- Death Valley National Park
With an area of over 13,560 square kilometers, the Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the US, outside of Alaska. It is also the driest and hottest of all the national parks. The region is about 120 miles northwest of the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip. You can take either Route 95 or 160 to get there. Route 160 is recommended for its scenic beauty. The parched landscape with its sand dunes, salt flats, hills, and canyons offers an unparalleled scenic beauty. In fact, such is its unworldly appearance that George Lucas shot parts of the valley as the setting of the fictional planet Tatooine for his 1977 Star Wars movie. Several tours are available from Las Vegas to the Death Valley.
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located about 15 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. Due to its proximity to Vegas, this nature attraction is visited by more than 2 million tourists every year. The region is blessed with impressive geological features, most notably the stunning red rock formations that rise to a height of 3000 feet at certain places. There is a 13-mile loop road which provides vehicular access to many features of the area. Cycling and hiking are very popular in the region. Opportunities are also available for horseback riding, mountain biking, and camping.
- Bonnie Springs Ranch
If you have kids and looking for a fun place for a day trip, then Bonnie Springs Ranch is the ideal for you. This amusement park with a US western theme is located just 20 miles south west of Las Vegas. The ranch has been set on a natural oasis on a desert terrain. Bonnie Springs Ranch includes a zoo, an ‘Old Nevada’ western town, a miniature train, a small museum, a restaurant, and a motel. Other than exploring the attractions, kids can also enjoy horseback riding at the ranch.
- Valley of Fire State Park
46,000 acres of stunningly scenic red sandstone formations make the Valley of Fire State Park a popular day trip destination from Las Vegas. It is situated about 55 miles north east of the Las Vegas Strip and can be reached in a 90-minute drive. The unique formation of the Aztec sandstone of this park is due to natural erosion of over 150 million years, making it the oldest park in the region. The park gets its name from the red hue that looks like fire from a distance. There is an informative visitors center in the park which can tell you about the campsites and picnic grounds as well as the site where you can see ancient rock art.
- Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam is located about 32 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. It was completed in 1936 and is on the Colorado River. This engineering marvel was constructed during the Great Depression to provide employment to thousands of workers. This US National Historic Landmark is named after former US President Herbert Hoover. The reservoir created by this dam – Lake Mead – is the largest by volume in the US. Every day thousands of tourists visit the huge dam, which stands at a height of 752 feet.
- Lake Mead National Recreational Area
Lake Mead is the largest artificial reservoir in the US. It is located just about 20 miles east of Las Vegas. With 820 miles of shoreline and a plethora of outdoor activities to choose from, Lake Mead is one of the most popular day trip destinations in the region, attracting over 6 million tourists every year. The region boasts stunning scenery with its lava hills, red sandstone rocks, and Joshua trees. There is a mix of desert landscape and wilderness at Lake Mead. Visitors can engage in boating, fishing, sun bathing, swimming, and hiking almost all year round.
- Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the most-visited natural wonders in the world. Its proximity to Las Vegas prompts many tourists to take a day trip to the canyon when visiting Vegas. While some take the helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, most tourists prefer to drive. You can visit either the South Rim or the West Rim of the canyon from Las Vegas. The South Rim goes deeper into the canyon but is over a 5 hr drive. The West Rim is much closer, about 125 miles from Las Vegas. The drive is also quite scenic, even passing through a Native American Reservation. You also have access to the popular Skywalk when you visit the South Rim.
Originally posted 2017-07-11 07:28:20.