Experience gifts are more popular than ever this Christmas, and for good reason. Many people are trading in materialism for memories, trying to give their lucky recipients an experience they’ll remember for a lifetime, rather than just another trinket to relegate to a forgotten shelf.
Of course, deciding to give an experience gift is easy. Selecting the perfect one to give? That’s another story entirely. If you’re a little stuck on what experience you can give this, here are some tips to help you figure it out.
1. Get personal.
Obviously, the best experience gifts are ones that appeal to the recipient’s interests or dreams. Know a NASCAR fanatic? They’d probably love a ride around the track in a real race car. Got a friend with a toddler? A season’s pass to the local zoo might be just what they’re looking for to get out of the house. By getting an experience gift that feels tailored to them personally, you’re showing them that you really put some thought into this—and isn’t that what gift giving is all about?
2. Take it outside.
When you’re thinking about the perfect experience gift to give, you’ll probably notice there are a lot of amazing options that involve the great outdoors. If you live in a climate with a white winter, skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing would make great gifts. You could even include a lesson for beginners. If your days are merry and bright but without all the white, surfing, paddleboarding, or golfing might be more appropriate. You should also look into tour companies that offer guided tours, whether it’s by Jeep, helicopter, or boat!
3. Explore local, affordable options.
While it’s always nice to splurge on an experience gift, there are plenty of options that don’t require you to travel far or spend a lot. Think tickets to an upcoming play, concert, or sporting event; passes to a favorite museum, or a cooking class at a local culinary school. The more you look around, the more you’ll find gift-worthy experiences right in your own backyard.
4. Make dreams come true.
Not to get cheesy on you, but with an experience gift, you have the perfect opportunity to turn a loved one’s dream into a once-in-a-lifetime reality. Treat them to something they’ve always wanted to do, whether it’s skydiving, a hot air balloon ride, or a trip to the Grand Canyon. This is your chance to be a dream maker!
5. Include the kids.
The only thing better than an experience gift is an experience gift that the whole family can enjoy. This is a great way to get a lot of shopping done all at once (and bonus: the kids will get off their digital devices!). This could be something as simple as a gift card to go bowling or mini-golfing, or something as awesome as a Jeep tour that everyone will love.
6. Craft a whole trip.
If you really want to go big this year, think about planning an entire trip, complete with travel, hotel, and activities. Head to Vegas and take a guided tour of all the lights and sights, and check out the Hoover Dam while you’re there. Book a romantic getaway to the charming town of Sedona, and make a little time for adventure on an off-road Jeep tour. You get the idea. Don’t just give a “trip;” take some time to plan it out. Your loved ones will appreciate the extra thought and the memories will last a lifetime.
Now that you’ve got all the ideas you need, it’s time to get planning, and get giving! If you haven’t figured it out already, Pink Jeep Tours has been providing great experiences for decades. If you’d like to learn more about locations and tours available, visit www.pinkjeeptours.com or give us a call at (800) 873-3662. We can’t wait to help you make memories that will last for years to come.
A wedding should be a grand event—a unique celebration of love and commitment. But many weddings end up being more “dime a dozen” than “one in a million.”
As one of the Southwest’s most popular wedding destinations, Sedona, Arizona, adds plenty of charm, beauty, and romance to any wedding celebration, but there are a few ways to make a Sedona wedding really stand out. Pink Jeep Tours, the world-renowned tour company based in Sedona, AZ, offers wedding packages—complete with a choice of exclusive Jeep tours—to excite, delight, and surprise wedding parties and guests. This could be the wedding you’ve always dreamed of…with just a touch of pink.
Sarah Fox, a member of the Pink Jeep Tours Special Events team, shared some of her insights about each of their ceremony locations. Each one has something special to offer, but they’ll all give you the wedding experience of a lifetime (not to mention the best wedding photos you’ve ever seen).
