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The City of Flashing Lights! – Us Explorer


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Welcome Back US Explorer Families!

Viva Las Vegas! We all can’t imagine we have made it all the way to Nevada already. We left our campsite in Kanab, Utah in order to conquer the city of flashing lights, Las Vegas! As we arrived in Las Vegas, everyone’s eyes widened and jaws dropped as we drove through the strip. Passing hotels such as Paris, Luxor, and the MGM Grand, we were all amazed. Before we arrived at the beautiful Monte Carlo, we stopped at the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. We all snapped many pictures in excitement of our stay in Vegas. After this great photo-op, we went to check into our luxurious hotel. We then spent some time checking out the hotel amenities. It was a blast fist-bumping to the DJ by the wave pool, or lounging around the lazy river. After getting refreshed, we all headed to the New York New York hotel for dinner and some exploring. The food options were plentiful as the hotel was made to appear like the streets of New York City. Julia S and Ally indulged in some sushi, while Eric and Mike grabbed some New York burgers. After dinner, we rode the famous roller coaster that went inside and around the New York New York hotel. Ben had the time of his life riding this exciting ride. We all had fun singing some Billy Joel while taking pics with a life-size Knicks player statue. After exploring the hotel, we headed to the Coca Cola and M&M stores. While some trip members ran to get some Vanilla Coke, Lainie and Valerie got coca cola onesies. We all then headed to the four-story M&M store. Sydney D got another keychain to add to her collection, and Ross grabbed a champagne bottle filled with M&Ms. Before we headed back to the hotel, Matt Z and Jon decided to get foot massages! We all then went back to the Monte Carlo to get some rest before another exciting day in Las Vegas.

Our second day in Vegas began with a nice long sleep-in. Afterwards, we made our way to the elaborate Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace where the girls loved exploring, and the boys were amazed by the huge Nike store. Matt A, Jared, and Ross ended up meeting college basketball players there from the Kansas Jayhawks and Oklahoma Sooners! We then headed back to the hotel to spend some additional time in the elaborate hotel facilities. For dinner, we all ate family style at the tasty Italian restaurant Buca di Beppo. After dinner, we ventured off and explored more of the Vegas strip. We went all the way to the top of the Stratosphere to see the city of Las Vegas lit up in lights. Daredevil Ben rode the X-treme ride, a gigantic teeter-totter that propels you 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Julia G decided to ride Insanity, a massive mechanical arm that goes 64 feet over the tower! After this thrilling experience, we went to the Bellagio hotel to see the famous fountain show. On the way, trip members stopped and grabbed pictures with the Hangover and Elvis lookalikes. After spending over a week in small town USA, we all had a great time in the high-speed lifestyle of Las Vegas.

It’s been an incredible two days in Las Vegas, and we are all ready to head to our final state of the trip.

California here we come!

Lauren, Larissa, Phil, Jessica, Ryan