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More to Las Vegas than gambling

Vegas is the perfect place for exciting shows, celebrity restaurants, luxurious resorts and adventure but for those looking for some R&R or downtime amongst it all, well it has this in bucket loads too.

The surrounding areas of Nevada offers many opportunities to explore the great outdoors, so why not extend your stay and take advantage of one of the lowest room rates in America plus access to world-class nightlife. All just a short drive from the Strip, adventure-lovers can still make it back to the Strip in time for dinner and a show.

Here are the top 5 Las Vegas day trips that are worth checking out.

Death Valley

Death Valley National Park is a must.  A little further at two-to-three hours’ drive from Las Vegas, this scenic wonder has the lowest elevation on the North American continent at 280 feet below sea level. Highlights include: Dante’s View, Badwater, Devil’s Golf Course, Artists Palette, Zabri skie Point and Furnace Creek and these are easy to visit in one day. The guided tour from the visitors centre is well worth the time—particularly for dinosaur fans who will be fascinated by the paleontology tour. Death Valley features the lowest point and the hottest place in North America, but these extremes create striking scenic beauty that can’t be missed. More: www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

Grand Canyon National Park

It’s one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, but until helicopter companies began scenic flights, it used to take a five hour bus ride to tick this one off the bucket list. Companies like Maverick, Papillon and Sundance Helicopters have since come to the resecure, offering breathtaking birds-eye views of the canyon and surrounding areas. For those after more than just scenery, Maverick Tours offer a ‘Heliyoga’ experience which includes a private yoga session for up to six people at the top of the Valley of Fire.  The 75 minute sessions includes a custom playlist with instructions transmitted through wireless headphones. More: www.maverickhelicopter.com

Red Rock Canyon

Just over a 20 minute drive from Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon offers tourists a relaxing day trip with plenty of adventurous options. The park has 19 hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult, and offers views of thousands of plants and wildlife. Great boulders and sheer rock faces bring climbers from around the world to discover the maze of canyons and peaks. There are also  a variety of different ways to experience Red Rock Canyon such as: electric bike tours, rock climbing, horseback riding and bird watching. More: www.redrockcanyonlv.org

Hoover Dam

Named one of the top ten Construction Achievements of the 20th Century, Hoover Dam is a world-famous man-made wonder, and is only a 45 minute drive from the Strip. Allow a little extra time to walk across the dam bypass bridge, officially known as the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge to get the most amazing views of the dam. More: www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam

Lake Mead Recreation Area

For year-round outdoor adventure, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in southern Nevada can’t be beat. Both water and land lovers will love exploring the 1.5 million acre recreation area. Only half an hour to 45 minutes away from the strip, travellers can escape from the hustle and bustle of the Strip whilst checking out the 16th largest manmade lake in the world. More: www.nps.gov/lake/index.htm

For more information on Las Vegas visit www.lasvegas.com/au or for more information on Nevada visit www.travelnevada.com.

Kate Webster
Kate Webster
Kate Webster is a travel journalist - travel writer and photographer who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits.Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate's inspiration behind her writing and photography.When she’s not bouncing around the world on ramshackle buses, overcrowded trains, or on the back of a rickshaw, you can find her based in Sydney or the Gold Coast, Australia eagerly planning her next adventure.
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