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10 Road Trips From Las Vegas, Nevada

Amber
Published Sep 25, 2018

While it’s true that Las Vegas, Nevada has some of the best entertainment options in the world to keep you occupied and having fun, sometimes you may want to do something different and get away for a while. Lucky for you, there are plenty of great places around Las Vegas to take a fun road trip to. Never been to the Grand Canyon or visited Page, Arizona? Now’s the time to go! Perhaps you’d rather drive out to Bryce Canyon to enjoy the unique scenery there, or cool off in the summer heat at Lake Powell. When you decide you’d like a change of scenery for a few days, be sure to check out these 10 road trips from Las Vegas, Nevada.

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1. Enjoy endless views of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States and absolutely worthy of a road trip. Made up of almost 300 miles (483 km) of river-eroded rock formations, you can visit the South Rim, which is open to visitors year round, or the lesser visited North Rim, which is typically open to the public from May to October. For those looking for an added dose of adventure, make plans to hike or ride a mule to the bottom of the canyon, which is a mile below the canyon’s rim. Be prepared for harsher conditions at the bottom, though; summertime temperatures can reach 100°F (38°C) and higher.

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2. Drive out west to Los Angeles

Los Angeles

As one of the largest cities in the country, Los Angeles is chock full of reasons to visit. Check out the Santa Monica Pier, which houses Pacific Park, the famed amusement park that sits over the ocean, or visit Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, both of which have weekly events for you to enjoy. Hike the trail behind the Hollywood sign before visiting Hollywood Boulevard, where you will find the Walk of Fame and the TCL Chinese Theatre.

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3. Enjoy the scenery in Page, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend

While you may not be familiar with the town of Page, Arizona, it is likely that you’ve seen images from the area before. Iconic Horseshoe Bend is just west of town; hike to the edge of the cliffs and snap your own photo of the winding Colorado River. Antelope Canyon is another must-see location in Page. The beautiful canyons are sandstone formations that have been eroded over the years from flash flooding.

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4. Visit the desert formations in Death Valley

Death Valley

Death Valley has some incredible geological sights that you’ll want to see at least once in your life. Badwater Basin, a vast salt flat, is a great place to start, as you could say you have visited the lowest area in North American at -282 feet (-86 meters) below sea level. You can experience an interesting phenomenon at Devils Golf Course, which is an area of rock salt that has been eroded by wind and rain. The formations themselves are fragile, so you shouldn’t venture beyond the parking lot, but if you listen closely, you can hear subtle pops; this is the sound of the salt crystals rupturing as they expand and contract in the desert heat.

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5. Explore the sandstone creations in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Vermillion Cliffs

Located in northern Arizona, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is a large (294,000 acres / 119000 ha) section of land, home to sandstone formations including the Vermilion Cliffs, Paria Canyon, and Coyote Buttes. The landscape within the monument features both canyons and cliffs which have been formed by the elements with the passing of time. Camping and hiking are both available, including a backpacking excursion that is available in Paria Canyon.

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6. Have a water adventure on Lake Powell

Lake Powell

Lake Powell is nestled across the Utah and Arizona border and is actually a reservoir of Colorado River. After driving in from Las Vegas, you can enjoy a relaxing stay aboard a houseboat, even if you’ve never operated a boat before - just take a quick lesson provided by the marina staff. Other watercraft is available as well to explore the lake, which includes almost 2,000 miles (3219 km) of shoreline.

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7. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona can easily be characterized by its rugged beauty and unmistakable rust-colored rocky terrain. There are over 300 miles (483 km) of trails for you to explore by bike or on foot. Horseback riding and rafting are also great ways to experience the wilderness of Sedona. In town, you’ll find just as much fun awaiting you. There are art galleries and museums to visit and local wines and micro-brews worthy of a taste test.

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8. Explore the unseen wilds of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Metate Arch

For a bit of untouched country, you won’t want to miss Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This monument is largely unexplored and is, therefore, a large part of it is inaccessible by vehicle; to see the views here, you’ll have to hike. Some of the must-see sights within the monument include Grand Staircase, Hells Backbone, Kaiparowits Plateau, and Coyote Gulch.

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9. Check out the fantastical trees of Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

The most notable source of vegetation in this Californian national park is its namesake, the Joshua Tree, which is actually a member of the Agave family. Inside the park, you’ll find fantastic opportunities for hiking, rock climbing and camping; the lack of light pollution in the area allows you the opportunity to see the stars at night with a new found clarity. Also available to visitors is the Keys Ranch Tour, where you can learn the history of the Keys family and how they were able to make a living in the surrounding Mojave Desert.

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10. Explore the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park notably has the largest collection of hoodoos (the pillars of rock shaped by erosion) in the world, and is definitely its identifying feature. The park is not a single canyon, but is made up of several canyons, the most famous of which is Bryce Amphitheater. There are four primary vantage points you’ll want to check out: Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point and Sunrise Point. For a closer look at the famous hoodoos, be sure to bring your hiking gear and explore the trails that are available throughout the park.

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Hit the road for fun outside of Las Vegas

Sure, Las Vegas is fun and all, but sometimes nothing beats a great road trip: you see new places, make new memories and experience possibly once in a lifetime adventures. So fill your car up with gas and get some clothes packed, it’s time to see where the roads from Las Vegas lead you.

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Amber has enjoyed being an office manager at a geotechnical engineering firm for seven years and has a Bachelor's degree from Tarleton State University in Marketing. When not working or wrangling...Read more

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