Broken Arrow Tour (Ceremony at Chicken Point)
As the only tour company with access to the Broken Arrow Trail, Pink Jeep can treat you and your guests to an exclusive tour opportunity that will show you the very best of the Sedona landscape, while adding a little adventure to the mix. With a ceremony at Chicken Point, a lookout point with panoramic views of the red rocks, you’ll have the perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind ceremony.
Sarah points out that while all types of couples are drawn to the Pink Jeep wedding, many of the couples are really focused on creating an experience for their guests. For these couples, this exclusive tour option really can’t be beat.
“Many couples right now want to celebrate their marriage in a place that is all about a natural setting,” Sarah says. “It takes away all the wedding noise and lets everyone really focus on the couple and their love. The addition of the tour, especially one with off-roading like Broken Arrow, adds a lot of fun to the whole experience.”
Scenic Rim Tour (Ceremony at Merry-Go-Round)
The Scenic Rim Tour is aptly named: it is one of the most scenic tours offered by Pink Jeep Tours. This excursion is an adventure, taking you and your guests up over rugged terrain that is certain to be unlike any wedding they’ve ever been to. And Merry-Go-Round rock gives you the perfect place to exchange your vows, with a magical, “top-of-the-world” setting that will leave your guests breathless.
“Merry-Go-Round is one of our most popular ceremony spots, for good reason,” says Sarah. “I remember one couple who wasn’t quite sure they wanted to do the whole ‘outdoor wedding’ thing, but when we previewed the spot, they were like, ‘This is it.’ It’s that moment that makes me love my job.”
Coyote Canyons Tour (Ceremony at First Overlook)
Sarah adds, “We can’t bring in decorations or ‘extras’ to the ceremony site due to forest regulations, but the truth is, you don’t really need them. It’s so beautiful to just celebrate a simple, grand love in a simple, grand place.”
Diamondback Gulch Tour (Ceremony at Rattlesnake Point)
This popular tour will take you and your guests beyond Sedona and into the Coconino National Forest. Make sure your guests bring their cameras—they’re going to want them! This tour is where rugged adventure meets incredible beauty (sounds like a love story, doesn’t it?). If you want to give your guests an experience they’ll never forget—and if you want wedding photos that will make jaws drop—look no further.
Your Wedding, Your Way
Sarah wants couples to know that she won’t take a “one size fits all” approach to their wedding. “The best thing about doing a wedding with us, besides the amazing locations, is that we can make it exactly what you want it to be. We’ve had couples do champagne toasts, bring acoustic musical instruments; we even had one couple surprise their guests with the wedding location.”
Sarah goes on to say that while Pink Jeep Tours does a lot of the work for you, nothing has to be set in stone. “We can customize the tour times to allow the perfect amount of time for the ceremony and pictures. We can add picnic lunches or a full-blown, catered receptions with filet mignon.
A wedding is always a beautiful thing. Take it to the next level by working with Pink Jeep Tours to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your guests. Contact them to discuss itinerary options and other enhancements.
If you’ve read Part One of our “Vegas Rocks” series, you know all about the best destinations to go see some amazing rocks in the Vegas area. We talked with Pink Jeep Tours guide, geology expert and Vegas local, Gary Lehman, about some of his favorite “rock star” stops around Vegas.
For part two, we’re going to dive into the specific rocks around the Vegas area—rocks that have names! We’ll explore some of the rock types you’ll find around Las Vegas, as well as a couple individual, standout stars. Hang on: it’s going to be a rocky road (sorry, couldn’t resist)!
The Anasazi, or the Ancient Pueblo Peoples, lived in the area of the Valley of Fire from around 300 BC to around 1150 AD. They left behind several petroglyphs—art carved into the rock walls—that are fairly well preserved and seriously incredible to see. Some of the best of these petroglyphs are found at Atlatl Rock, a rock named after the atlatl, a device the Anasazi would use to launch their spears. There’s a campground close to Atlatl Rock if you feel like staying for a while, or you can stop by and see the petroglyphs on a Valley of Fire Jeep tour.
