A Late Night View of Los Angeles from Mount Hollywood at the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

Any time, day or night, if you are looking for an iconic view of the city of Los Angeles, take a ride up to Mount Hollywood to tour the grounds of the Griffith Observatory, all located in the legendary Griffith Park. As you can see, even with an iphone, and in the midst of foggy conditions, it’s GORGEOUS! In real life, it’s even more stunning!

Love Locks on Mount Hollywood – Griffith Park – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

While I certainly have mixed feelings on whether we should really be weighting structures all over the world with our romantic feelings for one another… In the moment that you actually find some, Let’s just say, it’s an “Awwwww…. Moment.” And seeing the lights of Los Angeles in the valley below, with the Love Locks in the foreground… Well, that’s definitely a “Wow Moment!” But, for the record, I’m not officially recommending you go out and do it yourself! We definitely encourage a “Leave No Trace” mindset, wherever you go!

Mango Snow Flower Bingsu at Little Bean Cafe – Koreatown Galleria – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

Our final Korean indulgence for the evening was a Mango and Milk Snow Flower Bingsu from Little Bean Cafe in the Koreatown Galleria. Bingsoo is a popular Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings that may include chopped fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup, and red beans. Varieties with ingredients other than red beans are called bingsu. Our bingsu was a light, creamy milk-based bed of shaved ice, covered in fresh mango! Mmmm! A perfect finale to a fabulous day exploring Koreatown Los Angeles!

Boba Tea at Little Bean Cafe – Koreatown Galleria – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

After a big dinner at Street Food of Seoul in City Center on 6th, it was now time to start hitting some dessert! At Little Bean Cafe in the Koreatown Galleria, we started with a round of Bubble Tea for everyone! Honeydew, Almond, and Thai Milk Teas! Unfortunately, they were out of Boba for the evening, but the teas are still awesome even without the toppings!

Shopping Adventures at Koreatown Galleria – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

We came to Koreatown Galleria primarily to do some shopping at Choice Music LA. But, there were tons of cute shops throughout the mall, and we thoroughly enjoyed perusing the wares! Young Art is a Korean Gift Shop with all sorts of Asian-inspired toys, books, stationary items, and collectible goodies. We got some notebooks, stickers, and a few other cute mementos. Mint Gift also offers gorgeous Korean collectibles and household decor. I got a teddy bear in a gorgeous traditional Korean hanbok.

Choice Music Flagship Retail Store at Koreatown Galleria – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

THE place to buy K-Pop Music and Merch is Choice Music. They’ve long been our Go-To ordering site for everything K-Pop. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with their Flagship Retail Location in the Koreatown Galleria, we HAD to stop by and see their merch selection first hand! Choice Music LA is is DEFINITELY the stuff K-Pop dreams are made of!

A Little Fog Rolling in to Downtown LA – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

Enjoying a lovely night in L.A. as the fog rolls in and gives it a surreal sort of feeling! Palm trees, blowing in the Pacific Breezes, as they frame tall buildings against the opaque skies… The mystery and intrigue is so heavy in the air, it envelops you! Los Angeles is that kind of place!

Street Food of Seoul at City Center on 6th Koreatown – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

In the food court of City Center on 6th in the Koreatown neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles, you will find several phenomenal choices for Korean and Asian food options. Street Food of Seoul had SO many menu choices! And the family that operates this restaurant was amazingly kind!

Ube Ah Boong at SomiSomi – MaDang Courtyard Koreatown – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

SomiSomi Soft Serve & Taiyaki serves up a super fun and absolutely delicious snack-style dessert called Ah Boong! Ah Boong is a fish-shaped waffle cone, known as taiyaki, stuffed with your choice of filling, swirled with soft serve ice cream, and decorated with any combination of the toppings you desire! First, you pick your filling from choices like Custard, Nutella, Red Bean, Red Bean and Cream Cheese, and Taro. Then, ice cream flavors range from Milk, Matcha, Ube, and Black Sesame, to Horchata, Strawberry, Banana, and more! Some flavors are even swirled together for added taste-bud excitement! Finish off your…

Random Shots Along Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue – Koreatown – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

Heading through the Koreatown vicinity of Los Angeles, just west of Downtown… Along Wilshire Boulevard for a bit, and Western Avenue for a while. Just a few random shots with a hint of some LA flavor!

