Las Vegas, sometimes better known as Sin City due to its history, focus on rather adult-oriented activities, and the general atmosphere is a fun and exciting destination. Whether one desires to take part in the spectacle of it all by trying their luck at a casino or attending the world's most extravagant burlesque shows, or just wants to people watch and see what all the talk is about, it can be an overwhelming place. Fortunately, Las Vegas lies at a geographically convenient point to easily reach a variety of amazing destinations where travelers can find some peace and quiet while simultaneously seeing one of the Wonders of the World or enjoying some incredible stargazing. Here is a list of fantastic day trips from Las Vegas that are more than worth taking a drive for.

10 Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam can be found within a 30 to 45-minute drive from Las Vegas. The dam endures to this day as an engineering marvel which was the tallest dam in the world during the time of its construction in 1935. It spans the Colorado River between Nevada and Arizona and is a colossal 726 feet tall.

To learn about the power the dam produces and what it does for the surrounding desert, 30-minute or 1-hour guided tours which bring guests inside the dam are available. Visitors can also take a stroll through the outside area at the top of the dam free of charge and just enjoy the views if a tour is not desired. There are a few pleasant hotels nearby for those feeling road-weary.

9 Zion National Park

Outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world flock to the awe-inspiring Zion National Park in Utah. Fortunately, it only requires a drive of approximately two and a half hours for those visiting Las Vegas to work it into their itinerary, and there are hotel options in the area. The park is home to otherworldly geological formations and a variety of wildlife which can be enjoyed from a drivable path with scenic stops at the Canyon Overlook Trail; for those looking to dive into nature, more trails than one can imagine are available at a range of length and difficulty.

8 Los Angeles

Travelers in Las Vegas who have yet to experience Los Angeles and the world spectacle that is Hollywood should keep in mind that it is very possible to work an enjoyable LA/Hollywood detour into their vacation. Los Angeles can be reached from Las Vegas in approximately 4 hours, and of course, this land of the rich and famous holds plenty of options for magnificent hotels for an overnight stay before returning to Sin City.

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7 Grand Canyon

Travelers marking their number of states visited can mark another item off of their list while also seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Grand Canyon is just over a 2-hour drive away from Las Vegas. The 278-mile canyon can be admired from multiple vantage points within the park, but some of the best views are actually outside of it. A day of exploring some of nature's wonders can leave travelers ready to hit the sack, and fortunately, there are fabulous hotels nearby.

6 Lake Mead

A much quicker yet still interesting journey is a 40-minute drive out to Lake Mead. One's mind certainly does not think of lakes when traversing the outskirts of Las Vegas, but Lake Mead does an amazing job at bringing a little more life to the desert (although it is man-made). Nearly every water-based activity is available at Lake Mead, including kayaking, fishing, and scuba diving, and those who are not fans of watersports can enjoy hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Not a fan of camping? Fortunately, a few hotels are not too far away.

5 Dixie National Forest

Another great option for a day trip from Las Vegas is found in Utah at Dixie National Forest, nestled between the Colorado River and the Great Basin. This refreshing dash of color after traversing the desert throughout a 3-hour drive from Las Vegas is a fantastic place for wildlife enthusiasts. Keep an eye out for the diverse range of species that inhabit the treasured ecosystem of the Dixie National Forest, like the Utah prairie dog, cougars, and bobcats. Great hotels are also found nearby.

4 Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is an extraordinary option worth a visit from Las Vegas, as its certification as an International Dark Sky Park makes for the perfect contrast to the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. This park which was used for scenes of Star Wars, shows off some of the best landscapes in the US and is home to majestic wildlife like foxes and bighorn sheep. Summer temperatures at night still exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, so checking into a nearby hotel can be preferable to camping.

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3 Goodsprings Ghost Town

A quick 45-minute drive from the city can transport travelers back in time to the Wild West in the ghost town of Goodsprings. This once bustling mining community eventually became deserted but left behind a walkable time capsule for visitors to enjoy, including the Pioneer Saloon it is most known for. Accommodation is not available in a ghost town, so we recommend hoofing it back to Vegas with a comfortable jump back into civilization at one of its luxurious hotels.

2 Valley Of Fire

The Valley of Fire is a state park that can be reached in a simple 1-hour drive from Las Vegas, and the area is home to exceptional hotels for those not in the mood for an immediate return trip. Shifting dunes from many millions of years ago gave birth to this geological spectacle which earned its name from its Aztec sandstone that seems to light aflame under direct sunlight. 2,5000-year-old petroglyphs and dinosaur bones are found throughout the landscape, which makes for one of the best day trips from Vegas in terms of travel time and awe factor.

1 Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah proves to be home to many of the most amazing destinations easily reachable from Las Vegas, with yet another found a 4-hour drive away at Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon offers some of the most baffling red rock formations in the region, with all the hiking and camping one could ever hope to find in one place. Guided hikes are available, and annual festivals like an astronomy festival and geology festival make this one of the best national parks in the country. Equally wonderful hotels are available in the area to rest up in.