After months of planning, re-planning, booking, and re-booking, July 7th finally arrived, and we were ready to hit the road for our 33 day summer adventure!
We got on the road right after work on a Friday afternoon, with the goal to get out of Southern California as quickly as we could, stop in Las Vegas for dinner, and finish our day in St. George, Utah.
Traffic was about as good as we could have hoped, especially on a Friday afternoon heading toward Vegas! The temperatures, however….yikes. Thankful for a brand new car with brand new a/c.
We made it to Vegas with just one short stop in Victorville (or was it Barstow???), and arrived just in time to visit the brand new Cracker Barrel for dinner.
The Cracker Barrel on Dean Martin drive across the 15 from the strip is easy to get to from the highway, nice and big, and a great place to fill your belly and stretch your legs.
After dinner, we wanted to show the kiddos the Bellagio fountains, so we drove over the 15 to the strip. Parking at the Aria or Cosmopolitan is free for the first hour and just a short walk from the Bellagio. You can also park at the Bellagio for an hour for free as of our trip in 2017. Most of the walk can be done indoors out of the heat through the hotels, casinos, and shopping mall!
Following our Las Vegas pitstop, we hopped back on the 15 freeway, and less than 2 hours later we were at our resting place for the night.
I will be making LOTS of recommendations and suggestions from our trip experience that will hopefully help some of you planning yours. I DO NOT RECOMMEND the America’s Best Value Inn in St. George, Utah. Trust me. I will have several great and budget friendly hotel recommendations for other parts of our trip to share, though!