Football in the Desert:Planning Your Las Vegas Super Bowl Getaway
And whether you’re trying to get closer to the action or just looking to play the odds because you have a “really good feeling,” it’s time to start planning that perfect desert getaway.
So, from affordable options to hang your hat, a packing list, or just a few activities beyond the casinos and shows, we’ve got you covered with our guide to Sin City.
Things To Do
Obviously, there’s no shortage of entertainment in Vegas. However, if you want something beyond a dance with Lady Luck or shows with acrobats and bald blue people, there are a ton of great ways to pass the time before kickoff.
Okay, if you’re looking for something well outside the ordinary, you simply have to check out Meow Wolf. On paper, it’s just an art installation, but in reality, it’s a completely immersive experience unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. One minute, you’re in the lobby of a grocery store, and the next, you’re walking through a freezer door into a setting straight out of Alice in Wonderland. It’s an experience that is difficult to explain but easy to enjoy. Trust us on this one.
The Grand Canyon
If you’re already in that neck of the woods, why not explore one of the greatest natural phenomena known to man? Granted, you easily could turn a visit into a week-long adventure hiking down and back (or rafting), but even if you just want to make a day of it to score a breathtaking view and souvenir photo, the Grand Canyon has plenty to offer.
The Mob Museum
History buffs won’t want to miss the Mob Museum as it takes visitors through the underground origins of Sin City. Brush up on the stories of the infamous mobsters who built the town through immersive exhibits and a distillery tour chronicling the Prohibition era.
The Hoover Dam
Speaking of taking a trip through history, while you’re at it, you might even tour the Hoover Dam. Widely considered the “greatest dam ever built,” the tour takes you along some incredible views while giving you a crash course on one of the most impressive feats of modern engineering. At the end, you even get to stop at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory to treat your sweet tooth.
Stratosphere Observation Deck
Want to get the best view of the city lights? Make your way up the Strat Tower, where you’ll find unobstructed observation decks, thrill rides, and a 360º dining experience in the Top of the World restaurant makes quite a memorable evening out.
Campgrounds to Hang Your Hat
When you think of Vegas, you think of iconic hotels, and while they certainly live up to the hype, you might find yourself wanting something a little off the beaten path. Or, more candidly, something that won’t break the bank. Regardless, here are a few great options to keep you close to the action without sacrificing a quality stay.
Canyon Trail RV Park
Close to both Vegas and the Hoover Dam, Canyon Trail offers hundreds of sites with plenty of room for you and your party to sprawl out. In between exploring “Sin City” and catching the game, you can sneak in some lakeside fishing or just make an afternoon of it hanging out by the pool and spa.
Mojave Desert Ranch
A glamping option only an hour away in Sandy Valley, Mojave Desert Ranch is a luxurious retreat tucked away on a dude ranch. With plenty of horseback riding, hiking, and the occasional rodeo, it’s a Western adventure you can take in at your own pace.
Duck Creek RV Park
A short drive away from the Strip, Duck Creek offers excellent Wi-Fi, a heated pool, a hot tub, and a rec room to decompress. Plus, with bookings starting at $38 a night, it’s an economical way to maximize your time out in the desert.
The Goddess Cottage
Looking to take a solo trip to the desert? How about a solo trip in a beautifully reimagined shipping container that’s only minutes away from the city? That’s an oddly specific request, but you’re in luck because the Goddess Cottage has you covered. With a camping aesthetic mixed with the comfort of home and access to city amenities, it has a little bit of everything.
Las Vegas RV Resort
With palm trees, mountain views, and just a rock’s throw or two away from the action, Las Vegas RV Resort is a great place to wind down at the end of an eventful day. It’s also a gated, adult-only community if you’re looking to feel even more relaxed.
What to Pack
While you’re gearing up for a weekend in the desert, make sure you pack accordingly. In addition to your team’s colors, here are a few extra items to bring in your carry-on.
Whether you’re staying active during the day or heading out for a night on the town, you’ll need to dress the part. Here are a few ideas for versatile outfits to help you travel light.
While this probably goes without saying, heat exhaustion is no joke. Keep a trusty water bottle at your side and stay hydrated.
One minute, you’re hiking the desert; the next, you’re pacing along the strip. Either way, it’s a good idea to bring multiple pairs of shoes to match the occasion.
When you’re in the heat of the afternoon, and that sun’s beating down, you’ll want to be covered. Sunscreen, lip balm, long sleeves, and a broad hat will serve you well.
Wildsam Las Vegas Field Guide
If you’re looking for some further guidance, Wildsam’s Las Vegas guide offers stories from various writers as well as illustrated maps showcasing great spots for hiking, food, landmarks, art, entertainment, and just about anything else you’d want for a memorable trip.
Make the Most of Your Trip
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