Las Vegas is a fabulous city, but after a while, the lights, people, and loss of money at the casinos can get a person down. Thankfully, there are numerous attractions near Sin City, and people can head out to one in the morning, and still be back to enjoy some of what the Strip offers at night.
Here are the 9 best day trips from Las Vegas:
1 Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is only a forty-minute drive from Las Vegas, so it is quite easy to do in a day. The dam is much closer to the city than the Grand Canyon, and while they are not the same, both are remarkable. Visitors can choose to wander around the area themselves or take one of the two available tours. The two tour options include the Powerplant Tour and the Dam Tour. The most recommended sites at the dam include Old Hoover and the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.
2 Lake Mead
Everyone usually loves spending time out on the water, especially when it is hot outside. Lake Mead is approximately forty-minutes from the city and people can rent boats, water skis, and knee boards, for some fun under the sun. If you’re looking for even more adventure, book an ATV tour from Las Vegas to the lake.
3 Valley of Fire State Park
The Valley of Fire State Park is the oldest state park as well as the largest. People can drive there from Las Vegas in less than an hour. Inside the park, people can see a large number of ancient plants and trees, but the most intriguing items are the three-thousand-year-old Indian petroglyphs. Everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic lunch as well as lots of water, as it can get extremely hot during the day.
4 Clark County Heritage Museum
This museum is only twenty-five minutes from the city, and it covers the history of the state from pre-historic times to the current day. People can explore the thirty acres while viewing restored houses, barns, and churches. There is also an exhibit that shares the history of the mining industry and ghost towns of the region. No one will want to miss the fascinating exhibit that displays information about the entertainment industry of Las Vegas, both on and off the Strip.
5 Zion National Park
This national park is in Utah, which means that it will take a person approximately two and a half hours to get there from Las Vegas. The distance shouldn’t discourage anyone from planning a visit though, as the canyons, hiking trails, and natural surroundings are worth it. Visitors can learn about the park at the Zion Nature Center and the junior ranger program is perfect for families.
6 Bonnie Springs Ranch
The Wild West is everywhere on Bonnie Springs Ranch, just thirty minutes from the city. The ranch encompasses one hundred and fifteen acres that is filled with a zoo, horseback rides, a train, and numerous museums. Additional entertainment includes gun fights, which every guest loves.
7 Charleston Peak
Mount Charleston is the highest peak in Nevada and people can reach this location in less than an hour. The hiking trails are clearly marked and the views from the top are phenomenal. It is cooler on the mountain than it is in the city, which is great during the warmer months of the year, and hikers will be thrilled to see the snow that caps the mountain during the winter months.
8 Nelson Ghost Town and Techatticup Mine
This town and old mine is less than an hour away from the city, and it is the perfect place to catch gold fever. The town of Nelson was founded during the gold rush of the Eldorado mountains, and while there are a few people still living there, it could still be considered a ghost town. There are quite a few old buildings and machines lying around, so it does feel deserted and abandoned. The Techatticup Mine is nearby and everyone can take a tour of this well-preserved gold mine.
9 The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is not as close to Las Vegas as many of these other destinations, but it is the most popular attraction for those visiting the city. Since it is quite some distance away, many people will want to take a tour bus out there instead of driving. The West Rim is the closest and it offers spectacular views as well as the Skywalk attraction. The Skywalk is a bridge that goes out over the canyon itself. The South Rim is further away, but just as magnificent to see. In a hurry? Try a helicopter tour.
No one needs to spend their entire vacation in the city of Las Vegas, because there are many other options available. Each destination is close enough that no one needs to switch hotels for a night or two or worry about getting back to the city too late. After all, the Strip is the main reason that everyone heads out to that area in the first place. The rest is just icing on the cake.