Las Vegas is a one-of-a-kind destination. It is city where people leave their inhibitions at the door and immerse themselves in the unique atmosphere of the city.
From the all-night bars (which we introduced to you last week) to the glitz and glamour of the casinos, Las Vegas can be a highly consuming place. It’s only natural that you may feel the need to take a time out and enjoy something away from the chaotic nature of Sin City. Luckily, there is a world to discover past that famous sign.
These are the absolute must-see places and natural wonders on a day trip from Las Vegas.
When you have one of the great wonders of the world within driving distance, it would be rude not to go and see it. Leave the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas behind and visit the awe-inspiring serenity that comes with the Grand Canyon.
Just two hours from the Vegas Strip is the sprawling expanse of one of the great natural sites in the US. Covering an incredible 277 miles, this huge gorge has been carved into the Arizona landscape by the raging Colorado River and there are so many ways you can experience it.
Book a guided helicopter tour, step out on the glass-bottomed Skywalk, take on one of the hiking routes or simply walk the national park trail and embrace the sheer stillness of the canyon.
In the late-1920s, the people of Black Canyon and Boulder Canyon were looking for the best way to harness hydroelectric power from the Colorado River. What they came up with was the Hoover Dam. Named after President Herbert Hoover, it is yet another Nevada landmark that will leave you open mouthed at its grandiose.
Less than an hour away from Las Vegas, you can take the tour of the dam and see how the thousands upon thousands of gallons of water are converted into power for an entire city. Trace the story of the incredible manpower it took to build and wonder just why it took them so long to decide that the Hoover Bypass was badly needed.
Valley of Fire
In a state renowned for its iconic natural wonders, this is one is pretty special. The Valley of Fire is as dramatic as its name suggests. The bright red layers of Aztec sandstone shimmer in the midday sun and many of the rocks bear the markings of a human civilisation from a bygone era.
The state park contains native Indian petroglyphs that are believed to date back over almost 3,000 years and give an insight of how life was like for our ancestors. Today, the area is a designated national park which has a range of hiking trails, camp sites as well as regular events and guided tours.
What did actually happen at Area 51? Is it true that the government made contract with extraterrestrial life forms there? Was that alien autopsy actually a hoax or did it actually happen? Are we actually alone in this universe? The truth is out there.
Area 51 has long been a (flying) source(r) of intrigue and you can take the trip along Extraterrestrial Highway to find out more. Stop off at the famous Little A’Le’Inn and indulge in some conspiracy theories with fellow patrons about the world’s most secretive military facility. What does actually go on at Area 51?
There are not many places on earth as unforgiving as Death Valley. In these parts, rainy days are a flight of fantasy, scorching heat regularly boils the mercury to the high 40s and life struggles to cling on to this arid landscape.
However, like the salt lakes in Utah, Death Valley demonstrates the fascinating powers of Mother Nature. The largest national park in mainland America, Death Valley has a wealth of intriguing parts such as Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, the former mining site of Keane Wonder Mine and the ghost town of Rhyolite which was completed abandoned at the end of the gold rush.
St George, Utah
Despite being just 120 miles away, St George and Las Vegas could not be more different. The sleepy Utah town is the relaxed ice tea to Vegas’ tequila slammer. Like with many towns in the state, St George is dominated by a huge temple and, having been built in 1877, St George Utah Temple is oldest of its kind in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Head to St George’s historic downtown and visit the Old Pioneer Courthouse and the Dixie Academy Building before enjoying a beat to eat at one of its many charming restaurant. When you need a breather from the craziness of Las Vegas, St George is the place to come.
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