Vegas is best known for big name shows, luxurious resorts and exciting nightlife. But for those more interested in nature, there is a surprising amount of options available. The city’s surroundings offer plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors, all just a short drive from the Strip so you can still make it back in time for dinner.
Here are six Las Vegas day trips worth checking out.
Grand Canyon National Park
It’s one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, but it used to take a five hours by bus from Vegas to tick the Grand Canyon off the bucket list. Fortunately, there are now a number of helicopter companies that operate out of Las Vegas offering breathtaking bird's-eye views of the canyon and surrounding areas.
Death Valley National Park
No more than a two to three hour drive from Las Vegas, Death Valley features the lowest point and the hottest place in North America. These extremes create striking beauty that can’t be missed. Highlights of this spectacular landscape are Dante’s View, Badwater, Devil’s Golf Course, Artist's Palette, Zabriskie Point and Furnace Creek. The guided tour from the visitors centre is well worth the time. Dinosaur fans get a real treat with the special paleontology tour.
Red Rock Canyon
Just over a 20 minute drive from Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon offers tourists a relaxing day trip with plenty of adventurous options. The park has 19 hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult, through the beautiful natural setting. Walking isn’t the only way to see this spot; there are a variety of different experiences including electric bike tours, horseback riding, bird watching and rock climbing. Great boulders and sheer rock faces lure climbers from around the world to discover the maze of canyons and peaks.
Named one of the top ten Construction Achievements of the 20th Century, the Hoover Dam is a world-famous manmade wonder. And it’s only a 45 minute drive from the Strip. Allow a little extra time to walk across the dam bypass bridge, officially known as the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, to get the most amazing views.
Lake Mead Recreation Area
The Lake Mead National Recreation Area in southern Nevada offers year-round outdoor activities. Travellers can escape from the hustle and bustle of the Strip whilst checking out the 16th largest manmade lake in the world.
Skiing in Mount Charleston
Skiing in Las Vegas…who would have thought! Only 30 minutes from the Strip, Mount Charleston is Nevada’s eighth highest mountain peak with breathtaking views and great snow activities.