After being dazzled and dined in Las Vegas, a rejuvenating day in Mother Nature may be in order. Just beyond the lights of the Strip lie don’t-miss natural wonders and plentiful outdoor activities. Here are some of our favorite day trips from Vegas.
Red Rock Canyon
The contrast of the red rock and desert landscape here draws outdoor lovers—including rock climbers, hikers, bikers, and horseback riders—year-round. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a haven of adventure and natural beauty.
Hoover Dam and Lake Mead
Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir, surrounds one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century: the Hoover Dam. Boating and biking are a few of the many activities available, though it’s worth the trip just to see the dam alone.
Grand Canyon National Park
Take in America’s most iconic natural sight with a short day trip from Vegas. Choose from a helicopter, bus, or private van, and let expert guides escort you to the canyon’s best viewpoints.
Hollywood and Los Angeles
The glamour of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills are just a 4-hour drive from Las Vegas. Touring the two cities in one trip allows for indulgence in the sights, restaurants, and nightlife of both famous spots, set in dramatically different landscapes.