Las Vegas, Baby!

Ideas for a Great Family Vacation in Las Vegas from houseontheway.com. Las Vegas is typically a vacation spot for adults, but it can work for those under 21 too!

Here we go…Today I’m sharing day 3 and 4 of our West Coast Road Trip. It all started with the Grand Canyon and then on to Hoover Dam via Route 66. Once our sight-seeing in hundred degree heat was finished, we headed to Vegas for a little fun.

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

They say “what happens in Vegas…stays in Vegas,” but let’s be honest…when you’re traveling with your kids, that type of Vegas just doesn’t happen. LOL!  For us, it was more of a “family friendly” Vegas trip, which is great because I can completely share every detail. 

Once we arrived, we headed straight to our hotel. We booked rooms at the Four Seasons, which is on the 35th-39th floors of the Mandalay Bay Tower. It was fabulous! Gorgeous rooms and the most amazing set of pools ever.

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

That night, we drove up and down the Vegas Strip. Seeing the lights and famous hotels and casinos was fun in and of itself. Look how cute the Tiffany Lamp is at Serendipity 3. Their Frozen Hot Chocolate is definitely worth a visit.

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

We went to see David Copperfield on our last night in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand. My husband and I had seen him perform about 20 years ago. He gave an amazing performance and always left me wondering “how in the world did he do that?!”

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

A look at the pawn shop from Pawn Stars was a must. A few years ago my husband and I went inside the shop, but this time we chose to view it from the outside. It’s always packed with tourists and doesn’t feel like the show at all. But, it’s fun to see.

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

A great place to eat is Hash House A Go Go. We ate there for breakfast because it was named a favorite on Man vs. Food. Just take a peek at their Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles. YUM! Any of their entrees can be shared.

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

The highlight of our time spent in Vegas was riding ATVs in the Moapa Desert. It was a total blast! There were six of us, but when we reserved our time, they only had UTVs available, which hold four people. We divided up into two groups of three and took turns driving.

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

I’ll be honest when I say that at first, I was a little nervous about it. I pictured us flying off dunes and flipping over. But I was totally wrong. It was so much fun and not a bit like Evel Kneivel.

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

We followed each other through the desert, with a guide in the front and one in the back, if we ran into any trouble. The first half of our time was spent on more level ground, navigating turns and curves. The second half was spent going up and over dunes. It was great…but hot! One recommendation is to drink LOTS OF WATER. It’s so easy to get over heated, without even realizing it.

Our trip to Las Vegas as part of our West Coast Road Trip from houseontheway.com

Just to show you how fun it is, check out this video that I shot while riding in the backseat.

We had a good time in Vegas, but the kids did get a little bored at times. It’s just not really a great vacation spot for young people. Riding UTVs in the desert was our favorite part of our time in Las Vegas.

Next…on to LA!
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