• Julie Gajewski, CPPS

Top 3 Weekend Getaways within 400 miles of Las Vegas

Everyone needs a weekend getaway recharge and relax. Spending quality time with ourselves or with our loved ones, is what's truly important in life. Did you know that there are three amazing weekend getaways within 400 miles of LasVegas? Keep reading to find your next weekend road trip!

Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff is the perfect weekend getaway! Nestled within the world's largest ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff has small town feel and endless outdoor adventures. No matter what tickles your fancy, Flagstaff has something for everyone. Located between Sedona & the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts due to its mild climate and rugged terrain. Crater Trail is a popular shorter hike through the ponderosa pines, over an old volcano, and up to caves that the Sinagua Indians once inhibited. History buffs can get their kicks on Route 66 which is the main thorough fair through the city. Be sure to stop into The Museum Club for some drink and dancing on the old wood dance floor and in this 1931 log cabin. Astronomy fans will love the Lowell Observatory, There you can gaze into the wonders of outer space through a telescope both during the day and at night. Grab a bite to eat at Altitudes Bar & Grill, a local hangout in the historic district that has a patio overlooking the San Fransisco Peaks. When the day is over rest your head in a cottage rental that is within walking distance from historic downtown Flagstaff.

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles has it all. Sunny beaches, lavish boutiques, celebrities, and art. It is a weekend getaway jammed packed with things to do. Movie buffs will love Paramount Ranch, a 2400 acre lot leased by movie studios to film old western movies. Beach bums will want to visit Manhattan Beach, which the type of beach you expect when visiting LA. This beach is just you are in a real life modern Annette Funicello beach movie. Grab a coffee at The Pie Hole for a cozy atmosphere and some sweet & savory food. If you are looking for a swanky dining experience visit Spago Beverly Hills for locally sourced California cuisine and maybe even a celebrity sighting or two. Get your shopping on at Rodeo Drive, the epicenter of luxury, fashion, and lifestyle. The Getty Center is a must-see for lovers of art, architecture, and landscape. If you are into astronomy, The Griffith Observatory is a great place to visit. Although the smog from the city doesn't let you see much through the telescope, the exhibits are out of this world. After a fun day in the city, you can stay at the luxurious Redbury Hotel on Hollywood & Vine or if you you are looking for a more affordable hotel with free snacks 24/7, try the Magic Castle Hotel.

Zion National Park, UT

If you are an outdoor enthusiast or just love beautiful scenery, then a weekend getaway to Zion National Park is a must! The park is located on the Colorado Plateau between the Pine Valley Mountains and Kolob Terrace. Zion means "heavenly city" and heavenly is definitely what Zion National Park is! The red rock mountains, the Virgin River, and the vast species of wildlife will leave you in absolute awe of the beauty that surrounds you. If you want the full Zion experience, stay within the park at the Zion Lodge, just be sure to book your reservations early! Rooms book 6 months in advance. Otherwise, there are many wonderful places to stay outside the park. There is no shortage of hiking trails in the park. Check out the website, Dirt in My Shoes for 10 Things You Can’t Miss On Your First Visit to Zion. Just outside the park is Springdale. There you can find shopping, restaurants, and entertainment with a small town feel and an epic view!

What are you waiting for? Starting planning your trip to one (or all three) of these exciting weekend getaways! Need pet sitting while you enjoy your trip? Give us at call at (702) 428-6953 or visit our website to learn more about our services.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and hospital administrator since 1997. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

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