To Sin City locals who want a quick getaway from the stress of the daily life, here is a list of breathtaking places you should include in your day trips from Las Vegas.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation AreaLocation: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89161
Distance from Las Vegas: 17 miles
About Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: Only 20 minutes away from the center of The Strip, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is definitely one of the most accessible and popular day trips from Las Vegas. For less than $10, you can enter the canyon and walk through over 60 miles of scenic multicolored sandstone atop of gray limestone, and red rock formations that reach more than 3,000 feet high into the sky, with the highest point at over 8,000 feet. It also offers around 2,000 documented rock climbing routes, picnic areas, mountain and road biking, horseback riding, and scenic byway tours.
Hoover DamLocation: Nevada-Arizona border (near Boulder City, Nevada)
Distance from Las Vegas: 30 miles
About Hoover Dam: Built for over five years, the Hoover Dam is the highest concrete arch dam in the U.S., and one of the largest artificial lakes in the world. This impressive man-made wonder lying on the Nevada-Arizona border is 726 feet high and 1,244 long at the crest, and holds approximately 28.9 million acre-feet of water. It is used for flood and silt control, hydroelectric power, agricultural irrigation, and domestic water supply. There are guided tours of the dam complex and the neighboring power plant available at the Hoover Dam.
Mount CharlestonLocation: Mount Charleston, Clark County, Nevada 89124
Distance from Las Vegas: 39 miles
About Mount Charleston: Also known as the Spring Mountains National Area, Mount Charleston is definitely included on the easiest and most refreshing Las Vegas excursions. The mountain located just 45 minutes away from the Strip offers a quick escape from the heat of the city. It is capped with snow during winter which makes it a popular sport for several winter sports and recreation activities such as sledding and skiing.
Valley of FireLocation: 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040
Distance from Las Vegas: 50 miles
About Valley of Fire: Surrounding you with a stunning view, the Valley of Fire should be included in one of your Las Vegas excursions. The 46,000-acre natural wonder is filled with red rock formations made from Aztec sandstone, giving off the illusion that they are on fire on a sunny day, thus getting its name the Valley of Fire. It is also home to several hiking trails and native Indian petroglyphs that is believed to date back over 3,000 years.
Because the temperatures can go up to 120°F, bringing lots of drinking water and wearing sun-protecting clothing is advised.
Death Valley National ParkLocation: California-Nevada border (near Beatty, Nevada)
Distance from Las Vegas: 123 miles
About Death Valley National Park: Temperature at the Death Valley National Park is more than 100°F on average and can go up to 134°F which makes it one of the hottest and driest national park in the U.S. and in the world. It is also the largest national park in the 48 conterminous U.S. States with a land area of 3.4 million acres. Despite the harsh environment, the park is popular to visitors for appreciation of water, its panoramic beauty, and the ghost town of Rhyolite.
Nevada State Railroad MuseumLocation: 2180 S Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701
Distance from Las Vegas: 430 miles
About Nevada State Railroad Museum: Experience the past by adding the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City on your planned tours from Las Vegas. With an admission fee of $6 for adults, you will see the museum’s big collection of locomotives, train cars, and photographs of the famous U.S. railroad that used to run though the entire country for transport of gold, animals, and people since 1827. It also still offers a ride along the historic Boulder Branch Line starting from the Nevada Southern Railway Station for $10.
Grand CanyonLocation: Northwest Arizona 86023 (near Las Vegas)
Distance from Las Vegas: 130-280 miles (depending on which part)
About Grand Canyon: Included in the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. It is located on the northwestern quadrant of Arizona, and is close to the borders of Nevada and Utah. It goes above more than 7,000 feet sea level and encloses an area of 1.2 million acres. It offers miles of hiking trails and scenic tours for visitors to appreciate its beauty.
There are plenty of benefits by being a Sin City local and that includes being surround by many spectacular natural wonders. Get a friend, plan your trip, pack your bags and go on an outdoor tour. There are plenty of nearby places you can visit for your day trips from Las Vegas.