How can I do Vegas and Arizona in one week??

Old Dec 19th, 2003, 09:18 AM
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How can I do Vegas and Arizona in one week??

Hello,

Starting to plan our firs trip to the Southwest this summer. We'll be traveling from NY and would like to do this:

1. 3 nights in Vegas
2. Rent car and drive to AZ
3. 2 nights in Sedona
4. 2 nights in Scottsdale
5. fly back to Ny from Phoenix

Is this doable?? Are the driving distances too great??? We are not outdoorsy at all and really just want to relax by a pool, do some shopping, eat at great restaurants and see nice scenery along the way...

I'd appreciate any suggestions.
Thanks in advance,
Mel
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Old Dec 19th, 2003, 09:29 AM
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You can do it. Vegas to Sedona is probably 5 1/2 hours (about 275 miles). Sedona to Scottsdale is only about 2 hours.
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Hi Melody! My family is sort of doing the reverse of what you're planning. We (from NJ) are flying to Phoenix. Once there we are renting a car and driving directly to Sedona for 2 nights (approx. 1 1/2 hour drive from Phoenix). Then on to the Grand Canyon (1 1/2 hour drive) for 2 nights. Then finally to Las Vegas (5 hour drive) for 4 nights. We fly home from Vegas.
Your itinerary sounds doable to me!What hotels are you planning on staying at in Vegas & Sedona? We're opting for the Mirage & the Hilton Sedona.
Have fun planning!
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Old Dec 19th, 2003, 01:06 PM
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"How can I do Vegas and Arizona in one week??"

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Old Dec 19th, 2003, 04:15 PM
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Get a fast car as Tracy Chapman says...
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Old Dec 20th, 2003, 02:24 AM
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As long as you don't miond being in the car, distances are doable - be aware, that the "see nice scenery along the way" is not going to hold true the entire trip - we are also from east coast and it is a real shock to see how far apart things are in other parts of the country. While there is some incredible scenery along your route, there are also miles and miles of desolate land - not the beautiful cactus scenes I imagined. (I don't know what I was thinking - I somehow pictured the beach with cacti - instead I got a lot of brown-gray dirt with a few plants!)
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Old Dec 20th, 2003, 04:18 AM
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Very doable. LV to Sedona is 275 miles and a 5 hour or so drive. Sedona to Scottsdale is about 120 miles - a 2 hour drive. In fact, so doable you can include a half day visit to the GR. Canyon on the trip from LV to Sedona. It would involve a rt drive of less than 175 miles from I40. It would be the scenic highlight of your trip.
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Thanks everyone,

It seems the distance from Sedona to LV is way too long with two tiny kids in the back... Maybe we'll break this trip in two, one vacation in Vegas and another touring Arizona properly, just not sure which one this summer....
I don't think a toddler and an infant can handle more than 2 hours in a car at a stretch...

Thanks!
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Not to be mean or anything, but WHY are you taking children to Las Vegas? It's an "Adult Playground"
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Maybe Vegas USED to be an adult playground, but no more. It has become a popular family destination. We took our kids 10 years ago and they had a ball. Loads of kids activities there. Have fun!
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Old Dec 22nd, 2003, 04:13 AM
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With an infant and a toodler on board I would do one place. LV is kid friendly. I will hold off on Arizona until the children were older
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When was the last time you all we're in Vegas? I go there quite often and everthing is going back to the "Adult Playground" theme. Casino's are making arcade space smaller, some are eliminating the space all togeher. Hotel shows are now becoming more adult oriented. Even some of the swimming pools at hotels are going to topless. Family hotels are now offering major discounts for lack of booking. Yes, there are some free shows for families. However, the "Pirate Show" at Treasure Island is now called "Sirens" and Treasure Island Casino is now "TI". By the way, "Sirens" is a show where almost nude women go to battle with men and win. This is out in front on the strip for free. How kid oriented is that?
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As the vacation planner in our family - currently with 2 teenagers - are you sure this is the best destination for this age kids? Regarding Las Vegas, according to reports I have read, the attempt to attract families was deemed to not be working well and the city admits to going back to the more adult atmosphere.

This part of the country is extremely hot in the summer (I know - we were there last August) - so hot you don't want to spend much time outdoors unless it is by a pool. Many pools in Las Vegas close around dinner time (they want you in the casinos spending money, not by the pool)

Distances are great in that part of the country - lots of driving with little kids.

When I first replied I missed the part about the kids - if your goals are relax by a pool, shop, eat, see scenery (which is of no interest to the kids), there are other destinations that might work better. Save this trip until the kids are a bit older, and add some national parks - you don't have to be especially outdoorsy to enjoy them.

Whatever you decide, have a good trip - we love traveling with our kids at any age - we just gear trip towards their ages.
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Vegas attempted to become a family destination and the attempt failed miserably. They have decided to return to the adult destination that they are. This is probably not the best place to bring your kids.
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I think Vegas or Arizona would be brutal for little kids in the middle of the summer. Ridiculously hot!

Why not San Diego? They have the Zoo and the Aquarium, and some great water parks. You might even get a chance to browse the marvelous museums while the kids are napping in their strollers.
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