Thousands of people visit Las Vegas, Nevada every month, the majority of them stay in or around The Strip working their way from one casino to another. The Strip is now also full of designer shops and malls, so there is plenty to do for the women when the guys are off gambling. However, there is a lot more to the Las Vegas area than just the casino’s and shops, the surrounding area is full of beauty. It doesn’t cost much to hire a car in Vegas, and for a few hours you can get out into the wilderness and see what many other tourists miss.
Who hasn’t heard of the Hoover Dam? One of the world’s greatest engineering achievements, and it is really something amazing to see. Parking is very easy, and there are a lot of positions to take photographs, including from the new bridge. Stand on this amazing structure that has the power to keep back the Colorado River. Half is in Nevada, the other half stands in Arizona.
This is the large man-made lake that sits behind the Hoover Dam. This covers a very large area, and you can park at a few places to get to the water’s edge. You can also hire a boat and spend the day on the quiet waters. One of the standout features is the white rock above the waterline, this shows you were the water level was when the dam was first opened.
Red Rock Canyon
This is a stunning place, and one of the best places in Nevada for photographs of scenery. There is now a new visitor center, and the road through the canyon is always well maintained. There are many places to stop and take a lovely walk, just watch out for the rattlesnakes. The red rock itself is an brilliant feature.
Valley Of Fire
A good few miles to the east of Las Vegas, alongside Lake Mead, but it is well worth the trip to see the natural formations of the sandstone. The roads make it easily accessible, and on a clear blue day, some of the pictures you can take will look very professional.
About an hour’s drive from The Strip is Mt Charleston, and this is where people go to do some skiing, although not during mid-summer. If you are too hot in Vegas, then take a drive up this mountain to cool off. The temperature differences between the valley, and this mountain can be quite staggering.
Lovell Canyon Road
This is a little hidden gem. Take Highway 160 over the Spring Mountains, and as you drive down the other side, there is a turn off to Lovell Canyon Road. This is a hidden area that most people are not aware of, and it is a beautiful drive. If you don’t mind using gravel tracks, then you can get all of the way through to the other side into Pahrump.