A Cougar fan’s map to Vegas

Beaver, Utah: home of America’s best tasting water. (Creative Commons).

Those who call themselves true Cougar fans are packing up and leaving the snow for some warm weather and good basketball at the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.

A road trip done right can become a fun memory to remember down the road. But you have to plan it right with great music, tasty snacks and classic stops.

Music sets the mood of the trip — make the right selections, and the party can start even when you’re five hours away from Vegas. Any Vegas playlist has to include the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and you can’t leave out Brittney Spears, who is currently headlining a show in Sin City.

To start your trip off right, I’ve created a Vegas playlist that is sure to help you forget the snow and welcome in the beginning of March Madness.

  1. Imagine Dragons – “It’s Time”
  2. Elvis Presley – “Viva Las Vegas”
  3. Eiffel 65 – “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”
  4. Mat Kearney – “Runaway”
  5. Walk The Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”
  6. Elvis Presley – “Burning Love”
  7. The Vamps – “Last Night”
  8. Britney Spears – “Oops!…I Did It Again”
  9. Florida Georgia Line – “This Is How We Roll”
  10. Boys Like Girls – “The Great Escape”
  11. Maroon 5 – “Maps”
  12. Rick Spingfield – “Jessie’s Girl”
  13. Parachute – “Can’t Help”
  14. Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin'”
  15. Sam Hunt – “Leave The Night On”
  16. M83 – “Midnight City”
  17. Katy Perry – “Waking Up in Vegas”

Just two hours south of Provo you will reach your first pit stop in Beaver, Utah, the town with the best water in the United States, according to the National Rural Water Association’s Great American Water Taste Test. Beaver is also home to the famous Cache Valley Cheese Factory, where you can pick up your favorite cheeses and homemade ice cream.

And while you’re there, make sure you’re fully stocked on sugar-filled snacks to keep the driver awake. No road trip can leave your sweet tooth satisfied without: 

  1. Sour Patch Kids
  2. Peanut Butter M&Ms
  3. Goldfish
  4. Red Vines
  5. Cracker Jack
The famous Las Vegas sign has welcomed many Cougar fans over the years. (Creative Commons)
The famous Las Vegas sign has welcomed many Cougar fans over the years. (Creative Commons)

You’ll be pulling into St. George about an hour and a half later, which has everything from A to Zion. Drive by the beautiful St. George Temple, or choose to pass through the breathtaking Snow Canyon State Park for $6 per vehicle.

There are plenty of chain restaurants in St. George, but why not try something you can’t find in Provo? Stop for a quick dinner at the Hawaiian Poke Bowl found only in St. George, the No. 1 restaurant in St. George, according to TripAdvisor.com.

Before you know it, you’ll be turning the corner to the blinding lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Time for your crew to make a video of themselves jamming out to Katy Perry’s “Waking Up In Vegas” for your snap story.

The short trip to Las Vegas can be a much-needed break from school and cold weather, so make the most of it. Travel safe, have fun and get yourself ready to watch Cougars as they fight for a tournament championship.

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