Las Vegas may not be the first place you think of for a family holiday, but trust me, it’s a revelation. During the day you can hang out in the pool or explore some of the extraordinary shopping malls and attractions, and in the evening, go for dinner (Las Vegas has some outstanding restaurants) before watching a show. But of course, the main attractions of Las Vegas are the many and varied casinos. There really is no other place like it, and the Strip has to be seen to be believed.
The other great thing about Las Vegas is its proximity to some of America’s must-see sights, including the Grand Canyon; the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead; and Death Valley.
The Grand Canyon is only four hours drive from Vegas, but my advice is to set off early so you beat the heat (you can stop off for breakfast at a diner on the way) and if you can, take a helicopter ride when you’re there so you get the full impact. It really is incredible.
Death Valley can get so hot you can fry an egg on the rocks there (although they’re trying to dissuade tourists from doing this because it’s so messy) is is a little over two hours drive away from Vegas. As you drive through places with names such as Furnace Creek, Zabriskie Point, Badlands, Badwater Basin, it’s a great way to imagine how those early pioneers forged their way through such a daunting but beautiful landscape.
And the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are southeast to Las Vegas and just under an hour drive away. After visiting the spectacular dam make your way to one of Lake Mead’s beaches or marinas for some boating, swimming and water sports.
Even if you are travelling with kids, you don’t have to restrict yourself to playing at an online casino such as Jackpot City. Although children aren’t allowed inside any of the casinos many of the hotels provide in-room babysitting facilities so that you can enjoy playing at the casino knowing that your children are being looked after by professionals. There are also some organisations such as Kids Quest that provide organised activities for kids of all ages – which means you can get some adult time while they’re having fun.
In fact, my cousin and her husband, who have three kids, have a villa in Las Vegas, which means they can pop there on holiday whenever they feel like it, and they never run out of things to do. Think I’ll ask for an invitation 😉