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Our marketing manager Rob was recently tasked with carrying the Bridge Estates flag across 6 states of his road trip (celebrating his 50th birthday) to the USA in October 2015 covering 2,367 miles.
Being the ever willing servant to please his demanding boss Rob gladly accepted and set forth to get the Bridge Estates logo emblazoned onto a flag small enough but not too big to pack into his luggage.
Having arrived at Los Angeles LAX airport we picked up our Ford Explorer from Fox car rental and promptly drove and checked into the Travelodge Hotel nearby for an early night after the long flight from Manchester to Chicago then onto LAX.
1. Hoover Dam
Staring out at 6.30am our first port of call was IHOPS (International House of Pancakes) for breakfast in LA, then on the road to see the Hoover Dam.
We punched the co-ordinates into the sat nav and hooked up the music from the iPhone and set off on our 4hr journey.
Getting out of LA is a nightmare but once you pass the San Bernardino Valley and head north the road becomes less congested and opens up through the mountains to a beautiful sunrise as we listened to ‘All Right Now’ by FREE.
Security is pretty tight once you arrive at the entrance to the Hoover Dam for obvious reasons but once through the road winds down to the parking which is multi storey or pass over the Dam to open space parking on the other side.
The Hoover Dam is split into two states, Nevada and Arizona and you can see the two Dam columns which separate the states with both having clocks showing the 1 hour time difference.
The last photo below is taken from the road bridge that passes from Nevada into Arizona and well worth the short walk from the car park.
2. Las Vegas
Leaving the Hoover Dam and heading to Las Vegas was a short 30 minute drive which takes you past Lake Mead and Boulder City (worth a visit) then onto the Las Vegas Strip.
For our 2 day stay we checked into Caesars Palace as we had booked tickets to see Celine Dion at the Colosseum on the Saturday night.
A quick lunch and we headed out on foot to see what Vegas had new to offer, having been here 10 years prior. New hotels had sprung up, The Cosmopolitan, Encore, The Cromwell and a city walk with shops and restaurants. The homeless seemed to be more present this time round though.
Friday night was spent at Fremont Street, north of the strip and in the older part of Las Vegas. This is well worth seeing as the light show is amazing but can be crowded especially at weekends. Check out the Zip Line Ride which runs through the rooftop too.
Celine Dion at the Colosseum, Caesars Palace