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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 Best Four Days in Vegas




The Best Plan With Four Days in Vegas 

The Dancing Lady in The Park

Fly in on a Wednesday night. If you come from the east coast like us, you'll arrive starving. Forget the idea that you'll be tired when you arrive; you won't be when you pick up your bags and feel that southwest night air. You'll be wide awake by the time you see the lights of the strip.

We always stay near NYNY so our first stop is there. Go grab some late night dinner (or breakfast) at America's in NYNY Casino. We love this place. There's an amazing 3D map of the United States to look at as you marvel at the fact that "I'm in Vegas!" They have breakfast all day, a late night menu, gluten free options, and delicious desserts.

Cosmopolitan Hotel 
After a good meal, walk right over to the piano bar. Wednesday nights are quiet so sit down and relax at the bar slots, throw in a $20, and have a drink or two.

Leave NYNY out the exit by the Zumanity Theatre and take some pictures there with the Zumanity props. It's fun. This exit will lead you right into The Park. Here you can grab a beer, stroll along the pathway, see the "Dancing Lady" statue, and even play a giant game of Jenga. The weather at night is beautiful in Vegas so take your time and enjoy.


Leave The Park by walking into the casino Park MGM, which was once the Monte Carlo. On a Wednesday night, the casino floor will be fairly quiet compared to the weekend so this is a great opportunity to walk around and gamble. Slots and table games will be less crowded on a Wednesday.

Inside Park MGM you can walk to the tram and take this (for free) to Crystals, Aria, and the Bellagio. Since this is your first of three nights, don't delay in seeing the famous Bellagio Fountains. Take the tram to the Bellagio and enjoy the marvel of this hotel and the fountains. Tonight is your best option to really enjoy the fountains before the weekend crowds. I've watched the fountains four rows deep on a Friday night.

Cosmo Chandelier Bar
After watching the fountains, the jet lag might be starting to set in. We like to get up early so we do not stay up too late. For us, one am is three am east coast time. For those who like to stay up all night, there are numerous late night menus and reverse happy hours. Of course, there are plenty of drinks and casino games too. There are night clubs everywhere in Vegas (and whatever else you might imagine in the middle of the night).

There is Aria and The Cosmopolitan close by and they are amazing, fun casinos.

If you're in the Cosmo, look for the purple chandelier and have a drink at one of the bars or go to Henry's for a late night meal.
For people like us, this is where we stroll back to the hotel stopping at a CVS or Walgreens for snacks and waters. Before bringing the night to a close, take a selfie at the famous red high heel in the Cosmo. Day one is coming to a close and what better way to spend the day than in Vegas.
Selfie in the Red Heel at the Cosmo

Day 2, Thursday

First FULL day in Vegas. Grab breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris Hotel or try The Avenue Cafe at the MGM Grand Hotel. Both are delicious, but Mon Ami Gabi is well known for the amazing people watching. Ask for a table outside. The Avenue Cafe is more our style for food, but I do love people watching. Both offer gluten free options.

If you're at Mon Ami Gabi, here's your change to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. A day trip to the top is cheaper than night. We enjoyed the views during the day and honestly I don't think there could be a bad time of day to go.

After eating and taking pictures, you might be wondering what's next?!

From Paris, take a right and walk in and around Bally's, Harrah's, and the Linq's. There are street performers, show girls, and plenty of people watching. There's shopping and restaurants and, of course, plenty of options for some adult beverages including at Carnival Court which is famous for the bottle-tossing bartenders and live bands.

At the Venetian
Before the day gets away from you, book a show. Carrot Top is an amazing comedian at the Luxor. He's reasonably prices and I've been four times. You will cry from laughing so hard. The last time I saw this show the woman next to me told me she would share her tissues with me. When I asked why the tissues she said "For when you're laughing and crying at the same time!" This was her 12th time seeing him. Amazing.

Before seeing the show in the Luxor, stop in at the T&T's and have a taco and a drink. The bartenders are wonderful and the happy hour deals are great. (They also have gluten free food)

Day 3, Friday

Today take the bus or walk to Planet Hollywood and grab a cheap, hangover breakfast at Blondie's or Earl's Sandwich. While here, buy tickets to one of the shows at Planet Hollywood. They are fairly inexpensive and some are during the day and some at night. The V Variety show is good.

Before you leave, check out the craps table. Planet Hollywood has $5 tables early in the morning even on a Friday. The music is classic rock and the dealers are friendly, kind, and down-to-earth. I've played here for hours and hours. When your luck runs out, or you are ready to move on, leave PH to the street and walk towards the Venetian.

At the Venetian, take pictures. This place is gorgeous. Ride on a gondola, visit the wax museum, play in the casino. There's food and shopping and The Palazzo is connected to the Venetian for more food, shopping, and gambling. If you find yourself hungry here, go to The Grand Lux Cafe. Great food, not expensive, gluten free options, and you can do some more people watching.

If you still have time before your show, walk over to the Mirage. This is a fun atmosphere and we have fun here playing slots, black jack, craps, and drinking pina coladas. There are comedians here on a rotating schedule and there is Terry Fator, all worth checking out.

Day 4, Saturday
The Valley of Fire
Saturday is an expensive day on the strip so a great day to rent a car and leave for a few hours. Renting a car is easy; there are rental places in almost every hotel as well as a few on the strip. Take a day trip to the Hoover Dam, The Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon. or Mary Jane Falls. Or go check out the old route 66, Boulder City, and stop in a random place for some great food and local shopping. We love our adventures off the strip.

Come back Saturday in time to see a show? Splurge and see a Cirque du Soleil show like O or Ka. The best way to decide is watch a few youtube videos and see which one seems the one you want to see.

Leaving Sunday? Check out from your room, leave a tip for the cleaning lady, and start planning your next visit on your flight home.





Disclaimer: The thoughts and opinions on this blog are entirely my own.

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  1. I would never have entertained the idea of seeing Carrot Top, but after reading your write-up I'll make sure to see his show.

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    1. When we met a couple at another show and they told us to see him, we were skeptical too. He is really so funny!

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  2. wow sounds like lots of fun and things to do in Las Vegas!! ;)

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