Along the trail to Las Vegas for BYU Football vs. Arizona


It’s almost that time of year, folks, when BYU Football is back, and all is well with the world. The Cougars will play in the first “Vegas Kickoff Classic” over Labor Day weekend against the Arizona Wildcats at the new Allegiant Stadium (home of the Las Vegas Raiders).

We reached out to a longtime Cougars on Cougars friend and longtime Las Vegas resident, Pat Hammond (aka @crzycougfanatic), to ask for suggestions on what to do and eat in the area, as we know many of you are taking the long weekend to travel to support BYU.

Let us know in the comments if you’re heading to Sin City, doing or eating any of the things recommended in the article, or have any additional suggestions! (DISCLAIMER: We are still in the midst of a global pandemic. We have made some suggestions, but please don’t blame us if venues are closed, have different hours, require masks, etc.)

Things to do:

  1. Zone 15 “Mega Mart” – “AREA15 is an immersive playground, all wrapped up in a vast and vibrant space. Throw an ax, wander a bamboo volcano, run on a zipline, or explore other fascinating realms. From futuristic to thrill seekers, there is an experience for everyone here. I haven’t been there, but heard it was awesome and very unique.
  2. SeaQuest Las Vegas – Ideal for families. Attraction Boulevard Mall with aquarium with sharks and rays, birds and small animals. Make sure to buy food to feed the rays and other animals. Children cost $ 11.95 and adults $ 17.95. Look for a Groupon for discounts or if you’re staying here for multiple days, check out the Las Vegas Pogo pass which costs $ 40 on Groupon and gives you access to several of the city’s attractions, including the children’s museum which is also awesome. SeaQuest is the perfect size, not too big to take all day, but big enough that you feel like you are seeing something you don’t see every day.

3. World of seaside resorts – Newer hotel, you can walk around and see shops and there are places to eat.

Bonus to doBYU FanFest – At Craig Ranch Regional Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fri. September 3. “Fans will have the opportunity to take photos with Cosmo and the BYU Cheer Squad. There will also be makeup, balloon artists, inflatables and food trucks. The BYU Store and BYU dealerships will be present.

Places to eat:

  1. Yama Sushi – The best sushi at will. The one at 3909 Spring Mountain is what Pat recommends.
  2. BabyStacks – Six locations around town. The best pancakes with all the flavors you can imagine. Red Velvet, Bananas Foster, German Chocolate, as well as omelets. Crepes. Call ahead to verify restaurant meals.

3. Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant – It’s run by the family who worked at Macayo. Same great food, different name. Try a TCT, a huge grilled cheese tortilla, or try anything with Baja sauce, a creamy white sauce you could bathe in. So delicious.

A note from Mary and Jess: Our OG fans may recall that in 2017 we did a “Along the Trail” segment for Las Vegas with Jess’s Aunt Lavinia. If you’re in the mood for a flashback, watch this episode here. Otherwise, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you, and here are the Vegas recommendations Lavinia made …

To do: Check downtown arts district. Start with Ogden or Stewart and head to 6th or 7th Avenue to see an ever-changing variety of wall art. Look at this’First Friday ‘ event on Fri. September 3 on this. Go to the Bellagio Gardens! Thousands and Thousands of Beautiful, Seasonal Flowers – It’s Free!

To eat: Pinkbox donuts. It’s open 24 hours, so they’re always fresh. Try the Fat Elvis. BabyStacks (If you’re careful it’s a double recommendation then you’ll definitely want to check this place out! Jess also tried it and highly recommend it.)


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