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October 24, 2004

Las Vegas & Zion October 22-24

Las Vegas & Zion October 2004 Gallery LinkMy second trip to Sin City in 2004 (see Las Vegas & Lake Tahoe February 27-29 for an article on the first one). Once again to meet my friend Christian who travels to Vegas twice a year as tour guide.

I flew in Friday night, conveniently after work...

Spent the the night dancing at the Club Rio and with drinks at the iBAR afterwards. Went to bed 4:45 in the morning.

Three hours later - wake up call. Zion is just 2.5 hours away and one of my favorite National Parks. It is very tempting to see the park in beginning fall color. We hit the road at 9:00 in the morning, reaching Springdale (the gateway to Zion) at 11:30.
Upper Emerald Pool
By the time we had parked at the Visitors Center, it was too late unfortunately to repeat my last year's hike up to Angels Landing. The Emerald Pools trail was a great alternative though. Have a look at the image on the left to see what I mean.

Steep walls everywhere. We finished our Zion visit with a stop at the Court of the Patriarchs and the Visitors Center.

This is what I like most about trips to Las Vegas. Combining a stay in the most artificial and fake city of the world with some of the most beautiful nature you can imagine. All in one day.

After dinner, a little nap and a shower it was time for more clubbing: this time, the destination was the Voodoo Lounge. The view over the Las Vegas Strip from the 51st floor is nothing but spectacular.

Sunday, after another very short night more Vegas - super market shopping, a stroll on the strip (the self parking lot at the Bellagio makes a great starting point) and a late lunch at Caesar's Palace. Then the flight back to San Jose - delayed as always.

I want to give Las Vegas' Mc Carran airport props. This article was mostly written using a free guest login to their WiFi network.

Posted by Uli at October 24, 2004 06:41 PM


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