This morning we checked out of Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco, and headed off to the airport to catch our flight to VEGAS! Everyone was pretty pumped to get to Vegas, most of us had never been there before. We flew across San Francisco Bay and into the desert of Nevada.
This morning we woke up to it raining! Yes, in Vegas – in the middle of the desert! We had nothing planned for today (although we did have our Limo Cruise later that night). So a bunch of us decided we needed to go and check out the Las Vegas Outlets. It worked out cheaper for all of us to hire a limo to take us down to the outlet mall.. so we did!
We had to get up early on this day for something I was probably most excited about on this entire trip. We were going on a Helicopter Ride over the Grand Canyon. This was an optional that was offered by Contiki, and nearly every single person on our tour did this. I had never been in a helicopter before, so I was pretty nervous! But it was amazing! Literally one of the best things I have ever done in my life.
After the incredible experience of seeing the Grand Canyon, a few of us girls decided that we really wanted to see some of the Vegas hotels, as they all have something unique to offer.
We started off at The Mirage – I was really excited to see Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden. It was really cool! We started off in the Dolphin Habitat – there were trainers dotted around speaking about the dolphins. The dolphin pools looked so good (it was really hot that day!), I just wanted to jump in.
Day 10 was a long day of travelling. We had a layover in St Louis before continuing on to New York. We flew in over the sparkling lights of New York City. It was pretty late by the time we got to our hotel in Manhattan – a few people headed over to see Times Square but the girls and I were hungry, so we hit up Maccas and then crashed. Continue reading
Today our tour was going to see two of the most iconic things in New York City – the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial.
Seeing the Statue of Liberty was something that was included in our Contiki tour which is pretty cool. We caught the subway down to the ferry across to Liberty Island. Getting on to the ferry was kind of crazy – you go through security checkpoints like at the airport.. they scan your bags and you go through a metal detector. It’s quite intense!
Today was my last day in New York City (a few others were staying on in the city after our tour ends but I was flying out to Orlando the next day). I had joined the Contiki Optional of biking through Central Park along with Sam. Our tour manager walked us down to the meet up point (and it was a really long walk!). Once we got there, we meet up with our biking tour guide and split up into two groups and headed off. Turns out you have to be semi-fit to bike around Central Park – it’s not as flat as you’d think it would be. Of course, it didn’t help that I was starting to get sick. Central Park was really pretty though.