Yet another early morning start. Up for breakfast at 7am and we left for Death Valley at 7:30am. Drove out towards Pahrump which is about an hour outside LV. Stopped here to go to Walmart for 45 minutes so the pupils could buy their lunch and have a look round the largest supermarket chain in the world.
We then left Pahrump and drove on to Death Valley National Park. We stopped at the iconic Death Valley sign for lots of group photographs and then headed into the park. First stop Zabriskie Point! We then went on to the visitor centre and we had our picnic in the sunshine! It was so hot we were all competing for shaded areas! We left the visitor centre and drove onto BadWater – the lowest point in continental USA; it was comprised of salt plains surrounded by high mountains. It was clear to see how early travellers through DV thought the salt was water – it was very misleading!! After exploring BadWater we drove in to the dunes and explored the dunes looking for animal trails! By this time the heat was getting to us all so we decided to call it a day and head back to LV.
Our tour guide Sunny wanted to take us to Downtown Las Vegas to the Freemont St experience – this was a real surprise for the pupils as it was unplanned. But wow it was so worth it! What a light spectacle! Old town Las Vegas with Las Vegas Vic and Vicky as well as Slotzilla – the worlds largest slot machine! A great finale to a fab tour.
We were then taken down to the MGM grand where we were dropped off. We had time to kill before tea do we walked up to the Bellagio to watch the fountains! We then had a group photo with LV show girls and then so Lme more retail therapy! This time in Coca Cola world.
We then went to the Hard Rock Cafe LV for tea! The pupils really enjoyed this! And many of them purchased souvenirs from the shop downstairs! After tea we took the monorail up to Harrahs and walked past the Mirage’s volcanic eruption. That was amazing! We finished the night by visiting the Venetian so the pupils can say they have been to the largest hotel in the world and saw the canals in the shopping centre. It was a pity the shops had shut by now as the pupils were desperate to shore but there would be plenty of other opportunities!
We then made our way back to the hotel on the monorail and then packed ready for our early morning departure to Los Angeles!!