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Going Off Strip - Las Vegas

We spent the first two days of our birthday getaway on the Las Vegas Strip but we just couldn't imagine ourselves spending another day walking the same street weaving in and out of the same hotels.

We started with breakfast at Hexx Kitchen + Bar and stopped by the Hexx store to pick up some goodies for the boys. Then grabbed a Lyft to the airport to rent a car.. there is such a sense of freedom with a car. We drove 30 minutes out of the city to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.. we walked around for a bit then drove around the 40 minute scenic loop. There were several hikes and I wish we had thought to pack better shoes.





We could have spent hours exploring this place.. next we headed to the Hoover Dam and the Mike O’Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Why the bridge? It gives you a great view of the Hoover Dam below and it's where the borders of  Nevada and Arizona meet..


I have never been in two states at once.. have you? For the movie buff this is where Salma Hayek and Mathew Perry had their baby in Fools Rush In :)





By the time we got there the tours had already ended but we were fine with that.. we were just as happy with quietly taking it all in.

We started to head back to Vegas just before dark but instead of the Strip we drove to Freemont Street in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas




We had dinner at Nacho Daddy and said our goodbyes to the city before heading to the airport. 


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37 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

You have some dam fine photos here. ;)

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

How cool to be able to be in two states at once!

Stefanie Ng said...

What a great trip you had. I loved that movie, "Fools Rush In."

BLovedBoston said...

Definitely a ton to see off the strip! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Now I need to watch Fools Rush In :)

Emmylou MW said...

I think it's so awesome how your family gets to see so many parts of the country! Would love to see the Hoover Dam someday because of the old Superman movie:D

Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

What a fun bday trip! I enjoy vegas, but I agree, it's fun to get out of the busyness of the city and see some the nearby sights...there are a lot of them. The dam IS pretty interesting.

Laura Mitbrodt said...

It looks like you guys had a great time
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Christina said...

It looks like a fabulous trip. I am always surprised how arid this part of the world is!

Loulou said...

You two are so good together! Obviously a lot of love there. And what great trips you take. I've never been to Hoover Dam but hear it is quite spectacular to see. I have been to Vegas though, on a ladies' trip, and agree with you ... unless you're there to party or gamble, there's not much to do but look at all the interesting hotels. A couple of things my friend and I did enjoy was the wax museum and the vintage car show - they have Bonnie and Clyde's getaway car, if I recall correctly - (but, of course, it's too late to tell you about those things!) xo

sugarlens said...

Sounds like time much better spent! We have been to two states at once -- Kentucky and Indiana.

Dominique W said...

How stunning! What an amazing trip you are having!! xx

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Audrey Louise said...

I think venturing out of the commercial hub-bub would be my favorite. I love the scenery in that part of the country and there's something so chilling-y beautiful about dams! I think it's cool that you got to take it all in after hours when no one was there to give tours :)

SHON said...

Very nice! I love this blog post!

Hena Tayeb said...

Thanks.. we are always trying to plan the next trip. The Dam actually reminded me of Transformers.

Hena Tayeb said...

Thank You.. :) :)

Marie Twinliving said...

Oh how fun!!

Joanna Joy said...

You two look so happy in these vacation photos. It looks like you had an amazing time. Those tacos look delicious too.

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Marieken Hoefnagel said...

What a wonderful place to visit, must have been very impressive too! I would love to go to Las Vegas, and just sit there and observe people in casino's. I think I wouldn't be bored for a second.

Elle Sees said...

A great place to visit! I've been there once before.

Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things said...

Oh fun! We were just there in August... but holy toledo it was HOT HOT HOT. I think that you had better weather! I'm glad that we took the time to go to the dam and also downtown! Those tacos look great... YUM! XO - Alexandra

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Laura Marie Keenan said...

So happy to see you explored off the strip! Nevada is its own kind of gorgeous!

Susannah said...

How fun!!! If we ever get to Las Vegas we'll definitely be going off strip as well!

karen said...

gorgeous photos and you've captured the vastness perfectly. (I have to keep saying that the two of you are the CUTEST ever).

white and vintage said...

You and your family had an amazing trip.
Have a wonderful week,
Christine

Hena Tayeb said...

That is cool.. I know it's such a simple thins but it still made me so happy.

Hena Tayeb said...

It was our first time seeing a dam and I don't think I had expected the depth and vastness of it..

Hena Tayeb said...

thank you :)

Hena Tayeb said...

We got great weather.. especially considering we were leaving 8 inches of snow behind

Hena Tayeb said...

aww.. thank you!!

sonia de macedo said...

I wish I had made time to head out of the strip too. There's so much to see in Nevada

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Laura Jones said...

this looks like an incredible trip, you managed to see lots! and being in two states at once seems like such a simple but cool thing to do:-) xx

Chelsey said...

Looks sooo good!

Claire said...

Beautiful pictures and an amazing adventure!

God bless,

XO, Claire

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Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

This looks like so much fun! I've never been to Vegas OR to see any of the cool canyons down there. I need to make it down there, even if I don't do the Vegas part!

Making Restorations said...

this looks amazing, hoping to make it out this way before year's end. and pretty sure I would do it your way

Khush Interis said...

This is an outstanding venue, with great and thoughtful staff, and a fantastic chef. The location of venues in Los Angeles is well situated. We has been delighted to host our annual event at this location for the past few years, and the space has been perfect for our group of roughly 300.

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