It only takes one look at Elephant Rock to know where it got it’s quirky name: this rock really looks like an elephant, with its giant sandstone “trunk” forming a magnificent archway. It’s quite a sight to behold, and is definitely worth the stop! Your Valley of Fire Jeep tour will make a stop here, or you can check it out on your own.
While not a single, specific rock, Aztec Sandstone deserves its own special place among “rocks that have names.” Straight out of the Jurassic period, these rocks make up a large portion of the landscape of Red Rock Canyon. In fact, the canyon features giant cliffs of Aztec Sandstone. They are characterized by their unique, colorful, otherworldly appearance, and make the perfect backdrop for incredible photos.
Incredible sandstone formations? Perfect examples of geologic “cross bedding?” Great stop for a one-of-a-kind picture? Check, check, and check. The “Beehives” in the Valley of Fire aren’t just unique looking, they’re also full of fascinating geologic importance, showing how silt, sind, and water can work together to create natural wonders. This is one photo op you don’t want to miss!
The Seven Sisters mark one of five locations in the Valley of Fire where weddings can be held, so if you decide to visit, you may get a glimpse of a happy couple walking among the red rocks. The seven boulders have withstood the fierce winds that have caused surrounding rocks to erode. Some may see this as a representation of a strong and lasting marriage; others may just think it looks really cool. Either way, it’s worth a stop!
The Wilson Cliffs
Part of the Keystone Thrust that Gary mentioned in Part One, the Wilson Cliffs, at over 3,000 feet tall, tower above the Red Rock Canyon landscape. You’ll only see rocks like this here, so if you have the chance to venture out that way, whether for a hike or a Jeep tour, you definitely should. These colorful, layered cliffs have been millions of years in the making, and they add a magnificent backdrop to the beautiful canyon.
These “rocks that have names” may be lacking some of the glitter and fame of the typical Vegas rock star, but they have a beauty and majesty all their own. On your next Vegas trip, take some time to explore the natural side of Vegas by visiting some of nature’s rock stars. And don’t forget to take advantage of Las Vegas Jeep tours; they’ll take you right to all the best sights, and you’ll have a highly-trained tour guide to act as your personal driver, photographer, and area expert. See you in Las Vegas!
Although all of the Grand Canyon’s four rims (North, South, East, and West) offer breathtaking views, various landmarks, and fascinating cultural attractions, each rim has something totally unique to offer visitors.
The West Rim, for example, usually takes visitors by surprise. Here are our top three reasons why the West Rim should be on your list of places to visit.
Rich cultural heritage.
The Grand Canyon is home to six different Native American tribes. Along the West Rim, you’ll find the Hualapai Reservation, home to the Hualapai tribe, which has called the land home for centuries.
The Hualapai welcome tourism in the area, opening culturally significant attractions to visitors. Be sure you don’t miss:
Eagle Point, the gateway to the Hualapai Nation, where you can see the culture come alive as you explore traditional dwellings and observe native dances.
The Hualapai Ranch, a recreated Western village, complete with horseback rides and roping lessons.
The Hualapai Market, where you can purchase authentic, handcrafted keepsakes.
Along with its cultural significance, the West Rim is the perfect spot to take in incredible natural beauty The West Rim boasts some of the best viewpoints the Grand Canyon has to offer, and since the Grand Canyon is one of the most picturesque spots in the world, that’s saying something!
Here are some can’t-miss views from the West Rim:
Guano Point, for jaw-dropping panoramic views of the canyon and a glimpse of a famous bat cave.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk, where you’ll venture beyond the rim on a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge; it’s like walking on air!
Eagle Point Viewpoint, a lookout from Eagle Point that will let you see the Grand Canyon in all its glory.
A variety of activities.
Perhaps more so than any of the other rims, the West Rim offers many different opportunities for adventure during your visit. Here are a few of the exciting activities to enjoy:
Helicopter rides, for views usually reserved for the birds. Climb aboard for a thrilling ride!
