Well, I received a lot of info from this site so I feel obliged to return a bit of info even though it happened quite a few months ago. Give me a break it is the first time since I have found 2 hours of total freedom! Right, first trip to the US for us from Australia. There will be a bit of whinging along the way, but that is just the way we see things. Some points noted: Very friendly place. Many boob jobs. High water level in your toilets. Electronic detection on paper towels, taps etc This trip was also to take in Hollywood and Memphis. First stop LA airport. Saw 3 pictures of Bush on the walls there whilst passing through â€“ think you guys must be quite patriotic! One of the worst airports I have gone through, based on queuing times. When we finally got to the front we realised why â€“ the guy checking our passports wanted to know where we had come from where we were going and got into a full conversation of all the great places to see etc â€“ he must have had us yapping for 15 minutes, with another 150 people behind us! We stayed just 2 nights in the Hyatt, West Hollywood, and the wife was hoping to see a few stars. Bingo! About 5 hours after settling down in the Saddle Ranch Chop House, Hugh Hefner and about 8 of his playmates arrived! Didnâ€™t know who they were at the time, but have watched all the shows since, just to see if we ended up in the shoot. Did Santa Moniica, Venice, LA tour etc then on to Memphis â€“ again my wifes choice, to pay her respect to Elvis. 2 Nights staying at the Heartbreak Hotel.accross the road from Graceland. Beale St, and Sun City Studio also done during the stay. Only downside I made a big mistake with carrying all my full amount of cash and cameras with me, so was a little nervous and a little uneasy in the crowds on Beale St. The flight to Vegas took us right over the Grand Canyon and what a view that was. Got through the airport quite swiftly and got a taxi in about 5 minutes. Arrived at Manadaly Bay at about mid day and the room wasnâ€™t ready. We called back about 1 hour later and said we could have one on the 10th floor â€“ we said we had paid top dollar for the room and would wait for a high level floor to become available as requested. 2 More hours wait and we finally got a room on the 27th floor â€“ what a view over looking the strip, and it was a good quality room. I donâ€™t get the window looking into the bathrrom, but I suppose they have to cater for pervs? Prior to this holiday I decided to get fit, with all the flights and walking that was going to be taking place. The next 7 nights I discovered it was a big mistake, as I had torn something in my shoulder 2 days prior to departure and this was about to keep me awake every night and put me in agony where I was almost crying! Wont mention it again, just after sympathy First night we booked a 2 hour limo tour of Vegas, with Presidential. What a waste of time and money that was. The driver could hardly speak any English, Had never heard of Coyote Ugly or Sams Town. Wasnâ€™t even going to give us our bottle of champagne till the end and we had to ask for it prior to setting off â€“ I am sure we should have received 2? After about 20minutes he wanted to drop us off at Bellagio and said he would pick us up later â€“ we said no way keep driving. We had to request him to drive down to Fremont St, otherwise he wouldnâ€™t have gone there. In the end we did get out to watch the fountains on the way back and the whole trip finished 20 minutes earlier and I even tipped him! Day 2 we did all 3 sessions with Big Elvis â€“ great time was had! Day 3 A bit more time around the hotel and had good fun in the lazy river, though hiring the floating rings was a rip off at $20 each. Did Mon abi Gabi restaurant at night â€“ brilliant place to dine and watch the fountains. Day 4 We did the Grand Canyon by helicopter flying with Maverick â€“ absolutely fantastic and something we will never forget. We circled the Hoover Dam prior to landing in the canyon for a champagne snack. The flight back had us doing the legnth of the strip with Viva Las Vegas playing through the headhones â€“ Highly reccomended. At night saw Amazing Johnathon â€“ very funny. Day 5 Day 5 More walking and drinking â€“ Carnival Court a great place for a drink and a laugh! Did Fremont St at night, but should have stayed longer than just 1 hour. Day 6 Los Lonely Boys at the beach â€“ Ok, never seen them before. Day 7 saw the Superstars show at the Stratosphere . Great show, the only downside we didnâ€™t use our free passes to go to the top because the queues were too long. During the day got our pics taken at The Sign. Went to see the Chapel where Britney got wed One mistake we made on this trip was not knowing what the buffets were all about. It wasnâ€™t until our last day at the Mandalay that we realised it was an all you could eat for a good price. Prior to that we had been trudging the strip, eating at some dingy cafÃ© one day, McDonalds another, and probably paid the same amount. Another mistake, can I call it that, we were drinking from an early time each day and never made it to a single night club as planned â€“ I think we were in bed by 11 every night As for gambling, we hardly did that â€“ I think about 15 minutes all up! We had big plans to both have a good dabble each day and see who could come out top at the end of the week but we found ourselves just too busy, believe it or not! With regards to tipping, we really think it gives the US a third world feel about it. I realised at the Mon abi Gabi restaurant I didnâ€™t tip the lady enough - $10 for a $150 meal, and the look she gave us let us know it Guys opening doors of a taxi at the hotel gave us a dirty look because we didnâ€™t give them anything â€“ gee, I would opens doors myself if it was worth getting paid. Many times at the bar I got the feeling I was the only one tipping the bar staff, and many times was receiving naff service! One night when drunk I gave a taxi driver $20 for an $8 fare, so I am not that bad! Anyway, the best holiday we have ever done and we will be coming back hopefully to celebrate my 50th in 2009.