4 days, 3 persons, 2 cities, 1 national park = awesome trip!
It's time for another road trip!
This roadtrip was a really long one - about 1500 miles in total. Knowing about the distance in advance I managed to get a BMW 5 series for this trip:
Comfortable for driving - but driving is only affordable with US gasoline prices!
Our first stop was Las Vegas.
After picking up Malte's brother at the airport, we checked in our hotel Plaza which is Located in Las Vegas downtown:
Views from the Plaza by day and night.
During our stay we saw two really good shows in the evenings and used the rest of our time for visiting some of the well known hotels, eating (buffet @ Flamingo :-)) and of course gambling.
Unfortunately none of us won the jackpot.
Two of the newer (and most exclusive) hotels: Encore (2008) and Wynn (2005)
And two of the older one's: Treasure Island and Excalibur
After two long days (and nights) in Las Vegas, we continued our trip and visited the Death Valley National Park.
Before I've been there, I thought Death Valley is just hot and there is not much to see.
I was wrong:
First: It's a really impressive landscape.
Secondly: It's not hot, it's incredible hot! ( up to122 °F ≈ 50 °C)
Artist's Drive & Palette:
Badwater (86m below sea level):
Finally, we made a last stop in Los Angeles.
After enjoying the great views from the Griffith Observatory, visiting some of the places we knew from our first trip and stopping in Santa Barbara for a short swim, we drove exhausted but happy all the way back to Mountain View on Monday.