Boat tours, which allow you to float along the Colorado River and see the Grand Canyon from a new perspective.
Some of these experiences can even be combined with a visit to the Hoover Dam, for a day that’s full of variety and exploration.
Of course, one benefit to taking a tour of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim is that you’ll have a tour guide to provide you with safe transportation, fun facts and entertaining stories, and be your own personal photographer! It makes a trip to the West Rim that much more convenient and memorable.
If you’ve been wondering where your time would be best spent at the Grand Canyon, the West Rim should definitely be at the top of your list! With its incredible cultural presence, its stunning natural beauty, and wide range of exciting activities, this is one destination that has it all.
Everyone knows that Las Vegas is full of rock stars, but many may not know that the Vegas area is also full of the original rock stars—actual rocks. Las Vegas and the surrounding areas are globally unique in terms of their geologic history and makeup, full of fascinating rocks and rock formations that you simply won’t see anywhere else. It’s a big part of what makes Vegas the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
But don’t take our word for it. We talked to Gary Lehman, expert geologist and tour guide for award-winning tour group Pink Jeep Tours. If there’s anyone that knows about the real “rock stars” of Vegas, it’s Gary. We asked him to tell us about some of the more famous geologic places of interest in the region. His insights did not disappoint! Check out his favorite destinations below.
Gary Lehmen, Geologist & Pink Jeep Tours Guide
Red Rock Canyon
“Many people don’t realize that if you look out of a west facing hotel room in a high-rise on the Strip, you can see the Spring Mountains from there,” says Gary, “and then at the base of those mountains is Red Rock Canyon. It’s so close to the action of Vegas—just 15 or 20 miles away. It’s nature’s wonderland, right in Vegas’s backyard.”
So what’s there to love about Red Rock Canyon? Well, there are plenty of hiking, biking, and camping opportunities—not to mention a tour (maybe with Gary as your guide!) with Pink Jeep Tours.
“The whole area used to be underwater,” Gary explains. “And then tectonic activity made the earth’s crust rise, creating different geologic layers. You end up with these towering sandstone cliffs that represent terrestrial desert. It’s like driving through history.”
Red Rock Canyon offers sweeping desert vistas of layered red rocks, for a one-of-a-kind landscape that visitors (and locals like Gary) love.
“I never get tired of going out there,” he says.
Keystone Thrust Fault
Gary says that while the Keystone Thrust Fault is technically part of Red Rock Canyon, it deserves its own special mention when it comes to geological wonders of the region.
“This is one of the most easily recognizable thrust faults in the world,” Gary says. “It’s incredibly fascinating, because you’ve got younger rock sitting on top of older rock. How did it get there?”
With a quick geologic history lesson, Gary explains that 70 million years ago, as the continents shifted apart, sediments from the ocean were pushed up over younger rocks, causing the layered rocks to appear to be out of order.
“Keystone Thrust is one of those things that people could just walk right by, without even knowing that they’re passing by a great geological monument. It’s one of the reasons I love taking tours out so much.”
El Dorado Canyon
El Dorado Canyon may not be the bustling mine destination it once was, but it is still an important geologic landmark in the Vegas area.
“El Dorado and Nelson’s Landing are fascinating parts of Las Vegas history,” Gary explains. “The silver and gold mines in the canyon attracted a lot of people to the area. It’s amazing to think about how the geology of the area affected the culture of the area.”
Now, you can take a tour of the area that will explore the region’s rich (pun intended) mining past. Gary says it’s a favorite for tourists, and especially for inquisitive kids.
“Everyone loves Rocky Gap,” Gary laughs. “It’s the ultimate off-road experience. And it’s beautiful.”
Rocky Gap Road travels along an old pioneer trail through Red Rock Canyon, giving you a more thrilling (and bumpy) view of the majestic canyon. You’ll see Aztec Sandstone, fossilized sand dunes at Calico Hills, and so much more.
