Normally when I think of Las Vegas, I don’t automatically think “eco friendly vacation destination”. I do think “adults only getaway” or “bachelor(ette) weekend”.
Whenever you travel somewhere, odds are you are going to be participating in non-eco friendly activities. However, the trick is to also check out what area attractions are more eco friendly and support those as well.
In the Las Vegas area, there’s the Hoover Dam. At less than an hour’s drive away, it would be a great place to visit and learn about how much electricity is produced there on a daily basis. How was it built? What does it take for all that hydroelectric power to be produced?
You can also visit the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, a 180 acre attraction that has interactive exhibits which explore sustainable solutions to the current challenges facing Las Vegas and the surrounding area.
And definitely be sure to carefully choose the hotel you stay in while you’re there. There are many hotels which stand out as eco friendly. Check hotel websites to see what they do to help the environment. Some newly built hotels have done amazing things from actually using construction waste to build the hotel to using the slot machines as manual air conditioners. (There’s a small air conditioner at the base of the slot machine that cools the air with every pull of the handle.)
If you’re thinking of going to Las Vegas anytime soon, be sure to check out Southwest Airline Vacations and their current promotion for Las Vegas Vacations which even lets you save up to $100 when you book flight + hotel to Las Vegas (remember to look for eco-friendly hotels!)
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Las Vegas is not the most eco-friendly place to be. It’s the desert, and there are millions of people who take jets there every year to drink overpriced bottled water and many of them play on lush green golf courses. However, if you’re going to go, you may as well enjoy your time, and if you get a chance, check out some of the above attractions. You’ll have learned something and seen Las Vegas from some kind of eco-friendly perspective.