispersed. Don't underestimate this aspect and use the free shuttles where possible to save yourself some walking distance. The use of the car? not recommended, but if you want you can use the bus.

Today and tomorrow will be two days of relaxation. Let's start with a buffet breakfast at the far away Mirage, which breakfast will be enough for us? until dinner. After this, let's go to see the famous flamingos of the Flamingo hotel.
In the afternoon, Davide and I share our paths. He has a good time between the swimming pool and the gym in the hotel, while I go shopping and a few rides on the New York hotel carousel.

Are we reunited in the middle? afternoon to go to see the beautiful Titanic exhibition at the Luxor hotel, where? guarded, among other finds, a piece of the hull of the ill-fated ocean liner. The rest of the ship? destined to disappear in the depths? of the Atlantic, eaten by algae and bacteria.

We have dinner at Gordon Ramsay's Burger Bar, and then another country night, also at Treasure Island's Gilley's Saloon.

14 day

Last day of a relaxing holiday. After the hearty breakfast at Mandalay Bay we move to the hotel pool, from which we emerge halfway through. afternoon.
We take a shopping trip along the strip, have dinner at the Cheesecake Factory at Caesar's Palace, and then move on to the Grand MGM, where we booked the Cirque di Soleil Zumanity show.

We chose this why? it was the cheapest. It is the show in a "sexy" version, with less acrobatics and more? moments of hilarity? thanks to the nice drag queen. While not at the level of other Cirque shows, we have a lot of fun.

Unfortunately even this intense holiday? when it's over, we'll have the plane at noon tomorrow, which means we'll have to leave the hotel and Las Vegas in the morning.

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