Booking Page 1 Getting into the USA Page 4 Flights and booking Page 6 Surfing for flights Page 7 Coping with jet lag Page 8 Travel insurance Page 9 Travel money Page 9 Where to stay Page 11 Hotels and resort fees Page 11 Exploring Las Vegas Page 14 The Strip Page 16 Hotel highlights Page 19 Downtown Las Vegas Page 26 The Las Vegas Monorail Page 28 Shopping in Las Vegas Page 29 Getting married in Las Vegas Page 33 The Las Vegas Valley Page 33 Exploring beyond Las Vegas Page 34 On the road Page 36 Motoring in the USA Page 36 Car rental Page 38 Places to see Page 40 Red Rock Canyon Page 40 Bonnie Springs, Old Nevada Page 42 The Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) Page 43 The Hoover Dam Page 44 The Hoover Dam Historic Rail Road Page 47 Boulder City, Nevada Page 49 Death Valley Page 50 St Thomas Ghost Town Page 62 Valley of Fire Page 64 The Grand Canyon Page 67 Meteor Crater Page 71 Two Guns Ghost Town Page 72 Area 51 and Rachel Page 73 Rhyolite Ghost Town Page 79 Route 66 Page 83 Primm Page 90 Mount Charleston Page 91 Moab, Utah Page 92 Monument Valley Page 97 Valley of the Gods, Utah Page 101 Hole n' the Rock, Utah Page 104 Bryce Canyon, Utah Page 105 Montezuma Castle Page 109 Four Corners Monument Page 111 Handy websites Page 113
Gary Archer, who was born in the village of Rayne in Essex, studied electronics at Braintree College before going into a career in IT and becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional. It is 20 years since his first visit to the USA in 1992; he started with a holiday to Disney World in Florida and went on to explore much of the USA, visiting the Las Vegas area regularly from 1997 on with his partner Nuala, a skilled seamstress. Gary and Nuala, who was born in Dublin, are keen motor sport fans and have met many of the Indycar drivers. Both Gary and Nuala also love bikes, and Nuala used to run her own motorcycle training school.