“This is a great place to discover the story of the area’s geology,” Gary says of Rocky Gap. “Everything in the area is connected, and it all comes together. I love sharing that story with my tour groups.”
Gary’s passion for geology, and for the Vegas area, shines through as he talks about the land. “Things come alive for you once you learn about these things. You start to understand them, and instead of being a bunch of random facts on a piece of paper, they become a story, a way to connect everything on a deeper level.
Want to see some of Gary’s favorite destinations firsthand? Pink Jeep Tours features tours of the natural side of Las Vegas. Book a tour today to discover the real “rock stars” of Vegas!
Some people see the Grand Canyon as a “drive-by” destination, a place where you hop out of the car for a few minutes to get a great picture, and then jump back in and be on your way.
I hate to break it to you, but if this is your idea of “seeing” the Grand Canyon, you’re missing out. A lot.
The Grand Canyon is a major destination in and of itself, and can be a multiple-day trip, easily. But what if you really only have one day to spare? Never fear. We’re here to help you make the most of a single day visit to the Grand Canyon—specifically, the majestic South Rim, which is the most visited area of the national park.
Here are some of our very favorite South Rim destinations. Pick and choose your favorites to craft a perfect day at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Get jaw-dropping views from the Desert View Watchtower
One of the most recognized destinations at the South Rim, the Desert View Watchtower gives you a glimpse of the history and culture of the Grand Canyon area, not to mention some pretty amazing “glimpses” of the canyon itself! Opened in 1932 and designed by architect Mary Coulter, this iconic, 70-foot high tower is modeled after ancestral Puebloan towers. Check out the Kiva Room, the art gallery with murals done by Fred Kabotie, and of course, the observation deck, which gives you panoramic views that will take your breath away!
Rumble along the rim on a thrilling Jeep tour
Ready to let someone else do the driving? Jeep tours are the ultimate way to see the best the South Rim has to offer. You’ll also enjoy the company of a private tour guide, who can take you to all the best lookout spots (including some lesser known ones), while sharing the fascinating history of the canyon. They’ll also be able to answer any questions you have, not to mention act as your personal photographer. There are a few great tour options, including this Grand Entrance tour for the perfect overview of the South Rim, or the Grand Finale Deluxe tour for an incredible sunset experience. No matter what you choose, it’ll be the ride of your life!
Take a (short) hike.
Hiking is one of the things the Grand Canyon is most famous for, but if you don’t have a lot of time, you probably won’t be able to do any of the full trails. Instead, wander a little ways along Bright Angel Trail, which is one of the canyon’s most popular, or take a walk along the Rim Trail, a fairly easy walk along a paved road. Either of these will give you a good way to stretch your legs and really take in the iconic scenery of the canyon.
For a more “all-inclusive” experience, check out this , which gives you a guided tour along the Grand Canyon’s Trail of Time. It’s only a 3-mile hike, but you’ll travel back millions of years! You’ll see some of the canyon’s most ancient rocks and algal reefs, examine a fossil, and learn about the fascinating geologic history of the canyon—all with the benefit of a dedicated tour guide (who can also double as your personal photographer).
Bring out your inner artist at Kolb Studio
If you’re interested in art or photography, you won’t want to miss the historic Kolb Studio. Perched on the edge of the canyon, the 1904 studio displays artwork and photography centered around the Kolb Brothers, Emery and Ellsworth. The brothers not only worked at the studio, they lived there, capturing the scenes of the Grand Canyon through photography and videography. Since the studio is located right next to the Bright Angel trailhead, it’s easy to squeeze in a visit to both.
Kick your feet up at the Bright Angel Lodge
Brimming with history, the Bright Angel Lodge is a great stop for those looking to experience the South Rim. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and home to the oldest standing structure on the South Rim (the Buckey O’Neill cabin), the lodge offers stunning views of the canyon. There’s also a few dining options, making this a great stop for lunch or dinner during your stay.
