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Old 02-07-2017, 08:34 AM   #1
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Budget Family Road Trip to Vegas

Hi All! I've been going nuts without a trip to plan at home. I started chatting and whining and making a fuss about wanting to go somewhere for Spring Break. I even offered to take DS to DLR just the two of us, but he didn't want to deal with the Spring Break crowds. Who is this kid???

Finally one of my suggestions stuck with DH. We're going to Vegas, baby!

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Me: 39.5. Themed environment junkie. Love a good budget luxury hack.
DH: 52. Birder, nature lover.
DS: 8. Homeschooled. Into lego, hands-on museum exhibits etc. Does not like long car rides.


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9 night road trip through Oregon, a bit of California, Nevada, with 3 nights in Vegas.

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March 24-April 2

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Cause Mommy needs a trip to look forward to. And cause Vegas is amazing.


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The trip was solidified yesterday morning when I reserved the 3 nights of hotel.

Going budget on a Las Vegas hotel is tricky business, because the vast majority of hotels have "resort fees", even the freaking Super 8! Also, I was pretty attached to having a pool, in case it gets warm enough to swim. DH encouraged me to give that up, but in the end, we landed on the HoJo. It's just off the strip, behind the Tropicana and the classy Hooter's Casino. Whatever, I'll take it. It's got a heated outdoor pool, the rooms don't look terrible, and the location is good.

Total cost $131 after tax. No resort fees!
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Old 02-07-2017, 09:24 AM   #3
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Sounds like an awesome trip and will also help with your sanity as everyone needs a vacation especially when there is such a huge gap between Disney trips. Looks like you will be having a blast in Vegas. Remember though what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
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How great to have a trip to look forward to! Nice deal on the hotel too.
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Congrats on the Vegas trip and the great deal on the hotel!
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Gaston's Bimbette - considering I'm traveling with an 8 year old...I don't imagine there's going to be many Vegas secrets to keep...Though who knows what might happen at the lunch buffet I'm planning!

Cam22-the HoJo looks pretty run down from the outside, but the rooms are remodeled and look good. I'm just happy to find somewhere without a resort fee just off the strip. I can't stand that racket!

chezp and Myra-OMG, I finally have something I can obsess over again! I didn't know what to do without a trip to plan!

I'm currently working on a word document with ideas for our 3 nights in Vegas. The only things we'll be spending $ on are a buffet lunch and the aquarium, maybe.
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Looks like the makings of a great trip!
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Sounds like a great trip! I can't wait to read all about it! I've only been to Vegas once, years ago, and I certainly hope to get back someday.
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Rough plan:

Friday-pack car, sleep at Mom and Dad's since we can't leave a packed car on the street in our neighborhood.
Saturday-leave really early in AM (maybe 4am), drive 8 hrs to Reno. Maybe camp near Carson city, maybe get hotel if the price is right.
Sunday-camp near Vegas.
M-Tu-W-VEGAS!
Th-DH's birthday. He wants to see the Hoover Dam. Whatever! Camp that night, maybe in Death Valley
F-Death Valley?
Sa-Drive 1/2 way home, camp
Su-Drive home
M-back to work.
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Great plans!

The Hoover Dam is well worth seeing - it really makes you think when you see it and we loved Death Valley.
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Thanks, all! The week does look pretty good. I'm still nursing a Disney itch, but there's plenty to look forward to here.

We booked a hotel in Reno about a mile from the casino strip, "Motel 6 Livestock Arena". Nothing says Reno like "Motel 6 Livestock Arena", am I right? Cost: $45 after tax added.

We'll get a glimpse of the bright lights and big city of Reno on our first night of the trip. It should set the stage for Las Vegas pretty well.
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