The Quick Guide to Visiting Vegas Beyond the Strip

When most people think of visiting Las Vegas, it’s all about partying at casinos and the glitz and glam of The Strip. But the truth is, there’s much more to Vegas than mega-casinos and pool parties. While that’s fun for some trips, it’s also nice to explore everything BEYOND The Strip, from museums to nature spots or the old Vegas vibes of Fremont Street. That’s why when Marriott Hotels invited me to come experience a different side of Vegas, I jumped at the chance! So, without further ado, here’s my quick guide of things to do and where to stay in Vegas off-Strip.

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The Quick Guide to Tempe, Arizona

The city of Tempe is just east of Phoenix, and has a population of just under 200,000 people. It’s home to Arizona State University, or ASU, which is one of the largest universities in the United States, so during the school year, Tempe is lively and packed with thousands of students. Because of this, Tempe has a vibrant nightlife scene, and plenty of fun things to do during the day too! It’s the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or girls’ trip, or just some me-time. Some top attractions include Tempe Town Lake, the various hiking trails in the area like Hayden Butte, and the delicious restaurants and dessert spots around town, like Ghost Ranch and The Crepe Bar. Without further ado, here’s my quick guide to Tempe of things to do, where to eat, and where to stay!

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Maui, Hawaii

There are so many things to do in Maui that it can be hard trying to figure what all to pack into your trip! This quick guide includes some of my most highly recommended activities, including driving the Road to Hana, taking a helicopter flight around the island, going on a whale watching tour, and watching the sunrise on Haleakala. Below you’ll find what to do in Maui, where to stay in Maui, and where to eat in Maui!

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A Luxury Stay on the Big Island: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai three times in the last few years, and I have to say, it’s quite possibly my favorite resort to visit on the planet. There’s no doubt it’s one of the best resorts in Hawaii, and it’s easy to see why. This 5 star property features everything from 7 pools and 5 restaurants to an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf course set on a volcanic landscape. For our trip, we left at the end of January, which is high season for the Big Island as people try to escape the cold. It’s also the perfect season for whale watching, and if you’re lucky, you can see them right from the beach at the resort. Leaving Austin for this January/February trip was the perfect way to escape the cold fronts that had rolled into Texas, and the weather in Hawaii was perfect. “Winter” on the Big Island tends to be in the 70s/80s with lows in the 60s, so while you’ll want to pack a sweater, it’s much more mild than most other destinations.

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Checking In: The Radisson Red in Downtown Portland, Oregon

The brand new Radisson RED Portland Downtown only opened in November, so I’ve been one of the first bloggers to get to check it out. To book a stay, currently using it is only 37,500 Radisson Rewards points a night, which is a really good deal! So the total for a 3-night stay like my trip would only be 112,500 points! If you’re low on points, Radisson Rewards also often offers a Points + Cash option. Because of my Gold status with Radisson Rewards, I also received a free upgrade upon check-in to a beautiful and spacious corner room for the duration of my stay.

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