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Danielle Williams

When I hear “Las Vegas,” my first thought is not “family vacation.”

I’m sure most people’s first thought is not “family vacation.” Or their second. Or third. Or fourth. Or, honestly, on the list of thoughts at all.

Vegas is an interesting place. It’s a city that is stuck in some sort of time warp. You won’t sleep for days, but you won’t feel tired. You’ll lose all your money and still believe you have more to spend. You’ll hang out in clubs you never thought you were cool enough to even peek into.

Or so I imagine.

When I went to Vegas, I was out there with my family. No, we did not think “hey, you know what would make a cool family vacation? Las Vegas.”

My cousins live in Arizona and one was having his wedding in Vegas. Don’t worry, it wasn’t a shotgun wedding in a chapel with Elvis as the officiant. It was a beautiful ceremony at a place within the Vegas city lines, but not on the strip.

Truthfully, I didn’t imagine my first trip to Vegas to be with my siblings, never mind my parents. I’m not a gambler or even into the club scene, but I just imagined my first trip to Vegas very differently.

After visiting Vegas, here’s how I thought it’d be with your parents compared with your friends:

Ordering drinks at the bar with your parents.

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Ordering drinks at the bar with your friends.

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Hitting the casino with your parents.

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Hitting the casino with your friends.

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Dancing at the bar with your parents.

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Dancing at the bar with your friends.

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11 PM in Vegas with your parents.

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11 PM in Vegas with your friends.

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Pool time in Vegas with your parents.

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Pool time in Vegas with your friends.

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Bottom line: Vegas is going to be fun whether you go with family or friends. There’s enough to do to keep everyone happy, and as long as you love spending time with your family, it doesn’t matter where you are.

Luckily for me, my family is pretty rad. We had a blast at the bars and made the most of our trip. No, you may not get plastered and have a Hangover-esque trip, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it!

I truly believe that any destination is what you make it. Would I recommend bringing small children there? No, but if you’re up for that, be my guest.

You can research all you want, but like anything else with Las Vegas: use your best judgement.

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