Consider this for your next road trip planning: Since Vegas is already considered an adult Disneyland and plenty of adults have a blast at Disneyland, why not make it a week long road trip where you’ll experience two distinct types of FUN?
This particular road trip consists of 3 nights in Vegas, 1 day to drive the distance between Vegas and Anaheim (can be done in 4-5 hours), then 3 more nights in Anaheim. Of course, your road trip planner may have a different order; you might make it a triangular road trip, depending on your starting point; or fly in to Vegas, rent a car & make it a round trip road trip. But no matter how you get from Point A to Point B, you’ll have a great time at both spots with some interesting scenery and experiences in between.
So, let’s start with choosing a hotel in Vegas. There’s an abundance of hotels here so it really depends on the level of luxury you want for this visit. There are also 3 areas to choose for your surroundings: The main strip, the old strip, and the Fremont Street area. I recommend staying in the main strip and taking taxis or shuttle buses to the other areas (no need to rent a car until you’re ready to drive to Disneyland). Rooms at the Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, and Caesar’s are more on the pricey side; the Luxor and Rio are mid-range and Excalibur & Harrah’s are more affordable.
The first night there, put on your walking shoes & get some free entertainment. Catch the spectacular water visual of the Fountains at the Bellagio. Check out the entire valley from the Stratosphere Tower and then grab a taxi for the Fremont Street Experience.
night is for music! Make sure you add the
Hard Rock Café to your road trip planner for an overall rock environment. Top-notch blues, Louisiana style has its home
at the House of Blues. And for
those who like to hear bands jam – and get the occasional surprise musical legend come on state - hit the Legends
Lounge for a fantastic evening.
Take in a show on the third night like Cirque du Soleil’s Love, which blends the magic of Cirque du Soleil with the revered songs of the Beatles, creating a phenomenal night of spectacle and awe. We recommend booking these tickets the same time that you’re doing your road trip planning because these tickets sell out months in advance.
And of course, in between all that, there’s gambling, pool side lounging, spa treatments, shopping, and art museums. There’s more than you can do in 3 days so consider this a teaser visit; there’s always flight deals to/from Vegas to have you coming back for more.
Leaving Las Vegas, your route on your road trip planner will show that you’ll be on the I-15 for over 230 miles. Bring plenty of water for the drive as you’re traveling through the desert. And best to have a gallon of water for your radiator as well. You may want to add a few stops in your road trip planner like the Mojave National Preserve, a 1.6 million acre park with canyons, mountains, mesas, abandoned mines, homesteads, military outposts…and wildflowers. Consider eating lunch at a restaurant in Barstow and stop at the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville.
Sometime in the near
future, there may be a high-speed train that whisks you from Vegas to
Disneyland in a matter of hours – and traveling at 300mph would be an adventure
in itself – but for now, enjoy the ride at a more leisurely pace.
We recommend allowing a full day for this road trip so that once you get to Anaheim, you can check into your hotel and relax for a bit before enjoying a leisurely dinner. Save your 2-day Park Hopper package (about $143 per person) for the following 2 days so you can make full use of both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park. You’ll be going from morning to night at both of these theme parks…and loving every minute of it!
Many people may have already been to Disneyland but not Disney’s California Adventure Park, which celebrates the pioneering spirit of the Golden State. You can opt to stay at one of the 3 hotels at the Disneyland Resort, where the rooms will run you from $245 to $399 night for their hotel/ticket package deals (mid-week, 2 adults, 2-day Park Hopper). If that’s a bit steep for your budget, there over 100 hotels within 1 mile of the resort with rates starting at only $50 per night.
You might also consider getting a City Pass for $259, which gives you entry into 5 great places: Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, Universal Studios, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. Separately, this would run you $365, so if you can stay longer in Anaheim, this would be the way to go (gives you 3-Day Hoppers and is valid for 14-days).
Vegas gave you adult excitement and sizzle; Disneyland fills you with childlike wonder and enthusiasm. In my road trip planning book, that’s adds up to one fantastic vacation.