A New Year's resolution guaranteed to be fulfilled is a pledge to refresh yourself and to begin anew during January, the first month of the new year. Families living in Las Vegas and those spending a family holiday in this city can be revitalized after the hectic activities of the old year.
Unlike most months, January has few holidays which families are obligated to celebrate. February has Valentine's Day. March recognizes St. Patrick. April is when families usually celebrate Easter. May honors Memorial Day. Most school graduations and many weddings occur in June. July has fireworks for America's Independence Day. It also starts the family summer vacations that run through August. In September, children begin a new school year and parents take off work on Labor Day. October brings the thriller of Halloween, while November gathers families for blessings at the Thanksgiving dinner. Finally, December's Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa overwhelm all with preparations, parties, and potlucks, as well as presents and the mandatory presence.
January starts with the big sleep-in on its first day, since many families stay up on December 31 to toast-in the new year. There really is not much to do this first day except to watch the Rose Parade televised from Pasadena, California. And aside from Martin Luther King Day, the rest of the month can be uneventful. This makes January the perfect month to enjoy a relaxed family vacation so that everyone can become refreshed before the upcoming months of obligatory celebrations.
During January, many Las Vegas hotels and resorts have stress-free venues to revitalize the body, mind, and spirit. Everyone can still enjoy swimming in heated pools, strolling through sparsely trodden shopping malls and food courts, dining in less crowded restaurants, and sitting in moderately populated theaters and showrooms. Even the arcades and casinos have fewer players. The employees are also free of stress and seem to enjoy giving excellent service at this time. Fortunately, not everyone knows what a relaxed atmosphere exists on the Strip and Downtown during January--the perfect time for a real vacation from the stress of everyday life and the ever recurring holidays.
Southern Nevada has much cooler daytime temperatures in January. An outdoor walk through the grounds of one resort to those of another can be a relaxed, invigorating experience, different from the heat-stressed trek during the summer months. Open-topped tour buses provide crisp, clear views of the glitter and glamour of the Strip. Within the Las Vegas community are miles of walking and biking trails that offer beautiful vistas of the valley to nurture the souls of the explorers in families.
Surrounding the metropolis are many natural preservation areas:
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
- Valley of Fire State Park
- Death Valley National Monument
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Attractions and resorts offering outdoor playgrounds abound nearby:
- Bonnie Springs/Old Nevada
- Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
- Floyd Lamb Park
- Lake Las Vegas
- Mt. Charleston Recreation Area/ Lee Canyon
- Southern Nevada Zoological Park
- Clark County Wetlands Park
- Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
- Springs Preserve
- Hoover Dam
- Pahrump Valley Wineries
- Ethel M Chocolate Factory
- Clark County Shooting Park
Families on a winter holiday in Las Vegas during January can enjoy many outdoor activities such as:
- horseback riding
- skiing and snowboarding
- rifle and gun shooting
- boat rides
- helicopter rides
- hot air balloon rides
- rock climbing
- lounging at the pool or lake, soaking up the winter sun
- and many more
The end of the old year may make families feel used up and exhausted, but a January holiday in Las Vegas is assured to revitalize everyone and complete at least one New Year's resolution.