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:
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!
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.
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 🙂
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,