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Day Trips You Can Take From Las Vegas

Day Trips You Can Take From Las Vegas

Posted By: Exodusadmin Date: 03/01/2020

While there is more than enough to see and do within the city itself, you might want to venture further afield during your stay and experience other nearby attractions. We get it—as great as this location is, it can all get a bit too much sometimes. Luckily for you, we have a whole host of Las Vegas trips that will take you on a wonderful out-of-town adventure.
As you might imagine, there are more places to visit than the ones we mention here but it’s a fantastic starting point (especially if you’ve never holidayed in Vegas before).

The Grand Canyon at sunset

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon has been a must-see, colossal rock formation since 1919 when it was awarded National Park status in order to preserve it for years to come.

You will want to start your day at the visitor’s centre in Mather Point where you can acquire maps, find out about guided activities and decipher the weather for the day. Remember that, once you get down to the bottom of the canyon (it takes about five hours when riding a mule), the temperature can increase by 100 degrees! Make sure to pack sunscreen!

Abandoned buildings in Chloride Ghost Town

Chloride Mining Town

Chloride Mining Town used to be inhabited by people who traded ore, however, nowadays there are only a few hundred people who reside here. Some of these occupants put on weekend shows of gunslinging and rodeo riding which gives you a real taste of the Wild West.

You’ll also notice the lack of garden flowers. This is because the soil is so dry (it’s the desert, after all). Instead, people decorate their garden with whimsical glass artworks which will certainly impress you. If culture is what you’re after, you will certainly receive it here!

Close up of the Extraterrestrial Highway sign at sunset

Extraterrestrial Highway

The Highway 375 has been dubbed as the Extra-terrestrial Highway since 1996. Why? It’s because it goes through a town called Rachel, which is the closest inhabitable space to Area 51.

You can have a wild time on a tour with others from the Las Vegas Strip which takes you on a 150-mile journey to the aforementioned place. Of course, the aim of the guided route is to get you to Area 51, but a lot of the stops are non-alien related.

You may be lucky enough to see animals such as coyote, elk, bobcats, mountain lions and desert tortoises in their natural habitat as you drive along (or at one of the many pitstops). Just be mindful of their wellbeing and don’t partake in anything that could upset them!

The Hoover Dam light up at night

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam is situated in Black Canyon which is extremely close to Las Vegas itself. It has been marked as one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century—quite the accolade we think.

If you’re unsure about what this actually is, then we are here to negate all uncertainty! Put simply it is the highest dam in the Western Hemisphere. Its 17 generators produce a whopping 4 billion kilowatts of electricity (madness!) which makes it America’s biggest power facility.

Since you are so close by, it is definitely worth a visit!

Overview of Lake Mead national park

Lake Mead

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is only 30 minutes away and makes for a wonderful Las Vegas trip (especially if you are fed up of the dry landscape!).

The park itself spans 1.5 million acres which includes 820 miles of shoreline—we know, your friends will think you’re insane, there’s no expanse of water in Vegas, right?! Amazingly, Lake Mead was actually made due to the Hoover Dam (which we talked about above) so you can kill two birds with one stone and see both the concrete structure and its off-shoot creation!

A yellow train at the Nevada Southern Railway

Nevada Southern Railway

Situated in Boulder City, this blast from the age-old past is only half an hour away from the Strip. It still utilises the original track, which brought the materials needed for the Hoover Dam, for your authentic, 45-minute weekend ride.

You can choose to sit in an open-air car or in a lovely, air-conditioned one. For those photographers among us, you will want to choose the one in the elements since you can achieve clear shots out across the landscape.

Whatever you decide to do during your Las Vegas trip, we know you will have the time of your life. Ensure you do your research though and obtain tickets ahead of time if that is a necessity!

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