Leaving Las Vegas

If you’re planning your first trip to Las Vegas, your mind is no doubt full of images of luxuorious hotels, the casinos and the nightlife, a buzzing oasis in the middle of the Nevada dessert.  But, while you’ll definitely want to explore all that the Strip has to offer – which means sipping a cocktail in the best Las Vegas bars and dancing the night away in a top Las Vegas club – you should also go native. There is now so much more to Las Vegas than meets the eye and if you are looking for something different to do with your day, take a leaf out of the locals book and head out of town for a couple of hours.

There is a lot about Las Vegas that people don’t know and much more to Las Vegas than just the Strip. There’s actually plenty to do in the Las Vegas area during the day, especially if you are feeling up for some fun and adventure, want to spread your wings and go a little further afield. Why not gather up family and friends and get ready for a road trip? Stock up with some snacks, soft drinks and sun cream and you’re ready to hit the road…

Rent a car and the world is literally your oyster. A beautiful 3 hrs drive out of town is the stunning Hoover Dam, a classic historical feat of engineering. Even if physics were never your favorite subject at school, the drive to the dam is fantastic and we defy you not to be stunned by the view.  The federal government operates both short tours and complete tours of the interior but double check times and prices before leaving the hotel.

Another 2.5 to 3 hours south along the Colorado River you will come across Lake Havasu City complete with the famous London Bridge brought to Lake Havasu from England. A popular holiday spot in its own right, there are plenty of fun tours to take including a flight in a bi-seater World War II plane. Not forgetting the water babies, there are also plenty of jet skies, boats, paddle boats and even kayaks for rent.

Not wanting to go quite so far? Then a mere 15 miles west of the hubbub of Las Vegas lays thepeaceful, scenic national park of Red Rock Canyon offering horse riding tours, jeep tours, hiking routes and photographic panoramic trails. Anyone that enjoys the great outdoors will not fail to enjoy the breathtaking views the Canyon has to offer.  If, however, horses and hiking not quite your thing, then making a pit stop at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center or the Red Rock Visitor’s Centre for a 13 mile scenic drive through the north part of the park.

If you fancy more of an aerial view of nature, point the car in the direction of Boulder City and Bootleg Canyon Park. A 30 minute drive from the heart of Las Vegas the Park is the starting point for Flightlines, the first ever ZipLine adventure in Nevada.  You’ll soar over the desert landscape free as a bird and it’s suitable for all the family.

Something for kids and big kids alike, the Las Vegas surrounding area offers a range of fun filled days out for both the adventurous and the not so adventurous.   Returning to Las Vegas exhausted but rewarded in your outdoor explorations why not splash out on a nighttime tour of the strip? Suitable for all the family or a romantic rendezvous, this is definitely an awe-inspiring tour worth working into the budget.

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