Day Trips in Las Vegas

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There’s much more to Las Vegas than the Strip. The state of Nevada is home to national historic landmarks such as Hoover Dam as well as a wide variety of rugged canyons, active ranches, and pristine parks. And much like Hoover Dam – only a short 30-mile drive southeast from Las Vegas, most Las Vegas day trips are located in close proximity to the city. Continue reading through the listings below to find out more about some of the best Las Vegas day trips.

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May 21, 2008 new by mcburton

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Area 51 & Rachel Nevada

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This infamous “secret” air base is believed to house UFO’s and aliens recovered from the famous Roswell, New Mexico flying saucers crash. Located right off the Extraterrestrial Highway is the town of Rachel, Nevada, which also houses Area 51 Research Center. The town of Rachel has roughly 100 residents and one restaurant/bar/hotel -- A'Le'Inn (775-729-2515). Area 51, also known as “Groom Lake,” is located roughly 90 miles north of Las Vegas.

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tel:Inquires can be directed to A'Le'Inn: 775-729-2515
url:www.rachel-nevada.com
address:Rachel, Nevada
email:kayemedlin@yahoo.com

Hoover Dam & Lake Mead

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More than 10 million visitors travel to Hoover Dam each year to explore one of the world's greatest engineering and architectural marvels. And the great thing about this day trip is even if you only have three days to spend in Las Vegas, Hoover Dam is so close (30 miles  southeast from Las Vegas), that you can visit anytime of the day. You can rent a car and go it alone to Hoover Dam or you can opt for a Deluxe Grayline Tour (www.grayline.com). Deluxe Grayline Tours are roughly 7-1/2 hours long and they include buffet lunch and a side trip to Ethel M Chocolate more..

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tel:888-248-1259
url:www.usbr.gov
address:Lake Mead, Nevada
email:hooverdam@vegas.com

Valley of the Fire State Park

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Located 60 miles northeast of Las Vegas and 65 miles from Hoover Dam is the 36,000-acre Valley of Fire State Park. The major attraction here are the bright red rock formations that you just won't find anywhere else in the world. Some of the formations resemble shapes such as beehives, elephants, and ducks. Rock climbing, hiking trails, and educational tours are on the menu here as well as camping, picnics, and a visit to the Lost City Museum or Archaeology. The Lost City Museum, established in 1935, is located at 721 S. Moapa Valley Boulevard in Overton, more..

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tel:702-397-2088
url:parks.nv.gov
address:Overton, Nevada
email:vof@mvdsl.com

Petroglyphs

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The greatest place that I have found to experience petroglyphs near Las Vegas. Go south of the city to Grapevine Canyon. An easy drive in on a dirt road. plenty of parking. A level walk to the canyon entrance. An opportunity to see petrofglyphs up close and personal.

http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/Grapevine_Canyon_4120.asp

http://www.vegas.com/attractions/outside_lasvegas/grapevinecanyon.html

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Nelson

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Just south of the City is an old mining town of Nelson. This is the famous Eldorado Canyon. Great views, wonderful country store, tours of the mine.

A bit further down the road is a great picnic place overlooking the deep blue Colorado River

http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/nv/nelson.html

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Wild horses

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If you go north out of the city untill you get to the prisons, turn and go on that road till you get to a settlemenmt, go thru that and uyp into the hills, you may encounter some of the tamest wild horses in the area. Some may come right up to you. Others are a bit more distant. Great place for pictures. And there is a hiking trail at the end of the road. Just one thing, the road cli9mbs about 5000 feet or more.

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