Family stay, between attractions and hikes

Trip description

Do you have children and want them to discover Las Vegas, its surroundings and some great parks? This journey is for you... and for them. Four full days and 5 to 6 nights are planned in Las Vegas. Take 1 000 km of road. Avoid summer to discover this region, the heat can be unbearable in the parks.

Day 1 : Arrival in Las Vegas and settling in a hotel.

Day1 : Arrival in Las Vegas and settling in a hotel.

After your settling , spend the weekend at Bellagio (and its buffet) then at the Caesars, to see Fall of Atlantis and Fountain Festival. In the afternoon, visit the Palazzo and Venetian (Madame Tussauds wax museum), Excalibur, New York-New York (Russian mountains) and the streets of Paris. Spend the evening discovering free outdoor shows: fountains of Bellagio and Mirage volcano.

Day 2 : North of the Strip, Arts District and Downtown

Day2 : North of the Strip, Arts District and Downtown

Go early to Circus-Circus and its Adventuredome. Take the opportunity to book your next shows at a reduced price at the Tix 4 Tonight counter. Attend the free show Circus Act (acrobats) from 11am. In the afternoon, join Downtown by stopping at Arts District to discover some frescoes and colorful houses. In Downtown, go to the Mob Museum before returning to Fremont Street. Spend the evening by admiring Fremont Street Experience.

Day 3 : Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Day3 : Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Reserve the morning to visit the dam and the afternoon to a swimming or a cruise on the lake, depending on the season. In the late afternoon, return to Las Vegas to watch Cirque du Solei show (check required minimum age and avoid the Zumanity show).

Day 4 : Valley of Fire and Overton

Day4 : Valley of Fire and Overton

Take the panoramic Lake road to the Valley of Fire early. Discover White Pony, Mouse's Tank, Seven Sisters and Elephant Rock. At the end, go to Overton for lunch, at Sugar Home Plate, then visit the Lost City Museum. In mid-afternoon, take the road to the south entrance of Zion Park. Free evening in Springdale where you will have booked accommodation.

Day 5 : Zion National Park

Day5 : Zion National Park

Visit of Zion Canyon. Picnic or restaurant in the park. In the afternoon, see the activities proposed by the Rangers and inquire about getting Junior Ranger badge. In the late afternoon, exit through the east towards Bryce Canyon. Plan to arrive at Bryce Canyon before sunset or stop for the night at Riverside Resort & Park Ranch, in Hatch (50 km before the park).

Day 6 : Bryce Canyon

Day6 : Bryce Canyon

Arrive early to discover the rising sun on the Hoodoos. Enjoy the views of the amphitheatre that are all relatively near and do not require descent. Back to Las Vegas in mid-afternoon (400 km). Upon your arrival on the outskirts of the city, head to Sam's Town Casino to watch the sound and light show of Sunset Stampede. And if you are not very tired, why don't you go bowling with your family?

Day 7 : Las Vegas

Day7 : Las Vegas

Visit Springs Preserve, don't hesitate to ask for advice on the spot for a better orientation. This educational visit allows you to discover the natural wealth of the region, but also the efforts to be made to preserve the environment. Go through the neighbouring Nevada State Museum. In the afternoon, return to the south of the Strip to visit the Luxor and the Titanic exhibition. Evening at the {1}Excalibur{/1} for the Tournament of Kings show.

Day 8 : Red Rock Canyon

Day8 : Red Rock Canyon

Go to the Red Rock Canyon to discover it in the morning. Spend some time at Visitor center. At the end of the morning, go to the Bonnie Springs Ranch for lunch, then visit the mini zoo and the city of Far West and its attractions. On the access road, take a photo of the burros (wild donkeys). Visit the nearby Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. Return to Las Vegas in the evening or night in Bonnie Springs.

Day 9 : Las Vegas

Day9 : Las Vegas

It is time to join the Mirage Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat to spend part of the morning. In the afternoon, go to the Neon Museum and then to the old Fort Mormon. In the evening, choose a show for all ages.

Day 10 : Shopping and return

The time to make a last tour in the shops and here you are at the airport on the way back.

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