If you only have one day to visit the South Rim, you probably won’t be able to see it all. But if you plan carefully and prioritize well, you can still get a great taste of the history and scenery this one-of-a-kind destination has to offer. See you at the Rim!
This is part two of a series covering some of the favorite outdoor destinations for Vegas locals. Read part one here.
Vegas local Sandy Knapp, also a guide for Pink Jeep Tours, knows a thing or two about her home town. As an outdoor enthusiast, she knows there is far more to Vegas than the Strip. Here are more of Sandy’s favorite outdoor destinations in the Vegas area.
Floyd Lamb Park
Escape from the cacti and sagebrush with a quick walk through this beautiful park. Only 20 minutes or so from the Strip, the park is full of big trees that create shady resting spots. It’s also home to four stocked ponds and a few recreational areas. But what really makes this park stand out to Sandy is the wildlife.
“There are the usual ducks and geese, but there are also peacocks!” she says. “It’s really cool to see.”
Vegas offers a few different options when it comes to water parks, but for locals, the two best options are Cowabunga Bay on the east side of town, and Wet’n’Wild on the west side. Both parks have options for everyone, with low key options like lazy rivers and plenty of lounging opportunities, and high adventure thrills like the Tornado at Wet’n’Wild or the Wild Surf at Cowabunga Bay.
For locals and visitors alike, it’s a great escape from the heat. And it’s a family-friendly option, too.
Ethel M. Chocolates factory and botanical garden
Come for the chocolate, stay for the view! This unique destination gives visitors the chance to walk through a working chocolate factory. Take yourself on a self-guided tour, and visit the gift shop on your way out.
If you’re wondering what this has to do with the outdoors, keep reading! The site of the chocolate factory is actually home to the largest cactus garden in the American Southwest. With free admission and plenty of walking trails through incredible scenery, this is one outdoor hotspot that both locals and out-of-towners love.
“Lake Mead is a pretty well-known spot, but there’s plenty of room for everyone,” Sandy says. “Lots of marinas where you can drop in your own boat, plenty of fishing spots, and places to camp. There are even a few restaurants where you can go for lunch or dinner.”
Lake Mead is a true “something for everyone” destination, and it’s basically heaven for anyone who loves the outdoors. Swim, camp, fish, walk, picnic, relax, and enjoy!
Sandy loves the Springs Preserve. “It’s like a big outdoor museum,” she says. “There are lots of plants that grow in the area, and there’s a huge park you can walk through.”
The area is also full of historical significance. In fact, their preserve is actually on the National Register of Historic Places due to the role the Springs played in the development of Vegas and the surrounding areas.
The Springs Preserve is a great place to combine learning with hands-on exploration and a ton of outdoor fun.
Not many people equate Las Vegas with the great outdoors. Thanks to Sandy’s suggestions, you know better than that! Explore more of the natural side of Vegas on a Pink Jeep Tour, which will take you to some of Vegas’s most incredible sites (that have nothing to do with neon). Plus, you’ll get to hear from more guides like Sandy, who will share their passion and expertise for the area.
It’s a comment that Vegas local Sandy Knapp says she gets frequently when someone finds out that she lives in Las Vegas, a city that is notorious for tourists who are looking for a party.
But Sandy and other Vegas residents love their city for reasons that have nothing to do with the infamous Strip.
Sandy, who has worked for the past two years with Pink Jeep Tours as one of their popular tour guides, loves Vegas for its incredible outdoor scene.
“It’s a beautiful state,” says Sandy. “There is so much to see. And in Vegas, you’re never too far away from some really beautiful landscape.”
We talked to Sandy about some of her favorite outdoor Vegas destinations. As a Vegas local and outdoor enthusiast, she had plenty to contribute. So much, in fact, that we had to split her list up into two posts! Here’s our first group of Sandy’s suggestions.
First on Sandy’s list was Mount Charleston. Less than 40 miles from Vegas, this destination offers year round fun for many Nevada residents, with snow and skiing in the winter months, and beautiful hiking trails and scenery in the spring and summer.