Love Struck by D*Face – Los Angeles, California – 12/07/2019

Heading Eastbound along the Santa Monica Freeway, you can catch a glimpse of another masterpiece by British Street Artist D*Face. D*Face is one of our favorites to spot on our travels! We’ve seen his work now in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Fort Smith, Arkansas! Love Struck is physically located at 3040 Robertson BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90034 And this image was a quick shot from I-10! Click on the links and photos to learn more about D*Face!

Santa Monica Sisters – Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica, California – 12/07/2019

Love my girls… And, fortunately, they love each other! #siblings#love

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica, California – 12/07/2019

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier offers loads of classic Amusement Park fun! Roller Coasters, a Ferris Wheel, Rides, Games, and all the fair-inspired eats! Funnel Cake, anyone? If you’re in the Santa Monica area, be sure to check out America’s #1 Pleasure Pier! Smack dab at the very end of Route 66!

Hustle and Bustle on Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica, California – 12/07/2019

With the hustle and bustle along the iconic Santa Monica Pier, you never know what you’re going to find! One thing is for sure, as America’s Greatest Pleasure Pier, you WILL find FUN!

Santa Monica State Beach at the Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica, California – 12/07/2019

At the end of Route 66, you’ll find the bustling Pacific Beach area of Santa Monica, California! The iconic Santa Monica Pier, surrounded by the sandy stretches of Santa Monica State Beach. The Pacific Ocean before you is surprisingly natural, in contrast to the steady population just beyond. I imagine on a sunny day, the beach would be pretty busy… But, on this cool, overcast winter day, the natural areas were quite lovely, with iconic Americana situated atop the Santa Monica Pier just to our left!

Destination: Pacific Ocean! – Santa Monica, California – 12/07/2019

Mountains are gorgeous, and cities are fun… But there will always be something alluringly surreal about the call of the Pacific Ocean! Overcast skies, the crashing of the waves, the cries of the seagulls… Cool, moist, briny air… Sand beneath your toes, water lapping at your heels… Marine life in its vast entirety, beckoning to you from their home!

Sights and Sounds of California State Route 14 South – Mojave, California to Acton, California – 12/07/2019

Leaving Red Rock Canyon State Park, heading South on California State Route 14, you can find all sorts of interesting sights out your window! You’ve got the Beacon Solar Project, with fields of solar panels as far as the eye can see! Desert landscape, snowy mountains, Joshua Trees, clouds, wind turbines at the Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm, and more! The deserts are alive! Wildlife, vegetation, weather, and technology!

A Joshua Tree Adventure Along the Hagen Canyon Nature Trail at Red Rock Canyon State Park – Cantil, California – 12/07/2019

I guess I’m a bit of a U2 Fan Girl, and that tends to show itself when I’m in the Desert Habitats of the Western US and find myself with the opportunity to dance amongst the Joshua Trees! Yucca brevifolia are a unique, intriguing, and absolutely iconic plant to enjoy! And the Joshua Trees do grow in abundance in Red Rock Canyon State Park! And that just goes to show, Everything in life can be educational! Get out there and explore! And, you know, it never hurts to have a good soundtrack for the adventure!

Desert Vegetation at Hagen Canyon Nature Trail at Red Rock Canyon State Park – Cantil, California – 12/07/2019

It’s amazing how much you can learn just by exploring one certain trail, or area, or habitat. Geology, Earth Science, Weather, Plants, Botany, Human History, Wildlife, Biology… And so much more! The Hagen Canyon Nature Trail in the Red Rock Canyon State Park has it all! We can (and often do) literally spend HOURS just examining plants, seeds, leaves, roots… Studying the parts of the flowers. Or maybe the insects that live in them. Or their place in the food chain of their surrounding habitat. If you want your kids to learn, just go for a walk! Get out into the world,…

Creek Walking at Hagen Canyon Nature Trail at Red Rock Canyon State Park – Cantil, California – 12/07/2019

Geological Formations are greatly impacted by the process of erosion, and exploring the creek beds in and around Hagen Canyon at Red Rock Canyon State Park is a great way to experience real-time erosion. Get up close and personal to observe how the water gently trickling through the creek bed effects the mineral grains as they pass. Just a little hands on geology learning fun while enjoying the Canyon Trails! Your little rock hounds will have a blast exploring!

