For the long weekend (May 26-28) we decided in the last minute to make it to Los Vegas. Nothing was in our way due to last minute decision as we couldn’t get a nice hotel nor a decent car rental rates.
I took Toyota Sienna (8 seat capacity) from Avis as we were totally 7-people. We all left here around 12.00 PM on Friday and after 4 hour drive, took a break for 7 hours in Tehachapi by taking a room and headed back to Vegas and reached at 3.20 PM. It took us totally 7.30 hrs.
So, the rest of the day from 6.00 PM to 1.00 PM we spent in Los Vegas Strip by visiting the Mandalay bay, Luxor, Excalibur, Bellagio and ceasors palace.
Los vegas strip:
Next day morning we visited Hoover dam which is 30 miles away from Strip and after that whole day again we spent in rest of the casinos like Circus circus, treasure island, the venetian, the mirage, Paris and then headed back to room. Third day we directy headed to Grand Canyon south rim and from there we came directly to home. The drive from Grand Canyon to home took ~11hrs and the whole trip was ~1725 miles.
Hoover dam and Grand Canyon:
Overall the trip was very good even though it was un-planned; other than the speed ticket in Arizona while heading to grand canyon for driving at 92m/hr, everything else went in our way.