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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:

  1. You have some dam fine photos here. ;)

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

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

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

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  5. Now I need to watch Fools Rush In :)

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  6. 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

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

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  7. 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.

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  8. It looks like you guys had a great time
    xo
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  9. It looks like a fabulous trip. I am always surprised how arid this part of the world is!

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  10. 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

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

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

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

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  13. 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 :)

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

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  14. Very nice! I love this blog post!

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  15. 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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  16. 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.

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

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  18. 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

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  24. 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

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  25. Beautiful pictures and an amazing adventure!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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  26. 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!

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

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  28. 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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