What are good day trips from Las Vegas?
- Red Rock Canyon: This park’s 13 miles of scenic drives and trails are around 20 miles away and just the natural break you need from the artificial (but incredible) world of Las Vegas. Meet Jackson, Red Rock Canyon’s adopted burro, and then take a hike. Literally.
- Hoover Dam: If you thought Las Vegas was impressive, wait until you see this architectural amazement less than an hour’s drive from the city. Take a tour and try to comprehend the vastness of it.
What are good half-day trips from Las Vegas?
- Lake Mead: At just over 30 miles away, it’s the closest body of water to Las Vegas. When you want to get wet and wild away from the hotel pools, this is your stop. Rent jet skis, canoes, kayaks, or whatever floats your boat.
- Area 51: Around an hour and a half drive from Sin City is one of the world’s most secretive military facilities. Drive along the Extraterrestrial Highway and stop at the curio shops that have leaned into those out-of-this-world conspiracy theories.
What about 2-day trips from Las Vegas?
- Joshua Tree: It’s three hours from the Vegas, but oh, the places you’ll go. Area 51 may house creatures from an alien planet, but you’ll feel like you’re in a different world while surrounded by unique trees and cacti. Camping out and stargazing is especially popular here due to its lack of light pollution. For even more stars—the Hollywood kind—make a stop at Smith’s Ranch Drive-in for movie nights like they used to be.
Los Angeles: If you’ve come this far and rented a car, why not drive a little farther? Start early and head five hours west to La La Land. A day and a night in the City of Angels is just what you need to balance out the good times had in Sin City.