Later this month, Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa will be the site of the highly-anticipated Blogalicious social media conference. If you’re attending, you’ll probably be busy learning, networking, and enjoying the fabulous off-strip resort. However, you might have the opportunity to do some exploring nearby. Here are my recommendations for a perfect “Blogalicious break.”

NATURE

In the mood to get some fresh air after spending the day in a conference center? You’re in luck! Some of Las Vegas’ best nature adventures are just a few minutes away from Red Rock Hotel. Perhaps the most well-known is Red Rock Canyon. This are offers hiking, a scenic drive, and lots of scenic vistas that would be the perfect spot for picture-taking. Another option is the less-crowded, but equally fascinating Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. Combining outdoor activities with a bit of history, Spring Mountain Ranch is a great place to go for a quick hike or a tour of the historic ranch house. Past owners of the ranch include German actress Vera Krupp and the famous aviator and film producer Howard Hughes.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon. Image by Sarah Vernetti

SHOPPING

If you’d rather wear heels than hiking boots, head over to the nearby Tivoli Village for shopping, dining, and drinks. This European-inspired shopping center features stores like BluNoir, Republic of Couture, and Vasari as well as the newly-opened-for-sneak-peeks Market LV. Another option is nearby Boca Park, which includes stores like REI, American Apparel, and Rush Shoes.

FOOD

If you need to recharge your batteries after a day of conferencing, you’re in the right place! Red Rock Hotel offers a variety of foodie-approved options including Terra Rosa, Hachi, and Yard House. If you’d like to venture away from the Red Rock, head over to Agave (practically across the street) for Mexican food and margaritas. Another option is Archi’s Thai Cafe, located at Sahara and Fort Apache. For dessert, consider a drive to Sweet Addiction where you can enjoy a custom-made ice cream sandwich, complete with freshly baked cookies and classic Thrifty ice cream.

WITH KIDS

Did you bring the whole family to Las Vegas for the Blogalicious conference? Stop by one of Summerlin’s many parks. Two local favorites are South Tower Park and Paseos Park, both of which are located just minutes from Red Rock. Both parks offer a variety of playground equipment that is appropriate for toddlers as well as older kids, plus plenty of grassy space for playing a game of tag.

South Tower Park

A colorful day at South Tower Park in Summerlin. Image by Sarah Vernetti

No matter what you decide to do with your free time in Vegas, I hope you are able to get out and explore this beautiful city. Welcome!

This post was written by: Sarah Vernetti (1 Posts)

Sarah Vernetti is a travel blogger and freelance writer who loves national parks, Indian food, and her beloved University of Kansas Jayhawks (rock chalk!). You can follow along on her travel adventures at wanderingoff.com