6 Naturally Revitalizing Las Vegas Day Trips
- Floating high: Walk on air above the Grand Canyon
- Exploring low: Find the lowest point in North America
- On the water: Cruise along a stunning lake with a princess
Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park (Driving distance: 4.5 hours)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world’s most famous and spectacular natural formations, and the sense of scale and grandeur as you look out from one of the observation decks is unforgettable. This is one of the more distant road trips, so you may consider an overnight stay.
Make It Two Days?
Home2 Suites by Hilton Lake Powell
Hampton Inn Kanab
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Flagstaff
Las Vegas to Hoover Dam (Driving distance: 45 minutes)
One of the country’s most impressive feats of engineering, the Hoover Dam has an enduring appeal to visitors. It straddles the Nevada-Arizona state line. Standing atop the structure is an awe-inspiring experience, as you imagine the scale of the construction. Hold onto your hats! The winds across the dam can get up to 30mph.
Las Vegas to Zion National Park (Driving distance: 2.5 hours)
You could spend days in Zion’s expanse of gorgeous rock formations, desert landscapes and woodlands. If you plan to explore independently, check specific route details as some require permits. Still, there are guided bus tours from the city that will take you there and back in a day.
- Hop on the frequent shuttle that will drop you at any point along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Staying in until the last stop takes in a wealth of incredible scenery, and drops you at Riverside Walk, one of the easier trails.
- Try one of the Emerald Pools Trails - hikes that take you past some of the region’s most vivid pools. The easiest is a one-hour, one-mile round trip that takes you past 50-foot waterfalls (prepare to be wowed!).
Where To Stay
Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park
Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection by Hilton
Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park (Driving distance: 2 hours)
Red Rock Canyon
Las Vegas to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (Driving distance: 30 minutes)
It can take 20 minutes to cross a casino floor at the bigger resorts, so this short drive from the Strip is a low stake bet.
Las Vegas to Lake Mead (Driving distance: 45 minutes)
Along with Red Rock Canyon, this is one of the easier, low-stakes day trips from Las Vegas, but it remains a rewarding diversion. Stop by the visitor center at the corner of Great Basin Highway and Lakeshore Drive to pick up local maps and survey the various options.