Exploring the Geology of Hagen Canyon Nature Trail at Red Rock Canyon State Park – Cantil, California – 12/07/2019

Nothing makes me happier than time spent exploring red sandstone formations! Buttes, cliffs, curtains, spires, and more! We definitely want to come back and experience even more of this stunning unit of the California State Park System. Hagen Canyon Trail in the Red Rock Canyon State Park is AWESOME!

Hiking the Hagen Canyon Nature Trail at Red Rock Canyon State Park – Cantil, California – 12/07/2019

My favorite landscapes on the entire planet! Red Rocks! I absolutely live for traversing the red sandstone trails and formations! The geological wonders never cease to amaze me! It was still a little foggy out, so the photos aren’t as brilliant as I wish they could have been under bluer skies. But, there’s no place I’d rather be, no matter what the weather! We definitely want to come back and spend even more time in this gorgeous unit of the California State Park System. Hagen Canyon Trail in the Red Rock Canyon State Park is AWESOME!

Joshua Trees Shrouded in Desert Fog – Inyokern, California – 12/07/2019

Leaving Ridgecrest, through Inyokern, and then along California State Route 14, it was a foggy morning across the desert flatlands! But the Joshua Trees shrouded in fog made for a fun visual!

French Toast and Croissants at Roxanne’s Cafe Inside the Clarion Inn – Ridgecrest, California – 12/07/2019

Roxanne’s Cafe, located at the Clarion Inn of Ridgecrest, California, offered a selection of surprisingly good free breakfast choices. While not a buffet, you instead got your choice of one menu item and a drink, included in the price of your room. French Toast, Eggs, and Bacon And a Breakfast Croissant with a Side of Fresh Fruit. UPDATE: It looks like the restaurant at the Clarion formerly known as Roxanne’s is now operating as Charlie’s Pub and Grill. Let us know if you like it!

Midnight in Death Valley – Death Valley National Park – Death Valley, California – 12/06/2019

Midnight Adventures can often be the best kind of adventures. But, let me tell you, It’s DARK in Death Valley! And you can’t see much of ANYTHING. So, we can certainly say we were here. But, it’s also HIGH on our list of things to get back to as soon as we can! Along with all of the other California National Parks. But driving through the park, not being able to see a THING… Fun, yes. But it will be that much more awesome when we can actually see and experience Death Valley in the daytime, with our feet on…

Thanks for Visiting Nevada! – Beatty, Nevada – 12/06/2019

And, just like that, our time in Nevada is done! It’s been a fabulous trip, though! Make sure you check out all our Nevada Adventures! Next on the agenda, California Dreaming! See ya there!

A Late Night in Rhyolite Historic Site: A Nevada Ghost Town – Rhyolite, Nevada – 12/06/2019

A friend of mine told us about the Death Valley Ghost Town of Rhyolite. The Rhyolite Historic Townsite was a gold rush era boomtown that came to life in 1904. Gone almost as quickly as it arrived, the town was completely abandoned by 1916. We did intend to arrive during the day to explore the historic townsite a little more intimately. But, experiencing a Ghost Town in the dark definitely made for a unique end to our time in Nevada. We even saw some Wild Burros amongst the ruins. Rhyolite is 35 miles from the Death Valley National Park Furnace…

An Area 51 Amargosa Valley Sunset – Amargosa Valley, Nevada – 12/06/2019

Something is definitely going on in the skies over Area 51! As we were leaving the Area 51 Alien Center, the sunset was INCREDIBLE. I mean, like, WOW. Dare I say, other-worldly WOW. As we continued North on US95, the colors just kept getting more and more intense! As the vibrant skies silhouetted the mountains beneath, I’d say it was a sunset we’ll never forget!

Area 51 Alien Center – Amargosa Valley, Nevada – 12/06/2019

When you don’t always know where you’re going, you never know exactly what you’re going to find! We’re in the middle of the Nevada desert, and where do we end up? Area 51! Aliens? Extra-Terrestrials? Little Green Men? We might have seen a few of those! Learn More About Area 51 and Aliens!

