Warning: if you don't like the heat, don't travel to Las Vegas in the middle of July! I went for a week with my family and did family-friendly activities, as none of my siblings or I are over the age of 21. Temperatures were around 105 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the week, and there was a flash flood one night, so be prepared for extreme weather!
There was about six hours total of flying time to Vegas, and there's a three hour time difference between Nevada and Massachusetts. On our first full day, we went to the Hoover Dam. While it truly is a wonder of the modern world, my family found the tour disappointing and the visitor center was extremely small. The main message of the place was that it is an amazing engineering feat and that today's kids aren't smart enough to do things like that, which I found to be pretty offensive. Overall, it's one of those places you should make the 40ish minute trip to from Vegas so that you can say you've been there, but it's not a full day's trip.
On Tuesday, we went to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum at the Venetian, which was awesome! It's a nice, air-conditioned indoor activity, and there are so many wax people from a wide variety of fields and times that any age will have fun. I've also been to Madame Tussaud's in NYC, and I felt that the quality of the figures in Vegas was better, especially the faces!
The next day we went to Red Rock Canyon, which was actually probably my favorite part of the trip. There are parks for hiking around the area, but be warned; the heat is really extreme, and I'm someone who is usually fine with it! There was a lovely visitor center with an info movie, gift shop, and tortoise exhibit. Then we went on the 13 mile scenic drive. There were many stops to get out and really take in the scenery, but being able to enjoy the view and then jump back in an air-conditioned car was fantastic. It really is a beautiful place!
We also went to a show called "Legends" at the Flamingo, which was excellent! It featured impersonators of Michael Jackson, Barry White, Britney Spears, Steven Tyler, and of course, Elvis! It was only a little bit over an hour long, but I really enjoyed the music. We ate a lunch at the Margaritaville at the Linq Promenade, and my cheeseburger was delicious. We ate another day at the Hard Rock Cafe that isn't on the Strip, and the service and atmosphere was not nearly as good as other Hard Rock Cafes I've been to.
I went walking around 6 am with my mom every morning to beat the heat and see all the hotels. My personal favorite was the Bellagio; I loved the fountains and the fun decor they have inside. I also walked through Ceasar's Palace, the Mirage, the Luxor, Excalibur, MGM Grand, the Venetian, Paris, and New York-New York. I didn't ride the roller coaster in New York or go up the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but I was disasppointed with how small little France was. We stayed at the Holiday Inn about a 15 minute walk from the Strip, but even the heat from the walk was brutal. However, the Holiday Inn was lovely and had great pools!
Overall, the atmosphere of the city was a little bit stressful for me, and as someone who is under 21, four days would have been enough for me. I'm sure it's much more fun if you're over 21 and going out with your friends. I would also not recommend visiting Vegas in the middle of summer if you plan to be outside! Contact us with any insurance questions and browse for more vacation reviews!