April 2013 archive
For spring break this year, my family and I took a trip to Las Vegas, Sedona, and the Grand Canyon. We had a ton of fun so I thought I’d share a little bit more about our trip beside what I wore (1, 2, 3).
Las Vegas, Nevada:
We spent two days in Vegas – the first was spent just exploring the hotels and on the second day, we ventured out a little more. My favorite hotels were the Venetian, the Bellagio, and Caesar’s Palace (just look at that pool!). We stayed in the Excalibur, but the smell of cigarette smell was so overwhelming, I wouldn’t exactly recommend it.
We visited the Secret Garden at the Mirage to see dolphins showing off their tricks and very sleepy tigers and lions, which was actually really enjoyable. My brothers and I rode the roller coaster at the New York, New York hotel. It was a ton of fun and I wish we had bought the all day pass instead of just the single tickets because we would have gone back again and again!
We also spent an afternoon racing professional go-karts, which was really fun even though my entire family came in last (speed demons, we are not). We also saw V, a family-friendly variety show, and I personally loved all of the acts, although the guys in my family were slightly less impressed by the a capella group.
My favorite meal in Vegas was at Hash House a go go, where we got massive portions for relatively cheap. That’s my brother’s ginormous sage chicken and waffle breakfast up there, which he ate every single bite of! My mom and I shared a scramble with bacon, avocado, onion and swiss and a mango coconut flapjack, both of which were amazing. We also ate at the Gordon Ramsay BurGR restaurant in Planet Hollywood. I had the uber cheese burger, which may have been the best burger I have ever had. Unfortunately, it was a bit spendy and the burgers don’t come with fries – you have to order them separately, which we learned a little too late. Although I don’t think I could really handle Vegas for more than a couple of days, we had a ton of fun while we were there.
Our second destination was probably my favorite part of the whole trip. It was just so gorgeous in Sedona and we had a ton of fun. The first morning that we were there, we went on a Pink Jeep Tour which was probably everybody’s favorite part of the entire trip. We did the Broken Arrow tour and saw stunning views and had a blast the entire time. Our guide was awesome and told us so much about the area and had plenty of fun, cheesy jokes as well. We also did a hike in Red Rock State Park that allowed us to see even more gorgeous views and we drove out to see the Montezuma Castle ruins (lower right) which was just incredibly cool. We didn’t eat out a ton in Sedona, but we did go to El Rincon for some authentic Mexican food, which was delicious.
The Grand Canyon:
The last part of trip was spent at the Grand Canyon which, obviously, is a must-see. It’s so hard to describe how immense it is and none of the pictures we took even come close to doing it justice. We spent most of our time just checking out all the different look out points, however we did hike the Bright Angel trail which was actually pretty fun and not as strenuous as we were afraid it would be (we did it pretty early in the day and carried plenty of water with us though). If I ever go back to the Grand Canyon, I would love to backpack in and see all of the stunning waterfalls. Although I can’t really recommend much of the food in the Grand Canyon and surrounding area, we did have breakfast at the El Tovar Hotel and it was delicious. We ate there after getting up super early to watch the sun rise (that’s my brother huddled in a blanket on the edge of the canyon in the picture on the left) and got to warm up with yummy hot chocolate and strawberry cream cheese stuffed french toast.
Overall, it was such a great trip and I really can’t wait to go back!
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