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Escaping the Strip

- January 29th, 2009

My jam-packed Las Vegas media trip is drawing to a close, but there are still a few shows and gourmet dinners to get to.

The week has been non-stop activities and meals out of necessity. There’s so much to watch, photograph and eat on the Strip, and my group and I haven’t even been to the old part of Las Vegas, which locals tell me has tried to revitalize itself as well, with vintage shops, locals-only nights at clubs and art galleries.

But, say I was staying here longer than four days. Say I did get tired of the electric energy and flashing lights of the Strip. What would I do then?

The answer is simple: day trip. And though Vegas is situated in the middle of the Mojave Desert, there are a few high-profile side ventures to experience.

Top 5 Las Vegas day trips:

5. Eldorado Canyon: This secluded area, located at the mouth of the Colorado River, was once the site of a mining boom and may have been previously inhabited by the Anasazi Native Americans. Today, visitors can step back in time with an Eldorado Canyon mine tour.


Hardened sand dunes at Red Rock.

4. Red Rock Canyon: Explore desert, rock formations and a 910 m escarpment just minutes from the Strip at this conservation area. For an extra dash of fun, try the Pink Jeep tour which takes you by the Wilson Cliffs and fossilized sand dunes.

3. Lake Mead National Recreation Area: This huge National Recreation area was built around Lake Mead, a result of the construction of the Hoover Dam, and Lake Mojave. This has become a popular playground away from the strip and is renowned for its desert views, cliffs and hiking.


The desert surrounding Las Vegas.

2. Hoover Dam: Some 3,000 people visit the dam daily and it’s considered an architectural wonder. A guided tour is a perfect accompaniment to your Lake Mead excursion – just bring your walking shoes!

1. Grand Canyon helicopter tour: Arizona’s natural wonder is about an hour by air from Las Vegas. Sightseeing tours can be booked year round through your hotel concierge and those who are more comfortable on the ground can opt to take a coach bus past the Hoover Dam to the Canyon.

- Nicole Feenstra

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