Michael on the beach

California and Nevada

Nothing like having the beach all to ourselves in November and the sun was still shining! Manhattan Beach was one of the destinations in a week long educational trip to California and Nevada. Looks something out of “Baywatch” (NOT!).

First stop for myself and my wife Caroline, was two nights at the Sheraton Universal, Los Angeles which was pretty much on the door step of Universal Studios. Perfect for being almost first in line as the park opened. Back to my childhood of running around trying to do all of the rides and packing in as much fun as possible. Lots of ticket options available including general admission, front of line passes and VIP passes which is the ultimate experience.

Next stop was four nights in Las Vegas at the Palazzo. Wow, what a great time we had. The Palazzo is a 5 star hotel which is very reminiscent of Italy and together with its sister hotel, Venetian (that actually has a gondola water ride running through the first floor of its hotel). Totally awe inspiring. Lots of things to do in Las Vegas other than the gambling like, shows, helicopter rides out to Grand Canyon, taking in all of the activities in all of the 30 hotels approximately on the famous Las Vegas Strip. We even found time to see Elvis (a really good impersonator, that is!). I could go on forever about this destination but if you want to hear more, give us a call and we can give you a much information as you want to know.

Our last pit stop was back to Los Angeles before our flight back to the UK. We stayed at Holiday Inn, Los Angeles airport. This hotel is close to the airport and has a free shuttle bus to and from the airport. Although a 4 star property it does appear to feel a little tired and in need of an uplift, but the great thing about this Hotel is the ability to pay $5 and step outside and across the road to a small shuttle bus that not only takes you to two malls, it even goes to Manhattan Beach. Unbelieveably inexpensive as the hop on, hop off minibus takes you on a timetabled service from morning into the evening. It’s a perfect stopover hotel with an added extra.

If you want help to plan a trip in California or Nevada, we are able to help. We can help with itineraries, booking flights, hotels, car hire to suit and we can even help sort attraction tickets for almost everything.