US Route 95 North – Las Vegas, Nevada into Amargosa Valley, Nevada – 12/06/2019

Heading North out of Las Vegas, Nevada, US Route 95 is an incredibly scenic highway! Through vast desert landscapes, you’ll be surrounded by geology that makes you feel like you’re on another planet! 20 miles North of Vegas, along the Eastern side of US95, lies the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument. From there, you’ll have The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and then Mount Charleston and The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area along the Western Side. So much to see. So much to do! And the sunsets are brilliant!

Bad Owl Coffee Roasters – A Harry Potter Themed Coffee Shop – Henderson, Nevada – 12/06/2019

Bad Owl Coffee Roasters… Is Oh, So Good! One of these days I’m going to get around to making a “Best of the Best Coffee Shops” List… And, thus far, Bad Owl would be in THE Number One position… Their selection of Signature Drinks was out of this world… And they were GORGEOUS! This was actually our first experience with a Cold Brew. And I still dream of its tantalizingly delicious awesomeness! There was no way we could narrow down our choices any more than we did. We literally walked out of here with SIX drinks! And every single drink…

Sights and Sounds of Hoover Dam – Hover Dam, Nevada – 12/06/2019

The walk across the dam, and the sights of Lake Mead and the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, are the more commonly iconic shots from a trip to Hoover Dam. But, even without taking the tour, there is still a lot more to see and do! A museum with interactive exhibits showcasing the flood control and irrigation benefits for farmers south of the dam in the Colorado River Basin; monuments; sculptures; memorials to workers that dedicated their lives to the construction of this marvel; and even a touching tribute to “The Dog Who Owned a Dam,” the beloved mascot of…

Walking Across Hoover Dam – Hoover Dam, Nevada – 12/06/2019

Hoover Dam makes a great Day Trip from Las Vegas! Walk across the dam itself, or take a tour all the way down to the bottom! It’s actually fascinating to see the infrastructure and learn the history of this GIANT marvel of modern construction!

Hands-On Learning at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Visitor Center – Boulder City, Nevada – 12/06/2019

You’re never too old for hands-on learning! Toddlers, teens, and everyone in between! National Parks are some of the greatest places for multi-generational learning! Heck, bring the Grandparents along on YOUR next National Park Adventure! If you’re passing through Boulder City, Nevada on your way to Hoover Dam, be sure to stop by the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Visitor Center to learn even more about the plants, animals, geology, and engineering technology behind the Colorado River, Lake Mead, and Hoover Dam areas!

Desert Gardens at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Visitor Center – Boulder City, Nevada – 12/06/2019

If you’re in the area to pay a visit to Hoover Dam, don’t forget to stop by the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Visitor Center in Boulder City, Nevada! Right along your path to the dam, pull into the Visitor Center to grab a Junior Ranger Booklet, Stamp Your National Park Cancellation Stamp Books, and check out the Indoor Exhibits and the Outdoor Desert Gardens! So many fun and interesting cactus species to experience up close and personal! And other types of sage brush, yucca, and more! Some of these things are MASSIVE! But, be careful! They ARE prickly!

Vegetarian Creativity on the Continental Breakfast – Boulder City, Nevada – 12/06/2019

We always adore every opportunity we get for fancy French pastries, or colorful, flavorful doughnuts. But, breakfast is also a little awesome, when it’s FREE. One of the biggest complaints you can read about in hotel reviews is the quality of a continental breakfast. And, yeah, they’re not usually serving up French Almond Croissants, or Blueberry Crepes a la mode… But, a little creativity can go a long way! When you have one kid that’s a practicing Vegetarian, and blossoming Vegan, sometimes you have to use a LOT of creativity! But, hey, we got the job done! Whole Wheat English…

Waking Up at Lake Mead – Boulder City, Nevada – 12/06/2019

Leaving behind the glitz and the glam of Las Vegas, it’s a lazy morning waking up in the desert mountains of Nevada, along the shoreline of Lake Mead! No more giant casino resorts, traded instead for a simple, modest, quiet room with a view! We had a blast in the city, but we always look forward to more time off the beaten path exploring National Parks and Natural Wonders! Stay tuned for some Desert Fun coming your way!

