Las Vegas is a popular city for tourists. It’s well-known for its casino and nightlife, but if you get bored of the bright lights and casino tables then there is plenty more to see and do in the area surrounding Sin City.
Las Vegas is well situated in the middle of the desert and has many areas of natural beauty.
If you need to get away from it all and want to enjoy the best that the natural world can offer, there are many day trips you can take from Las Vegas that will allow you to feel the fresh air in your lungs.
In this article, we will feature nine incredible day trips from Las Vegas to see the sights and explore. We’ve picked a variety of different ideas so whatever you’re looking for there’s bound to be something for you.
Let’s get started!
The Grand Canyon is one of the most impressive sights in the world and if you’re looking for a day trip from Las Vegas it should be at the top of your list just as it’s at the top of ours.
Once there, there are so many things to do. You can of course just enjoy the view, but you can also take a helicopter ride across the canyon or enjoy the Skywalk, which is a glass walkway that hangs out over the canyon.
There are many hiking trails around the Grand Canyon as well so if you need some exercise after a few days in Las Vegas why not treat yourself to a walk around one of the most majestic natural features in the world?
Valley Of Fire
The Valley of Fire is the largest state park in the state of Nevada. It is located in the Mojave desert and is one of the most iconic natural wonders in the state. The Valley of Fire is also home to some native Indian petroglyphs that are believed to be 3000 years old.
As well as being a site of immense history, the Valley of Fire is also home to many beautiful vistas. These vistas come in all colors and have been the backdrop for many different movies and TV shows.
However, do be aware that the temperatures can be exceedingly hot so you’ll need to make sure that you are prepared and stay hydrated. There are many professional tours that you can take but you can also go there yourself to explore.
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley is more than just a name as the Death Valley National Park is one of the driest and hottest places found on Earth. Like the Valley of Fire, it is also located in the Mojave Desert and again you will need to prepare for your trip and stay hydrated.
As well as the awe-inspiring and dangerous landscapes found in Death Valley there is also plenty to see while you’re there.
We recommend going to the town of Rhyolite, which was once a prosperous town during the years of the gold rush but is now nothing more than a ghost town. You should also try to visit Furnace Creek, Zabriskie Point, and Bad Water while you’re there.
Above all, however, you should take as many photos as you can of the spectacular panoramic views.
Hoover Dam And Lake Mead
Although these are two separate sights, it’s unlikely you will see one without the other so you can do them together. The Hoover Dam sits on the border between Nevada and Arizona and is a relatively short drive from Las Vegas.
You can even factor a trip to the Dam as part of your journey to the Grand Canyon.
The sheer size and capacity of the Hoover Dam are hard to express in words and are something that you can only understand after you’ve seen it.
There are guided tours of the dam and the power plant that you can enjoy, but you can also go hiking and mountain biking, or even go on a boat tour along the lake. If you’re there during the evening, consider a trip aboard the Desert Princess boat for a delicious meal.
The day is best spent enjoying the sights, however.
Red Rock Canyon National Park
There are a number of canyons that are only a day trip away from Las Vegas, and Red Rock Canyon is not only one of the most impressive but also one of the closest. It’s only 17 miles south of the city center of Las Vegas making it one of the easiest day trips you can do.
Red Rock Canyon was the first national conservation area in Nevada and there is plenty to do if you decide to visit. The beautiful red and cream Calico Hills are a must for photographs and you can explore the canyon in many different ways.
If you’re able, you can hire a horse or electric bike for the day, or you can hike around the many trails and sights.
Los Angeles And Hollywood
Many tourists who visit Las Vegas also add Los Angeles to the trip as a separate stop. However, as LA is only four hours from Las Vegas if you want to you can do it as a day trip.
When in LA there are many things that you can choose to do. It’s one of the most vibrant cities in the world and like other large cities, there are countless museums, galleries, and world-class restaurants to enjoy.
You could also go shopping in the famous Beverly Hills or venture out to Hollywood for a photo of the Hollywood sign and the chance to walk down the Walk of Fame.
LA is also blessed with many beautiful beaches and boardwalks so whatever you want to do, you’re sure to find it in Los Angeles.
This is another of the many impressive canyons that surround Las Vegas but it is one of the locations furthest away from Las Vegas on this list. It can still be done in a day, but at a five-hour drive, you will want to get up early to make the most of your time.
Bryce Canyon is full of unique and extraordinary rock formations that you won’t see anywhere else. Although it’s labeled a canyon, it’s more like a collection of several natural amphitheaters.
You can spend hours wandering around the canyon and looking at the rock formations to see what you can find. Some of them look like city walls, others like castles, and some people claim to see faces in the rocks, too.
Many people like to team a trip to Bryce Canyon with a visit to the nearby Zion National Park.
Zion National Park
As we just mentioned it, we should include Zion National Park as its own entry, too! This national park is very different from most of the parks near Las Vegas as it has acres of greenery instead of just harsh deserts.
You will find a wide variety of vegetation at Zion National Park but it’s all framed by stunning rock formations and canyons.
As the park is over state lines and is in Utah, it’s a little further out from Las Vegas than some other options on this list but it is a wonderful place for photographers to capture stunning landscape photos.
Our last suggestion for a day trip is like nothing else on this list and is sure to appeal to many who prefer to do something a little different.
Area 51 is famous for being a secretive military base and is home to more conspiracy theories than any other place on Earth.
Of course, there won’t be any tours around the facility available to the general public but an entire business has evolved around the base and the rumors that circulate it.
After snapping some photos of the base and the signs around it, you can head into the nearby town for all of your alien needs.
It has a restaurant called Little A’le’Inn and this is a fun stop for anyone serious about alien conspiracies but also those that just want to enjoy a unique experience.
In this article, we listed nine incredible day trips from Las Vegas to see the sights and explore. We included several areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Grand Canyon and Death Valley National Park.
For those that want something a little more city-based, you have the option of a day trip to Los Angeles and Hollywood. If you want your day trips to be more unique, however, you can take a trip to Area 51.
Whatever your tastes, we’re sure there is a day trip here for you!
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