Las Vegas is a city of bright lights, five-star service, extravagant entertainment options and culinary delights. This oasis in the Nevada Desert is known as the ultimate destination but is lesser recognized for its outdoor adventures and natural beauties that lie on its outskirts. Las Vegas is also a great West Coast hub, well-connected to California, Arizona and other major destinations in the US. Take a break from the day parties and poolside leisure to find your ideal escape from Vegas. From the close by outdoor nature parks to the Grand Canyon and other major West Coast cities, there are plenty of day trips that you could consider. Read on to find out about the day trips from Las Vegas, Nevada.
1. Valley of Fire State Park
Situated just an hour’s drive from Las Vegas is the Valley of Fire, a state park and nature reserve which is filled with formations of red rocks- from sandstone cliffs, dramatic canyons, and peaceful valleys. The park is an ideal spot to take in the epic, colourful rock formations, a unique landscape that is great for hiking, picnics and photography. Check out the ancient Moapa petroglyphs at Atlatl Rock or do a 3-mile (4.8 km) Fire Canyon hike to make the most of your day out.
Valley of Fire State Park
Address: 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040, USA
Website: Valley of Fire State Park
Price: 10 USD per vehicle
Located in the neighbouring state of Utah is the Zion National Park, with steep red cliffs, rivers that flow into the Emerald Pools, waterfalls and a hanging garden. The Zion-Mount Carmel Scenic Highway makes for an unforgettable drive through the National Park, with winding roads through the brightly coloured rock formations, evergreen trees that dot the sides of pathways and the occasional deer and mountain goat that peer through the rocks. The two/three-hour drive from Las Vegas to this park, which is on many a bucket list, will be a visit you won’t easily forget.
Small-Group Zion National Park Day Tour from Las Vegas
Duration: 11 hours
A steep side canyon that is 277 miles (446 km) long and up to 18 miles (29 km) wide, the Grand Canyon is a sight that West Coast visitors should not miss. As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon can be experienced via land, sky or water, with any tour making a grand impact on the beauty and grandeur of natural geological formations. The Grand Canyon is easily accessible from Las Vegas and makes for an educative and adventurous day trip from the city.
Grand Canyon West Rim Day Tour by Bus from Las Vegas with Optional Upgrades
Duration: 12 hours
4. Techatticup Gold Mine and Eldorado Canyon
Explore the oldest and most famous gold mine in southern Nevada just 45 minutes away from Las Vegas. The Techatticup Gold Mine boasts beautiful views and a landscape that has been the setting for many movies and videos. Take advantage of a unique way to explore the gold mine, via a canoe or kayak on the Colorado River, or make the day an educative experience to learn about drift mining, a mining method where a long deep drift is cut down from the top, through the mountain, where its load of ore is located.
Techatticup Gold Mine and Eldorado Canyon
Address: HC 62, Box 440, Nelson, NV 89046
Opening hours: 8:15am - 5:30pm (daily)
Price: 15 USD (13 yrs and above), 10 USD (kids from 5 to 12 yrs), free for children under 5 yrs
One of the hottest places in the world is Death Valley, a below-sea-level basin in the northern Mojave Desert that, contrary to its name, hosts a diverse abundance of life in its canyons. Although we would generally avoid hiking during the summer months, Death Valley boasts a number of indoor and outdoor activities that can be tackled during a day visit from Las Vegas.
Death Valley Day Trip from Las Vegas
Duration: 11 hours
The four-hour Las Vegas - Los Angeles (L.A.) drive is a rite of passage for many Americans. L.A, with its mild weather, laid back neighbourhoods and relaxed California attitude, acts as a reprise from the intensity of Las Vegas. Visit Hollywood, the home of movie studios and its world-famous namesake boulevard to take in your dose of tourist hot spots or use the quintessential hop-on-hop-off bus to get to know the city and explore its different neighbourhoods.
Hollywood and Los Angeles Private All-Day Tour with Star Homes
Duration: 8 hours
7. Dixie National Forest
The Dixie National Forest located in Cedar City, Utah, is the largest national forest in the state, spanning over two million acres. There are several options to enjoy the National Forest, including hiking, fishing and camping overnight, if your day-trip leaves you wanting more. Immerse yourself between the rock formations, deep canyons and lakes to enjoy a visit to this wondrous natural beauty, located just over two hours away from Las Vegas.
Dixie National Forest
Address: Cedar City, Utah
Website: Dixie National Forest
There is no shortage of outdoor adventures from Las Vegas, and Bryce Canyon National Park is another sprawling nature reserve to add to your list of potential day trips. Sitting in Utah, the National Park is primarily famous for “hoodoos” - spire-shaped rock formations which happen to be bright pink in this location. The hiking paths provide endless opportunities to take in the geological wonders that surround you. Try out the Rim Trail hiking path to take in the views from Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point.
Bryce Canyon National Park Full-Day Tour from Las Vegas
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
The Red Rock Canyon is a world-renowned site of geologic interest and beauty. Located within the Mojave Desert, the Canyon provides a marvellous landscape and a backdrop for spending their day outdoors. There are several ways to enjoy the Red Rock Canyon, including a scenic drive of 13 miles (21 km), climbing to take on the rocks and boulders of the Canyon, 26 different hikes and trails and even opportunities to camp in the desert.
Red Rock Canyon Tour
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Constructed during the Great Depression and acting as an important part of American history, Hoover Dam is an important part of economic development and controls floods, provides irrigation water and produce hydroelectric power for Nevada, Arizona, and California. Visit the dam and learn about its architectural elements, the elegant Art Deco style that was introduced and many of the sculptures that sit on and around the dam.
Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas by Luxury Vehicle
To Vegas and beyond
Our recommendations for day trips from Las Vegas highlights that the city is a great base for all your excursions and adventures. In addition to the bright lights and casino tables of the Vegas strip, you can combine your visit to include hiking trails, sunsets over rock formations and even a visit to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
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