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada! – The Welcome to Las Vegas Sign – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/02019

The time has come to say goodbye to Fabulous Las Vegas! What better way to head out, than by stopping at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign! The iconic sign, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1959, remains one of the most highly visited and Instagram-friendly hot spots in the entire US! As we bid our own farewell to the City of Excitement, your adventure is just beginning! We hope you have found some great inspiration here on the Smiles Per Gallon Family Adventure Network! Be sure to check out ALL our posts from this Vegas Trip!…

Southbound on the Strip! – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

Night falls yet again on the City of Indulgence! Neon lights and iconic architecture are what Vegas does best! At night, the true essence of the World’s Biggest Playground comes to life! Random bits from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas The Shops at Crystals New York New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Excalibur Hotel & Casino Luxor Resort & Casino

Mommin’ Some Birthday Magic with a Cheesecake CrazyShake® From Black Tap Las Vegas – Inside The Venetian Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

The girls decided to treat me to some awesome Vegas Birthday Magic! Dinner and Dessert at Black Tap Vegas inside The Venetian Resort! Our first experience with Black Tap was in the heart of New York City, but we fell in love with the EXTREME Craft Burgers and CrazyShake® Milkshakes! When in Vegas, you have to do Birthday Magic RIGHT, and Black Tap is a lusciously delicious choice indeed! Somewhere, I do have more photos of the entire meal, but for now, revel in the awesomeness that is a Black Tap CrazyShake®! Happy Crazy Magic Birthday to Me! Interested in…

The World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain at the Bellagio Patisserie in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

Everything at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino is so deliberately and exquisitely designed, with such attention to gorgeous detail you won’t experience anywhere else! From the Fountains of Bellagio Water Show, to the Fiori di Como by Chihuly Glass Ceilings, to the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens… And everything in between! But, did you know, the Bellagio Patisserie, in addition to their extensive selection of artisan chocolates, luscious gelatos, impeccably gorgeous desserts, Sweet and Savory Crepes, Fruits, Pastries, Breads, and MORE… Is also home to The World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain? The Bellagio Chocolate Fountain is certified by Guinness World Records as THE Largest Chocolate…

Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Cake and French Almond Croissants at The Bellagio Patisserie in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

So many lovely things can be found in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino! From the Fountains of Bellagio Water Show, to the Fiori di Como by Chihuly Glass Ceilings, to the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens… And everything in between! High atop the list of Divine Must-Do Bellagio Experiences, is checking out the The Bellagio Patisserie! Not only do they have an absolutely extensive selection of artisan chocolates, luscious gelatos, and impeccably gorgeous desserts, but they have an exquisite array of Sweet and Savory Crepes, Fruits, Pastries, Breads, and MORE! We started with the Savory Italian Crepes! But, those desserts…….

Savory Italian Crepes at The Bellagio Patisserie in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

On our way to the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, we chanced across the Bellagio Patisserie and HAD to grab a bite! Or several, actually! We decided to go for a savory snack before indulging in something a bit more rich! So, we started with the Savory Italian Crepes! Pesto Aioli, Arugula, Roasted Yellow and Red Cherry Tomatoes, on Fresh Mozzarella! Absolutely Divine! They also have a lovely menu of salads and sandwiches. And, of course, DESSERT! But, that’s a whole ‘nother post!

Christmas Beyond Your Wildest Dreams Comes to Life in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens! – Bellagio Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

Experiencing the larger-than-life, absolutely jaw-droppingly STUNNING sculptures made COMPLETELY out of FLOWERS in the heart of The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is my FAVORITE Vegas adventure of all times! There are NO words for the sheer magnificence of these creations! The glitz, the glam… 14 THOUSAND square feet… MILLIONS of flowers! No detail is left unconsidered, down to the tiniest flower petal in just the right spot! The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens takes a team of 120 dedicated horticulturists to design, create, maintain, and then regularly rotate these sculptures according to season or special events, or even just…

A Myriad of Magic at the Bellagio – Bellagio Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

No trip to Las Vegas should be deemed complete without exploring the stunning opulence of The Bellagio Hotel and Casino! From the festive Fountains of Bellagio Water Show in the 8 acre lake in front of the hotel, to the lobby’s masterpiece “Fiori di Como” colorful glass ceiling by legendary glassblower Dale Chihuly… From extravagant shops and tantalizing restaurants throughout; to the stunning holiday decor, and luxurious attention to detail everywhere you turn… To the absolutely jaw-dropping splendor of the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens… Experience the grandeur that is Las Vegas by strolling through the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and…

Fountains of Bellagio Water Show – Bellagio Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

