Into The Sun! Top 5 Las Vegas Day Trips

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Now that fall has arrived and the weather has finally cooled off in Las Vegas, it’s a great time to start planning some fun day trips while you’re in town. We’ve rounded up five of our favorite outdoor adventures that are all just a short drive from Sin City.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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For those that lament there aren’t any beaches or campgrounds in the Las Vegas area, a trip to Lake Mead will quickly dispel that myth. Roughly 45 minutes from Las Vegas, you’ll find two massive lakes and over 1.5 million acres of land for you to explore. From swimming and picnicking to boating and camping, Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a far cry from The Strip.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Get info and directions here.

Hoover Dam

A 505 foot by 255 foot American Flag was flown from the downstream face of the dam. The flag weighed 3,000 pounds and was hoisted by three separate cables located at the top of the dam. The flying of the flag was part of a ceremony in which the 1996 Summer Olympic torch, on its way to Atlanta, Georgia, was carried across Hoover Dam.

The Hoover Dam has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s seven modern civil engineering wonders and for good reason. Located approximately 30 miles from Las Vegas, this short drive will take you past Lake Mead National Recreation Area and directly to the Hoover Dam. There are several fun and informative tours you can take that allow you to go inside the dam itself, where you will discover firsthand how history was made. After the tour, there are plenty of expansive viewing areas to check out where you will be able to take some great souvenir photos. If you’ve never been to the Hoover Dam before, this Las Vegas day trip is well worth it.

Hoover Dam
Get info and directions here.

The Valley of Fire State Park

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Nevada has plenty of red rocks, but then there are those that can only be found at The Valley of Fire State Park, which also happens to be the oldest state park in Las Vegas. Located about 58 miles from The Strip in the Mojave Desert, we recommend taking the scenic route so you can pass Lake Mead National Recreation Area along the way. The park stays open year round and is open from dawn to dusk, so you can capture some truly exceptional images at any time of day. Entrance fees are just $10 per vehicle and you can also camp for $20 per night. When it comes to the mountains of Nevada, they don’t get more gorgeous than this.

The Valley of Fire State Park
29450 Fire Washington
Overton, NV 89040
(702) 397-2088

Bonnie Springs Ranch

Bonnie Springs Ranch

Bonnie Springs Ranch is truly an adventure for the entire family! Built in 1843 as a stopover for wagon trails going to California, everything has lovingly been preserved to treat tourists to a glimpse of what the old town was really like. This “oasis in the desert” makes for a great day trip, where you can enjoy everything from live music, horse riding, a local zoo and more. In October, guests will also be treated to haunted houses, spooky train rides and magic shows. We also recommend having a meal at the town’s cozy diner and there’s also a motel should you decide you want to extend your stay.

Bonnie Springs Ranch
16935 Bonnie Springs Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89124
(702) 875-4191

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Less than two hours from Las Vegas is one of the most impressive natural wonders in the world, the Grand Canyon. Located close to the border of Nevada and Utah, hundreds of thousands of people flock here every year to take in the scenic sights and get in some adventurous hikes. The signature combination of geological rock coloring and erosion makes for great helicopter rides through the Grand Canyon and there also a 277 mile river running throughout as well. A lot of people don’t realize how close Las Vegas is to the Grand Canyon, but it’ a trip that can easily be made in a day and one that will provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Grand Canyon
Get info and directions here.

Featured photo via Flickr 

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