Leaving Las Vegas!? The beautiful surroundings (nature parks) of Las Vegas have a lot to offer and will be a nice alteration against all “replica beauty” that Las Vegas has to offer herself. A totally different world! Also very beautifull but quiet. If you visit Las Vegas for a few days, you might consider to visit the Hoover Dam, Death Valley, Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston or Valley of Fire State Park.
The Hoover Dam and the parks mentioned above all are in the direct Las Vegas area. Other parks like the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Antelope Canyon are located quite a bit further from Las Vegas and can be visited during your tour through the South-West of the US.
It is possible to take a helicopter or plane tour to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. If you don’t have much time, this could be an option.
Of course, you can also consider to book a tour over the Grand Canyon at one of the little airports in the neighbourhood of the Grand Canyon. Tickets will be cheaper here. Several site visitors told me that a tour by plane or helicopter is definitely worth it. From the air, the Grand Canyon will be even more impressive.
The Hoover Dam and the before mentioned parks will be described in short. If you like more information on these and other National Parks in the South-West of the US, I recommend the National Park Service site.
Lastly a few travel tips! At the entrance of most parks you will find an Official Map and Guide ready for you. If you plan to visit more parks, it is best to buy a “Park Pass”.
Distance from Las Vegas to …
- Distance Las Vegas to Red Rock Canyon => 16,4 miles, travel time 20M
- Distance Las Vegas to Hoover dam => 33,4 miles, travel time 41M
- Distance Las Vegas to Mount Charleston => 39,1 miles, travel time 43M
- Distance Las Vegas to Valley of Fire State Park => via I-15 N en Valley of Fire Hwy = distance 48,9 miles, travel time 50M or via E Lake Mead Blvd en Northshore Rd = distance 62,1 miles. travel time 1H21M
- Distance Las Vegas to Death Valley => via US-95 N = distance 142 miles, travel time 2H10M or via NV-160 W = distance 123 miles, travel time 2H15H
- Distance Las Vegas to Grand Canyon =>via I-15 N = distance 252 miles, travel time 3H54M or via US-93 S en I-40 E = distance = 270 miles, travel time 3H54M
- Distance Las Vegas to Zion => 160 Miles, travel time 2H37M
- Distance Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon => 262 miles, travel time 3H48M
- Distance Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon => 280 miles, travel time 4H15
- Dinstance to casino cities => Jean: 32 miles, travel time 30M / Primm: 44,2 miles, travel time 42M / 98 miles, travel time 1H25M
Henderson and Boulder City
Other places in the neighborhood of Las Vegas are Henderson and Boulder City. In Henderson you can find the “Ethel M Chocolate factory and Cactus garden” which can be visited free of charge and the Clark Country Museum. Boulder City is a quiet town where you can’t gamble but where you will find a piece of history regarding the building of the Hoover Dam.
The movie Leaving Las Vegas
Did you know that there is a movie named “Leaving Las Vegas”. It is a sad movie about Ben Sanderson. Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. Leaving Las Vegas is a pretty dramatic film of 1995 with beautiful images of Las Vegas .
Leaving Las Vegas!? Don’t be like Ben Sanderson but enjoy the beautiful nature parks and don’t forget to come back to Las Vegas.
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