“It’s a great escape from the heat,” Sandy says. “It’s just beautiful up there.”
There’s plenty of wildlife on the mountain; everything from wild horses and burros to bighorn sheep. The ski lodge features a restaurant, and there are a few other dining options in the area as well (but no gas stations, so fill up before your trip). You can also check out the Spring Mountains Visitor Center, a fairly new addition where you can learn some of the history of the area.
Just 15 minutes from the Strip, Sunset Park provides locals with an oasis in the desert, featuring walking trails, playgrounds, a splash pad, and even a large lake on which visitors can fish (make sure you get a license beforehand). There are also sports courts, including tennis, volleyball, basketball, and baseball/softball.
“People come out for picnics, or to race remote controlled boats on the lake,” Sandy says. She mentions that it’s a definite local favorite, which is backed up by the fact that it is the five-time recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award for Best Park, as decided by the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas poll.
Bonnie Springs Ranch
Sandy brought up this unique old western town as a family-friendly destination that parents and kids will all love. Adjacent to the beautiful Red Rock Canyon, the town has a beautiful backdrop that anyone can appreciate (especially after the neon of the strip).
You’ll pay a small fee to enter the town, and then you’ll be able to enjoy all that Bonnie Springs has to offer. Eat lunch in the saloon restaurant, take a peaceful horseback ride, visit the blacksmith’s shop, or try your luck at the shooting gallery. Stop by the museum for a taste of Nevada history, and even witness re-enactments of shootouts and western melodramas.
It’s a step back in time, all within modern-day Vegas.
If you’re looking to explore the more “natural” side of Vegas, any of Sandy’s suggestions would be a great place to start. Or, take your outdoor adventure to the next level (and meet more Vegas area experts like Sandy) on a Pink Jeep Tour. With highly trained guides and incredible tour itineraries, you’ll see the very best that Vegas has to offer—even beyond the Strip.
Keep an eye out for Part 2, for more of Sandy’s recommendations!
We all know that Vegas is a great place to go for some good, adult fun (what happens there, stays there, right?). But what about the kids? Can families have a some good, clean fun in Vegas? Short answer: absolutely!
Vegas offers many opportunities for traveling families to have a great time. The great food and incredible shopping is a given, but there’s also tons of entertainment options for parents and kids to enjoy together. Here are a few of our favorite, family-friendly things to do in Las Vegas.
Pink Jeep Tours. The most recognized tour company in Vegas (and not just because of those bright pink Jeeps!), Pink Jeep Tours offers tours of Vegas and beyond. You can explore the main attractions of Vegas by day or by night, or venture beyond the city to the Hoover Dam, the Valley of Fire State Park, or the majestic Red Rock Canyon. The entire family will love the chance to share a little adventure in a pink Jeep!
The High Roller. This 550-foot tall Ferris wheel gives your family a bird’s eye view of the Vegas Strip. Located at the LINQ hotel, this is one destination you can feel good about bringing the whole family to.
Adventuredome theme park at Circus Circus. With roller coasters, miniature golf, a rock-climbing wall, and dozens of other rides and attractions, Adventuredome hosts indoor fun that the family can enjoy together.
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. Dive into this aquarium experience at one of Vegas’s most well-known resorts. The Shark Reef’s main tank is one of the largest in North America, and it is home to thousands of sharks, fish, and other underwater creatures. You can even travel through the shark tunnel, where you’ll be surrounded by aquatic life on all sides.
Springs Preserve. This outdoor oasis gives families the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Vegas. Located just 3 miles outside of downtown, the preserve features gardens, walking trails, museum galleries, and more that teach you about the geology, wildlife, and history of the Vegas area. It’s a can’t-miss attraction for families in Vegas!
Gameworks at Town Square. Got games? Gameworks does! The whole family can have a blast with the games, rides, entertainment, and food at Gameworks.
