Vegas highlights

Hi guys! I’m behind on posting, (what even is time anymore, with the last two years we’ve gone through?!) but I’ve been so lucky to spend more time with my family in Las Vegas. You might’ve remembered that they moved there from Florida in December of 2020, and I went with them to help. (Check out our road trip here.)

Since spending more time there, I have seen what else it has to offer outside of the famous Strip, pictured below:

The Strip:

Mesmerizing and famous spots- the fountains of Bellagio, Caesars Palace, New York, Fremont Street, Container Park (good for kids!), the Neon Museum, High Roller, Stratosphere

Red Rock Canyon:

This is SO close to downtown and the perfect option if you want to escape the nightlife and hustle in exchange for hiking and getting out in nature. If you’ve got kids, or just don’t want to hike in the heat, there are tons of pull offs for overlooks you can admire. The drive is a 13 mile loop, and Lost Creek Canyon Trail is family-friendly. Ice Box Canyon was a little more challenging. Be sure to make a reservation in advance!

Mt. Charleston:

With the highest peak in Clark County, Mt. Charleston is home to Mary Jane Falls, Echo Trail, and Robbers Roost Trailhead, and more. We drove up here so my nieces could play in snow on New Years Day, went on a couple wonderful hikes, and enjoyed a beer at Lee Canyon.

Lake Mead:

It is no secret that Vegas is HOT, y’all. No wonder why everyone flocks to Lake Mead. Our friends had a boat and we spent the whole day cruising, admiring the Hoover Dam in the near distance, and swimming. We even saw some mountain goats and did some cliff jumping! My favorite part was this spot called Wishing Well cove.

*Please be responsible when out. There’s often extreme heat, lots of people drinking, etc. and it can be a dangerous combination.

Food: Vegas buffets are famous, but Covid has changed that a bit. No matter what you’re craving, there is something here for everyone. We tried Cereal Killerz, which was wonderful to take my nieces to, and also Yardbird, in the Venetian, which had the most delicious chicken and waffles and watermelon! We also had our fair share of Shake Shack (my fave), In-N-Out, and Tacos El Gordo. (Even the fast food is better out west!)

In order of appearance: Cereal Killerz, Yardbird, Hash House a Go Go, Shake Shack, Dutch Bros. coffee, s’mores 🙂

Family Time:

We were excited to find Knickerbocker Park not far away, so we had to pose for a family photo! We also visited Hoover Dam, celebrated Easter together for the first time in years, and shared a lot of laughs. I can’t forget about picnics in the backyard, strolling the parks for flowers, and movie nights in. Feeling really lucky to be together ❤

Hope you are able to be with your loved ones, eating some good food, and enjoying the weather wherever you are.

Until next time,

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Day Trips from Vegas

In the time I’ve spent helping my family move to Vegas, (read more about our cross country move here) I have been so fortunate to visit some beautiful places in Nevada and beyond!

Las Vegas is so much more than luxury hotels on the strip, bright lights on Fremont Street, and clubbing or gambling. It is the perfect distance for so many incredible escapes into nature with national and state parks nearby.

Check out some of my adventures below- all doable in a day trip from Sin City!

Red Rock Canyon

-one way drive, 13 miles
-reservation required through May (available online)

This is a scenic loop that is easily doable in a half day from Vegas, as it is less than 30 minutes away.

*High Point Overlook
*Petroglyph Wall
*White Rock
*Calico Hills

**The Lost Canyon- Children’s Discovery Trail was one we took the girls on, but enjoyed ourselves!

***Look out for all the white-tailed antelope ground squirrels 🙂

Valley of Fire State Park

Nevada’s first state park really lives up to its name!

About an hour drive from Las Vegas.

Mouse’s Tank Road winds through the park, and there’s a Instagram-worthy opportunity around every bend.

*Rainbow Vista
*Pastel Canyon
*The Wave (always exposed to sun here, bring lots of water!)
*White Domes (my favorite hike!)

** $10 per vehicle gets you in

***If you’re lucky, you’ll see desert bighorn sheep like we did!

Hoover Dam & Seven Magic Mountains

*The Hoover Dam is truly astounding. It is free to walk or drive across, and located just 30 minutes or so from Las Vegas.

*Seven Magic Mountains was created by Ugo Rondinone, a Swiss-born artist, and it is only open to the public until the end of this year! Also about a 30 minute drive from Vegas.

Death Valley National Park

This is about a 2 hour drive from Vegas, and I simply CANNOT recommend it enough!

*Zabriskie Point
*Artists Palette
*Natural Bridge Trail
*Devil’s Golf Course
*Mesquite Sand Dunes
*Badwater Basin

**One of the hottest places on Earth! I am so glad we went in the winter- I don’t know that I would’ve enjoyed it at 100+ degrees

***Be prepared before you come- that means fuel up (it’s like $6/gallon otherwise) and make sure you have plenty of water and snacks. The park is vast, and shops are few & far between, and can be pricey.

And there you have it– so many options for day trips! Bryce and Zion in Utah are other options, too, but we only had so many free weekends! Hope this gives you inspiration for future travels. If you have others, please drop them below in the comments!

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xoxo,