I can totally understand... Who in their right mind takes their children to Las Vegas, Nevada??
Yes, while there are a fair share of non kid-friendly sights to be seen on the Las Vegas strip... There are a TON of opportunities for fun in the desert sun to be had for the whole family!
This was quite literally the very first flight my children have ever experienced! We flew out of CVG airport and took a nonstop flight to LAS.
First tip here, make sure you pack a set of headphones for the kiddos, they have interactive screens on Delta's planes!
Next once on the plane, make sure the flight attendant knows its the childrens first flight! Your kids should get their "wings"
and in some cases might get a bag of treats to tie them over for the duration of the flight. My boys were lucky enough to even get to see the cockpit after the flight and
visit with the pilot before walking off the plane!
We got our rental car and instantly drove up to Hoover Dam. Let me tell you... It is definitely worth seeing at least once!
The kids thought it was exeptionally cool to have visited somewhere they saw on the Transformer movie! haha!
Consider taking the tour! It really puts into perspective of how truly advanced of a construction the dam was in its time!
By the time we finished touring the Dam, we were ready to check into our hotel. We stayed at the Stratosphere on the Las Vegas strip.
While the price was right, I do recommend splurging a little more and staying a little further in the middle of the strip. We were just a little to far out to
feel comfortable walking with our children. Luckily, it is cheaper to UBER your family to points of interest than driving and using the other hotel's parking garages.
The Stratosphere is clean and the staff are friendly and ready to help! Free valet parking too! another disadvantage though to the hotel is that regardless if you are a
hotel guest or not, They will rake you over the coals in charges to go up the tower just to see the observation deck.
This was something we assumed being hotel guests, would be included as an amenity... It clearly isn't. on top of that, after you pay to use the elevator to go up to the observation deck,
you also have to pay additionally to use any of the rides up there, and restaurant (at least offer a observation pass if you visit the restaurant!).
We took a visit to Eldorado Canyon at the historical Techatticup Mine. This ghost town was once a rich gold mining town and once of the
of Southern Nevada's most famous! This area is surrounded by massive rock faces, and a variety of cacti make up a gorgeous backdrop to these historic buildings.
This area is especially enjoyed by the avid photographer and it is completely normal to see photoshoots happening throughout the property!
While visiting in the winter is safe, visiting in the spring and summer months you need to keep a lookout for rattlesnakes!
they roam the area, and you must watch where your walking! make sure you visit the main shop at the techatticup mine. She has amazing stories
of naive travelers mingling with poisonous cacti, scorpions, and snakes! She's full of useful and cool information and worth the visit!
Take the dirt roads! Doing so will provide excellent scenic photo opportunities of desert wildlife, fauna, and beautiful mountainous scenes...
the coolest part of it all? you can look out for miles and see small, some abandoned, mining claims all over!
One day we took the long trek through beautiful snow capped mountainous terrain, and open plains complete with free roaming cattle (so watch out for those!) to the infamous Rachel, Nevada to see Ale-Inn and had lunch at the restaurant on site.
while there, we were able to snag a map and trek the dirt back roads that lead you all the way to the front and back gates of area-51!
If you dare do this, take heed of the signs posted and DO NOT CROSS, and make sure you read all signs as this will protect you from illegaly crossing into
government base territory! And yes. You are being watched at all times! Do not assume you are not.
While out that way, not to far from there is the town of Tenopah. This place is known for the best stargazing in the world!
Bring your camera's and tripods, microscopes, and even a blanket and take in the millions of stars that dot the night sky!
It is here you can even witness the milky way from plain sight!
On our way back from Rachel, Nevada.. we stumbled upon Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge area, Here you can find walking trails, a visitor center,
and a variety of wildlife that call this area home! while visiting, we even seen a golden eagle up in a tree above us, some beautiful ducks, and bobcat and coyote tracks!
This little piece of paradise is home to 5 different habitats within its 5,382 acres!
The next day we took a two or so hour drive to the West side of the Grand Canyon! This side of the Grand Canyon is on the Hualapai reservation.
It definitely costs more to visit this side of the canyon, but doing so had shaved 4 additional hours of driving had we went to the south rim of the park.
This location has a bus service that picks you up at the main entrance and carts you around to 4 differnt locations for different views of the canyon!
this proved to be very convenient as they come by every 5-10 minutes and there is rarely any wait! The kids especially loved the old west town there.
At this stop, you can learn to rope a steer, get icecream, watch a magic show and shop for souveniers. My boys loved learning how to rope a steer!
Our very last day of our trip was spent visiting Red Rock Canyon state park and visiting some of the hotels on the Las Vegas strip. One of the places they really
enjoyed was Circus Circus. They got to play in an arcade setting and see free live circus acts! We all also enjoyed seeing
the Hershey World! Its a two story store full of Hershey product of every shape and size! That night we took the kids to see
Freemont Street to see all the street performers and the light show.
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