One of the most iconic destinations along The Las Vegas Strip! The Fountains of Bellagio Water Show at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino! Generally, the fountain shows are every 30 minutes during the afternoon and early evening, and every 15 minutes after dark, but be sure to check the current official Fountains of Bellagio Water Show Daily Schedule here. Musical accompaniments vary, and this particular show was set to Christmas music! Always so very lovely to enjoy! And, hey, while you’re at it, check out this way cool LEGO version of The Fountains of Bellagio Water Show at the Bellagio…

LOVE – I LOVE SUGAR Las Vegas Flagship Location – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

Okay, so maybe it’s just the door to a candy shop. But, it IS a 14,000 Flagship Location of THE World’s Largest Candy Shop Experience. And, you know, because LOVE. And LOVE is sweet. Check out I LOVE SUGAR! Now Open at The LINQ Promenade!

I LOVE SUGAR Flagship Location at The LINQ Promenade – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

I LOVE SUGAR wasn’t quite ready yet when we were passing through town, but it’s open now! You should definitely check out this Flagship location in The LINQ Promenade! Billed as the largest Candy Store Experience in the World, I LOVE SUGAR boasts over 14,000 square feet of sugar-coated bliss! And, hey, lots of super sweet Instagrammable nuggets as well! Giant Gummy Bears, anyone?

The High Roller – Las Vegas Observation Wheel – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

The LINQ Promenade is one of the newest and hottest spots on the Las Vegas Strip! And the crown jewel of the Promenade experience is the High Roller! It’s the Las Vegas Observation Wheel! And Vegas knows how to make a wheel! The High Roller is billed as the World’s Tallest Observation Wheel, standing over 550 feet tall! You can fit 40 people in a pod! Wow! 360 degree views of The Strip below, and the vast Las Vegas Valley beyond! And you don’t even have to stay seated! You are free to get up, walk around, and enjoy the…

The LINQ Promenade – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

From The LINQ Hotel, back to The High Roller, The LINQ Promenade offer a little something for everyone! Yummy cookies, extreme milkshakes, Celebrity Restaurants, Comedy Clubs, Themed Nightlife, Sweet Shoppes, Instagrammable Art Installations, and MORE! Oh, and don’t forget to look UP! The FLY LINQ Zipline Vegas is right over your head! And, since it was December, we got to experience some Vegas Christmas Decor! Check out the awesomely festive trees!

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

Conveniently located in the middle of it all, the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is a great family-friendly lodging choice! In the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, right on The LINQ Promenade, home to the High Roller Observation Wheel and the FLY LINQ Zipline Experience, you can’t beat the location and the value! With fun resort amenities, and a loaded food court with lots of kid-friendly favorites, your meal options are never far away! Be sure to check out the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat! This FREE experience lets kids get up close and personal with a flock of Chilean…

The LINQ® Hotel + Experience – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

The LINQ® Hotel + Experience in Las Vegas offers a LOT in the Family Fun Department! The LINQ Promenade includes the High Roller, the modern, over-the-top Vegas version of a ferris wheel! And the FLY LINQ Zipline Vegas! And tons of other restaurants, cafes, diners, sweet shoppes, ice cream, cookies, and MORE! Oh, and did we mention it’s affordable? Which makes it a great consideration for accommodations for your next family jaunt to Vegas!

Walking the Las Vegas Strip – From Treasure Island to The LINQ – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

From Treasure Island to The LINQ® Hotel Las Vegas, we took a little walk along Las Vegas Boulevard! There is always so much to see and do, just walking up or down the Las Vegas Strip!

Outside The Palazzo Hotel at The Venetian Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

More opulent luxury along the Las Vegas Strip! Outside The Palazzo Hotel at The Venetian Resort in lovely Las Vegas, Nevada

Outside The Venetian Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

Stepping out onto the Las Vegas Strip, via the lovely and luxurious stylings of The Venetian Resort! No detail was left untouched in the grandeur of the entire Venetian property, indoors and out! Shops, restaurants, bakeries, Italian flavor, museums, shows, attractions, music… And, most wonderful of all, the Outdoor Gondola Ride! Both options are magical, floating along the Grand Canal, beneath skies fresco, or al fresco! But on a beautiful day such as today, the sunshine gives your outdoor serenade that much more brightness and warmth!

