Las Vegas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S., and with good reason. The lights, the food, the shows and of course the gambling make this a popular spot for people of all backgrounds. But there are also some great options for people who want to get out of town for the day. Here are some amazing day trip options for when you just need to get away from The Strip.
The Hoover Dam is one of most popular destinations for a day trip from Las Vegas with almost one million people visiting every year. Located just 35 miles from The Vegas Strip, it’s an easy and interesting getaway.
The dam was built in the 1930's to provide power and water to the surrounding states and has been a tourist attraction almost since the beginning. It was the largest dam in the world when it was built and is still considered an amazing accomplishment in engineering.
Once you are at the dam you will want to take the Power Plant Tour. This tour takes you down into the structure and explains the history of the dam and how it works. I have taken this tour twice and really like seeing all the big machinery and learning more about the dam.
Tip: Visit the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge for a birds-eye view of the dam, easily accessible by pedestrian walkway.
The Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Area Park may only be 17 miles from Vegas, but it is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in nature and witness some extraordinary rock formations. The park features a 13 mile scenic drive that will reward you with closer views of the beautiful scenery. There are also hiking and biking trails throughout the park, making it a great option for thrill seekers.
Tip: Bring water to stay hydrated and snacks for quick energy as you explore the trails.
The Grand Canyon is not in Nevada but it is close enough that it gets a lot of day trip visitors from Las Vegas. There are many options for visiting the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas including: driving, flying tours, helicopter tours and bus tours.
Before choosing your trip you will have to decide where in the canyon you want to visit and how much time you want to devote. The flying tours to the canyon are more expensive but are also shorter than bus tours or self-drives.
The three options of areas to visit in the Grand Canyon are:
Tip: Bring extra camera batteries and memory cards for all of those photos you will take!
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Jeff has been traveling since he was born and continues to love to travel and explore new places. He founded GoTravelzing.com in early 2012 to document his travels and provide others with tips and advice on his favorite places to visit. When not traveling Jeff owns an Internet Marketing Business that assists other businesses in selling their products and services online. Jeff currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and has also lived in Dallas, Texas, and South Florida. He is always planning his next trip and his favorite country to visit is Spain. Follow Jeff on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Plus.
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