Let’s be honest, not many people actually go to “Nevada”. However, Las Vegas tops the lists as one of the top tourist cities in the world. So despite being one of the most visited states, Nevada as a whole, doesn’t get much attention.

 Las Vegas, on the other hand, constantly boasts about its top of the line accommodations. From the beautiful hotels, to the shows, to the food, Las Vegas offers guests a full vacation experience.

Bellagio Fountains

Bellagio Fountains

But what about taking kids to Vegas?

A few years ago we had the opportunity to take our children to Las Vegas. Although I’m always eager to add a new state to our collection I declined the trip. Having never been to Vegas myself, I could not fathom taking kids to that environment. Everything I’d ever seen, or heard about Vegas raised red flags in my mind.

Now, I don’t want to leave you with the impression that I was entirely incorrect. Of course, MANY things in Vegas are completely inappropriate for kids. But at the end of the day, I saw how much Vegas did have to offer kids. I try not to live with regrets, so I can’t say I’m sorry we didn’t take the kids on that trip. There will be a “next time” and this time, I will be ready!

The Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

The Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

When our family visits Nevada, of course, we will spend time in Las Vegas. But we’ll also try to show our kids Nevada! One of my favorite memories from our trip to Vegas was our day-trip to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Other non-Vegas cities in Nevada that we plan to hit: Lake Tahoe, Elko, and Virginia City. We also want to visit several parks including: Great Basin National Park, Valley of Fire State Park, and the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Here are a few great websites I found for planning a trip to Nevada:

Hoover Dam With Kids

Valley of Fire State Park

Lake Tahoe With Kids

Things To Do In Las Vegas With Kids

65 Family Friendly Places To Visit In Vegas

Have you taken your kids to Vegas? 

Here are a few of my posts about some other great places to travel with kids: New York City; Chicago; and Washington.

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