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Vegas For Families: Valley of Fire

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Vegas for families: Valley of Fire 
We ventured off to Valley of Fire this trip so the kids could experience it. Remember to go early if you’re like us and go in the summer!  Valley of Fire is about an hour drive with one gas station stop/casino/store. Stop there if you need gas because you won’t have another chance for gas in the valley. You should also stop there because it’s unique, gifts, bathroom, and it’s interesting. 
All of the adults had been before (a first for the kids), but this is a place you can visit numerous times and it is still amazing! There are so many things to see and different trails.  Best parts: I watched the kids climb around ( no pics of climbs because I’m mom-spotting from below every time). We found many lizards because it is still early and the kids hunted for snakes although we have a variety of feelings about finding a snake! We saw the petroglyphs again which is awesome too and elephant rock of course!  For pictures
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The Vegas Strip - Quick Tips When You Arrive

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Las Vegas Strip - Quick Tips 

To anyone who knows myself or my husband, there's no question that our favorite place to have an adventure is in Nevada and these adventures always begin with flying into McCarran International Airport. 



McCarran Airport:
There are slot machines in the airport. Yup, it is true. You'll find slots at the gates and at the doors before you leave the airport. There are plenty of games and fun to be had on the Vegas strip so I don't ever stop to play these when we arrive; however, if when you're leaving your flight is delayed and you just didn't get enough yet I say go for it!   
Leaving the Airport using Ride Share:

Use Uber or Lyft. The only people who say use a cab are people who are not confident enough to try using something new (although Uber and Lyft are not that new anymore). Coming to Las Vegas and having to take a cab was the worst experience for my husband and I for years. We tried city busses, shuttles, and renting our own car jus…

Walking Through History - Historic Railroad Trails

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Historic Railroad Trail

Wanting to get away from the Vegas strip, but not for too long? My suggestion is to rent a car and take a drive out to Nevada's Historic Railroad Trail. Just 30 miles from Vegas, the Historic Railroad Trail is a flat, easy walk that includes five tunnels and beautiful views of Lake Mead. 
History
I know this is not history class, so I'll keep this brief. 
As hikers, dog-walkers, visitors, and locals walk along this smooth dirt path, they will be walking through a portion of the railroad route that ran from Boulder City to the Hoover Dam from 1931 to 1961. Along the route, there are information plaques about the area so don't forget to take a minute and read these as you travel along. In addition, further historical information can be found inside the hotel/casino (where you can also park for free, use the restroom, buy water, snacks, and even gamble if you decide). 
What to Expect
This well maintained trail can become crowded as the morning becomes af…

The Valley of Fire

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The Valley of Fire State Park in the Summer My husband and I love to hike in New England so it’s only natural that we share this love with the locals in Nevada and ask for suggestions on where to go and what to do. One suggestion that comes up time and again is to visit The Valley of Fire State Park. Although making this trip in the summer is not ideal, when we share that we are going to embark on this adventure in July we are still given friendly, great advice Take plenty of water! and Have a great time! (which is all we needed to start planning our next adventure). Because of the dangerously high temperatures of the summer, a hike in The Valley of Fire can be somewhat last minute, but with careful planning. Since the heat can rise well into the 100’s, the best time to visit is in the morning. And, since we are from the East Coast, we thought why not plan our visit around the 5:44am sunrise. Renting a Car in Vegas
Helpful tips on renting a car: Car companies on the strip usually close …