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And so we reached Las Vegas, the final stop on my tour and whole trip. In our group, Anne and I were both finishing in Las Vegas while the rest of the group continued, to finish back in San Francisco. Las Vegas has a good reputation for partying with Suntrek tours (and in general I guess!) and it definately lived up to expectation!

Steve our tourguide had a surprise organised for us when we arrived in Vegas, which turned out to be a night out with a limo tour of the city! The first stop was the Fremont Casino which has a covered street, with the world's biggest TV screen on the roof. We then drove past all the casinos on the strip (the main street, not a strip club!). We then finished off at the Bellagio to see the famous fountains. It was a fantastic evening and finished off with meeting up with Kate and Jen from my first USA tour.

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The next day some of us went to The Gun Store in Las Vegas, where you can just walk in and try out pistols, rifles and shotguns! So I had a go at shooting an AR-15! Only in America...! After some target shooting we went for an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Flamingo Casino and ate so much food! Then we went up the Stratosphere, which is the large tower in Las Vegas where there is the world's highest theme park - three rides on the top of the tower. The rides were good and the view was amazing...

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That evening we had food at the Hard Rock Cafe. The following day we checked out the casinos and later that day Anke also arrived in Las Vegas :) Below are photos of the inside of the Palazzo and the Venetian, where they have an indoor canal! The third photo is of the Bellagio and its fountains.

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Kate and Jen had a hire car, so we drove to see the Hoover Dam, just outside Las Vegas. As well as seeing the dam we saw the bridge they've built over the canyon, just downstream from the dam. It was almost as amazing as the dam itself and was built to take the traffic that currently goes over the dam. At the moment traffic jams can be over two hours due to security checkpoints. We also heard that the water level in Lake Mead, behind the dam, is dropping quickly enough that it could be empty in around 20 years time.

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That evening was the final night of my trip and we had another night out, this time a reunion of some of my first tour group in USA. Anke, Kate and Jen were there and we also met up with our tourguide Nick, who was travelling through Vegas with another group. It was a fantastic night with lots of drinking and lots of fun!

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So after some very emotional goodbyes the following morning it was time for me to make my way to the airport and fly to LA and then London. It has truly been the trip of a lifetime and I've enjoyed every minute and all 43,000 miles! I have met so many great people and had a go at some amazing activities. And of course I have been lucky enough to have seen some outstanding places. Hopefully it will not be long until my next trip...

Posted by BensWorld 13:36 Archived in USA Tagged backpacking

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