Pinball Hall of Fame. The Pinball Hall of Fame gives your family a museum experience that has something for everyone. With over 200 pinball machines for various games, it’ll give your family a fun stroll through the past.
Water parks in Vegas.Cool off by visiting one of the popular water parks in the Vegas area. Whether it’s Wet & Wild or Cowabunga Bay, your family will love soaking up the sun (and the water) at these popular, kid-friendly destinations.
Free show at Treasure Island.Weather permitting, this show takes place at the entrance to the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. It’s free to stand by and watch, so take the whole family and enjoy some complimentary entertainment.
Bonnie Springs Ranch. This Old West town outside of Vegas gives your family a chance to step back in time for horseback riding, train rides, a museum, and more.
Head to the Grand Canyon. Vegas is actually a great home base for a trip to the Grand Canyon. Hop on a comfortable tour vehicle and travel through the desert to the canyon, where you’ll get world-famous views and world-class service from a highly-trained tour guide. It’s the best way to see the Grand Canyon from Vegas; it’s like two vacations in one!
This summer, don’t leave your family behind when you go to Vegas. Take the entire family for a trip that’s full of memories, excitement, adventure—and probably a whole lot of neon—in fabulous Las Vegas!
Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day with your adventurous dad this year? If the dad you’re celebrating likes a little more excitement than most Father’s Day gifts can offer (he doesn’t need another “World’s Best Dad” mug, anyway), we’ve got the perfect solution: Vegas, baby!
Vegas is the perfect place to celebrate Father’s Day with your adventurous dad. And the best part is you don’t even have to step foot in a casino (unless, you know, you want to). Here are some great adventures you can have with your dad in Vegas this Father’s Day.
Rocky Gap Adventure Tour. This rugged, backcountry tour will take you off the pavement and onto Rocky Gap road, an old pioneer trail that winds through Red Rock Canyon. You’ll see the incredible scenery in the wilderness surrounding Vegas from an open-air Jeep, with an awesome tour guide taking you to all the best photo spots and teaching you all about the fascinating history and culture of the area. With pickup and drop-off at your Vegas hotel, you won’t find a more convenient, more exciting, and more memorable adventure anywhere in the Vegas area.
Hot air balloon ride. Get a bird’s eye view of Vegas from a hot air balloon. The sweeping vistas will stick with you for a lifetime (but bring your camera anyway!), and the memories you make with your dad will last even longer. This is the perfect option for any age.
Slotzilla or Voodoo Zip Line. Fly above Vegas with only the help of a harness and some cables. There are a few different companies that offer this experience in Vegas, but it’s sure to be exciting no matter which one you choose. This adventure isn’t for the timid, but your fun-loving dad will love it!
Indoor Skydiving. Cross an item off dad’s bucket list and take him skydiving in the best way possible: indoors! No need to jump out of a plane to get the thrilling, weightless feeling of falling through the air. Indoor skydiving experiences use high output motors to power propellers that keep you airborne in a simulated skydive. It’s high-thrills, a ton of fun, and a totally memorable gift for Dad this Father’s Day.
Richard Petty Driving Experience. What dad hasn’t dreamed of getting behind the wheel of an actual racecar? Any adventurous dad would love the chance to handle an authentic racecar around a real race track. If dad’s more comfortable in the passenger’s seat, he can ride along with a professional driving instructor for some high-speed laps.
Bright Lights Vegas Jeep Tour. Don’t want to miss the highlights of Vegas? Don’t settle for a walk down the Strip. Instead, venture out in an open-air Jeep that will take you to all the best Vegas stops, including Wedding Chapel Row, the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” neon sign, the pawn shop from “Pawn Stars,” and Fremont Street. Take in the lights, hear about all the urban legends, and see the very best sights on this can’t-miss tour.
Don’t miss out on the chance to have a real adventure with Dad this Father’s Day. Treat your dad to a unique and exciting Vegas trip he’ll never forget!