A Few Interior Shots of The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

The architecture, decor, and overall ambiance of each casino hotel and resort is absolutely larger-than-life and completely unique! I think one of the best parts about Vegas, is literally just walking through each property and taking in all of the details that make each place so magically special! Here, are a few random interior shots of The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort… Mixed in with some festive Christmas decor! The Venetian is one of my favorite properties, and the details of The Palazzo are so rich, and so elegant!

LOVE – Monumental Word Series by Laura Kimpton – In the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

Created by artist Laura Kimpton, as part of her Monumental Word Series, the LOVE art installation stands proudly with the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium, inside The Venetian Resort. Bird-stamped, 12 foot tall, red steel letters stretch their message of love over 36 feet wide! Mix a little Christmas spirit in with the stunning gardens accompanying the lovely falls, and it’s Larger-Than-Life Vegas at its finest!

A Little Indulgence at Sloan’s Homemade Ice Cream Sweet Shoppe – The Grand Canal Shoppes of The Venetian Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

They don’t call it Sin City for nothin’! If you’re looking for some serious G-Rated indulgence for your crew, step inside the luxurious decadence that is Sloan’s Homemade Ice Cream! These EXTREME desserts are what Vegas moments are all about! Homemade ice cream available in a cone… Or a flower pot… Or a sandcastle bucket… Or a kitchen sink! Doughnuts the size of your head! Candied apples far too beautiful to eat! Cake pops, brownies, truffles, candies, smoothies, milk shakes, banana splits, and so much more! Guaranteed to make your sweet tooth feel like a million bucks! Check out their…

The Venetian Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2010

It’s impossible to pick a favorite casino resort experience in Las Vegas. They each offer such uniquely exciting experiences! Even with kids, there are countless shows, attractions, exhibits, shopping, dining, and who knows what else! Any way I could make my list, though, I’m positive The Venetian would be high atop the all-time favorites. It’s hard to find anything more dreamy than the indoor ambiance of Venetian waterways, complete with singing gondoliers, flowing through rustic Italian villages of shops, patisseries, cafes, and other exquisite dining options. Pure magic, I’m tellin’ ya! You definitely want to check out The Venetian! With…

Another Beautiful Day on The Strip! – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

Bright blue skies overhead for another fun day exploring The Las Vegas Strip!

AmeriBrunch Cafe – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

Just two blocks south of Fremont Street, at the corner of S 4th Street and E Bridger Avenue, you’ll find AmeriBrunch Cafe serving up a unique array of coffee and espresso drinks, teas, smoothies, and healthy foods! We got a Pistachio Rose Latte and a Lavender Spice Latte! And is it just me, or does the Pain au Chocolat look just like cutest little sloths! Delicious and adorable!

The Fremont Street Experience! Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

We’ve been coming to Vegas for years and years… But, I’m embarrassed to admit we’ve NEVER been to Fremont Street! We decided we’d better check it out! The sights, the sounds… The Fremont Street Experience is quintessential old school Las Vegas all around! With all the modern Vegas style, of course! Check out the historic casinos, the incredible light shows… The music that surrounds you! Oh, and you can zipline right above it all!

Vegas Toy Shack – Home of the Pawn Stars Toy Expert – Neonopolis on Fremont – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

The Vegas Toy Shack, Home of the Pawn Stars Toy Expert, boasts one heck of a collection of rare, vintage, and collectible toys from OUR childhood! Located at Neonopolis on Fremont Street, in Downtown Vegas, just steps away from the iconic Fremont Street Experience! Get your Gizmo on today!

Street Art at Neonopolis on Fremont – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

A new “420” museum in town might be an adult-only experience, but, hey, the street art installation is pretty “high” on the list of cool things to see at Neonopolis on Fremont!

Neonopolis on Fremont – Las Vegas, Nevada – 12/05/2019

In the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, at the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard, you will find the Entertainment Complex known as Neonopolis! It looks like it’s a pretty happening little place after dark, with lots of restaurants, a bowling alley, some axe-throwing, and a little adult-friendly nightlife. But, during the day, you still have some fun choices for shopping, and dining; as well as checking out an art gallery, a collection of spirited neon signs, and some super brilliant street art! Hennessey’s Tavern boasts the World’s Largest Pint Glass! Heart Attack Grill is definitely as EXTREME a…