LAS VEGAS -- Those lucky enough to have a brush with Prince Harry during his first visit to Las Vegas said he was as down-to-earth as any other 27-year-old who appreciates a Harley, a night out with friends and a cheap beer.
The weekend rendezvous came as the prince is spending several weeks training on Apache helicopters at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in southern Arizona, about six hours away.
Dan Dvorak of Hacienda Harley-Davidson said the royal showed up in jeans and a baseball cap when he stopped by the Scottsdale, Ariz., dealership Friday to rent a motorcycle.
"He's just a regular 27-year-old guy," Dvorak, the dealership's rental manager, told the AP. "Mild-mannered. Excited to be on a Harley."
Dvorak said the prince has a motorcycle license in the U.K. but completed a test drive on a 1600cc bike before officials set him and his entourage loose on the highways.
"He definitely knew what he was doing," Dvorak said.
People magazine reported that Harry -- third in line to the British crown behind his father and older brother, William -- rented a room at the Wynn Las Vegas, a five-star, 50-story resort on the Strip.
The prince's itinerary took an artistic turn the following day. A Cirque du Soleil spokeswoman said Harry's party reserved prime, $178 seats for Saturday night's performance of "O."
Harry reportedly returned to Arizona on Monday. He is among 20 British Army students participating in a two-month military helicopter training course in the U.S. The training started at the Naval Air Facility at El Centro, Calif., where students flew Apache helicopters near the Mexican border. In Arizona, they are firing missiles, rockets and cannons from the Apache helicopters.