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10 Day Trips from Las Vegas to Get You Out of the City

Not only is Las Vegas home to an electrifying and entertaining atmosphere, but it also offers a range of day trips out of town. These routes take travelers to fascinating destinations, including the Grand Canyon and Area 51. The locations are often within a few hours drive.



Day trips and thrilling experience of the dashing city make for a vacation like no other. The trips also help to distract the spirit from the bustling city. Here are some of the best day trips visitors should consider when visiting Sin City.

ten death valley national park

Located in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley National Park is home to some interesting features, including the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. The park is a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, and despite being in California, it’s still a perfect getaway spot for Las Vegas tourists.

The road trip is full of stretches of magnificent features that lie along the vast Mojave Desert. Tourists can hire private tour operators and travel in groups to get fantastic tour packages.

  • Location:
    Located in the Mojave Desert

  • Business hours :
    Open 24 hours

  • Admission fees :
    $20

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9 Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park is one of America’s most significant natural features. Considered magnificent by many travellers, the park’s rugged terrain intertwines with vegetated cliffs to provide breathtaking views for sightseers. It’s no surprise that tourists flock to the area to snap photos of the scenery.

A road trip to the park can be exhausting as it is a nine hour drive. However, travelers can choose to fly over via the multiple affordable helicopter services offered by Las Vegas tour operators.

  • Location:
    Northwestern Arizona

  • Driving distance:
    9 hours

  • Admission fees :
    $20

8 Lower Antelope Canyon

The Lower Antelope Canyon offers hiking enthusiasts an experience hard to find in Sin City. A unique natural feature, the canyon has been home to the Navajo people for centuries. Shrouded in red rocks and uneven ground cover, the area is beautiful to look at and consistently features in travel magazines.

Extensive sandstone sits neatly across the park’s terrain while trails wind through the cliffs, providing the ultimate trekking experience. Tourists enjoy hiking and snapping photos on the cliffs while admiring the natural setting of Page, Arizona from a distance.

  • Location:
    Page, Arizona

  • Driving distance:
    4 hours 30 minutes

  • Admission fees :
    $40 – $80

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seven Goodsprings ghost town

A 40 minute drive away, Goodsprings is a typical Wild West ghost town. The town was a mining area in the early 1900s, and once the mines ran out, residents deserted the area for nearby booming Las Vegas. Today, the place is a tourist attraction, attracting thousands of travelers from all over the country who visit to learn more about this city.

  • Location:
    Good Springs, Nevada

  • Driving distance:
    40 minutes

  • Admission fees :
    Free

6 Horseshoe Bend

Another beautiful area for hiking is the Horse Shoe Bend. Shaped like a horseshoe, the Horse Shoe Bend is home to incredible cliffs with the Colorado River meandering along its edges. The ridges are perfect vantage points as they provide an elevated view of the Colorado River. The rugged environment of the terrain also makes for an ideal hiking experience.

  • Location:
    Page, Arizona

  • Driving distance:
    4 hours 30 minutes

  • Admission fees :
    Free

5 valley of fire

Voted the most scenic place to drive in southern Nevada, Valley of Fire State Park is home to some magnificent rock formations. The valley has expanses of artistic Aztec sandstone covering the terrain and the cliffs. The sandy runoff is full of petroglyphs.

On the other hand, the rock formations are ideal for climbing, while the terrain is perfect for cycling and hiking. The park is open to everyone and operates 24 hours a day all year round.

  • Location:
    Overton, Nevada.

  • Driving distance:
    1 hour 15 minutes

  • Admission fees :
    $25 for overnight camping

4 Bryce Canyon National Park

One of the most popular day trips in Las Vegas, Bryce Canyon National Park is home to several canyons. The vast boulders are the main features of the park, providing a fantastic hiking experience. The area is a few miles from Las Vegas and is open to everyone.

  • Location:
    City of Bryce Canyon

  • Driving distance:
    4 hours and 15 minutes

  • Admission fees :
    $20 – $35


3 red rock canyon

The Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area has stretches of successive cliffs that have existed for over 150 million years. The park contains an extensive blanket of Aztec sandstone which turns the area red, hence the name Red Rock. There are various activities for visitors in this region, with off-road driving and cycling being the most popular among tourists.

  • Location:
    Vegas

  • Distance by car: 18 minutes

  • Admission fees :
    $5 – $15

2 Hoover Dam

Essentially the power grid of Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam radiates magnificence as it sits in the path of the mighty Colorado River. The dam powers most of the state of Nevada, making it a landmark to visit. Tourists drive to this dam to see the Grand Canyon from a distance while learning more about the history of the body of water.

  • Location:
    Outside Las Vegas

  • Driving distance:
    40 minutes

  • Admission fees :
    Free

1 Area 51

This military base which sits along the Extraterrestrial Highway has for years been the subject of conspiracy theories involving the existence of extraterrestrials. The place is 88 miles from Las Vegas and is home to petroglyphs and other fascinating landmarks, including the bizarre Janet Airlines and the Aleinn, an alien-themed bar.

  • Location:
    Lincoln County, Nevada

  • Driving distance:
    1h30

  • Admission fees :
    Free