Two Best Short Day Trips To Take While Staying In Las Vegas
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We all know what Las Vegas is all about. When people visit Vegas, people always have a game plan. Activities such as gambling, partying and shopping are definitely a must. I must admit, they also have some of the best spas I've ever been to and a great destination for all the foodies out there!
(Photo: Aria Hotel in Las Vegas)
But if you are like me, who wonders what other things you can do throughout the day that doesn't involve gambling, partying, eating or shopping, you tend to wonder all the other activities you can do outside the strip. Believe it or not, there's a ton! And it only requires an hour or two drive to see some of the most amazing views you can experience here in the country. All you need is a car, and most rental cars are pretty affordable in my opinion and worth it when it comes to exploring the surrounding areas.
There are two places that I definitely recommend that you must check out when you want to get out of the strip for a day, and it only takes an hour or an hour and a half to get to these places. Plenty of time to explore if you leave early in the morning and you will be back in time to enjoy a nice dinner in Vegas!
1. Death Valley California
Being in two different state in one day?! Why not right?!
Known to be the.....
Hottest, Driest, and Lowest National Park
Death Valley is located in Eastern California. "In this below sea level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make this place a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley." - NPC
(Photos below: First Stop, The Artist Drive. A scenic loop drive through multi-hued hills.)
(Photos below: Second Stop, Zabriskies Point - Golden colored badlands and a spectacular spot for sunrise.)
(Photos below: Third Stop: Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes - Tawny dunes smoothly rise nearly 100 ft (30 m) from Mesquite Flat.)
(Photos below: Fourth Stop: Badwater Basin- The lowest point in North America, at 282 ft (86 m) below sea level, a surreal landscape of vast salt flats.)
Be very careful when you visit during a hot season. My feet and hands were quite swollen after our visit. The air was so dry and quite salty as well)
We didn't visit every single stops but they do offer a few more sights that you can check out. If you would like to know more information about a few the things you can see while visiting Death Valley Nation Park, CLICK HERE.
2. Valley of Fire
"Valley of Fire State Park is a public recreation and nature preservation area covering nearly 46,000 acres located 16 miles south of Overton, Nevada. The state park derives its name from red sandstone formations, the Aztec Sandstone, which formed from shifting sand dunes 150 million years ago." - Nevada States Park
An interesting rock formation and sight to see indeed. Entrance fee is $10 per car.
Here's a quick video my husband made to summarize our whole trip :)
Until next time! <3