Every so often, we talk about going to Vegas. It was Andy who put the idea into my head, actually. I'm not a gambler (I'll play cards for pennies, literally, but no more), so it hadn't really occurred to me that it might be fun to visit the casino capital of the world.
There are loads of obvious attractions in the general area: the Grand Canyon, for instance, is only a few hours' drive away. That's practically next door, on an American scale. Arches National Park, in Utah, is about twice as far - and is very close to the top of my dream travel list. The Mojave desert and even the Mexican border are also near by... this is definitely top-quality road trip territory.
But Las Vegas itself? I hadn't even thought of it, until Andy pointed out that the hotels, as well as the obvious casinos, also have some amazing shows and concerts, and they're usually relatively cheap. For example, the Aria hotel actually has its own Cirque du Soleil show.
This came as a surprise to me, because although I've seen Cirque du Soleil a couple of times and consider myself a fan of their work, I hadn't realised that there was more than one troupe out and about at any given time. Did you know? According to their site, they currently have nineteen shows on, including eight in Las Vegas.
I love the mix of acrobatics and dance, beautifully choreographed into a dramatic spectacle. Based on the preview video and photos, Zarkana looks dark and atmospheric, as well as being vastly ambitious in scale. The video drew me right in. Even the size of the stage is impressive - but that's Vegas for you, I guess.
We've been to London just for the theatre before now... going to Vegas for a show would be a bit further (and I'd definitely want to combine it with that road trip), but it's certainly tempting.
If you love Cirque du Soleil as much as I do, by the way, you might enjoy their YouTube channel, which has previews for all their shows.