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Many Vegas Visitors Make This Mistake

shutterstock_261861617One great thing about visiting Las Vegas is that it serves as a great base to travel from when you want a break from the Strip. The options for day trips are almost countless, but there are two short trips, less than an hour’s drive, that are must sees. But, too many visitors make this mistake. They don’t visit two special places both of which are an hour or less away.

A unique feature of venturing outside the cityscape of Las Vegas is the opportunity to encounter the various and sometimes drastic changes of scenery. You are within three hours of Death Valley, the west rim of the Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park in Utah.

The two trips we focus on today are to Hoover Dam and to Red Rock Canyon, both of which are 45-60 minutes from the Strip. Each of these stops offers a totally different set of scenery.

At Hoover Dam there is onsite parking, a souvenir shop, and full tours available that will take you deep inside the inner workings of the Dam. You can also drive up to the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and walk across to get a great view of the Dam from high above. There is a security check point right before you enter the Dam area so act normal. They take security seriously.


On one of our trips a good friend was in the front seat typing away on his laptop. I told him he better put his computer up because it would arouse suspicion. He didn’t and they pulled us over for the full treatment. What fun!

You can still drive across the Dam but only to park on the Arizona side. You cannot continue on to Arizona. Now you must drive across the O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge.

Here are driving instructions to the Dam from the Strip

At Red Rock Canyon, there is a 13 mile one-way scenic drive where you may see burros, snakes, road runners, hawks, lizards, toads, and foxes. You may even see some tarantulas, scorpions, and dragonflies. There are incredible landscapes. The terrain is amazing. Red Rock Canyon has been part of many movies and commercials. Once you visit you will know why.

Here are driving instructions to Red Rock Canyon from the Strip



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