Article by Ashley GIlmour
The majority of tourists on their Las Vegas holidays never stray far from the Strip, but for those that are prepared to venture further afield, there are a wealth of activities for the more adventurous traveller and some beautiful and inspiring landscapes that are well worth taking the time to visit.
The most famous location that you can visit from Las Vegas is The Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the world and an absolute must-see attraction. The easiest way to see this extraordinary landscape is on a helicopter or aeroplane tour using one of the numerous flight-tour companies operating out of Las Vegas. The concierge at your hotel will be able to arrange this for you although in the peak summer months it may be advisable to book this tour in advance with your travel agent due to the popularity of these trips. Most flights, in addition to offering you a breathtaking view of the Grand Canyon, also include the Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Lake Mead and the Las Vegas Strip on their journeys to and from the Canyon. You can also hire a car and drive to these destinations. The Grand Canyon lies directly about 180 miles from Las Vegas but the drive is nearer 280 miles and takes about 6 hours. The helicopter and aeroplane tours go to the west rim of the canyon. The most popular site for tourists is the south rim where the visitors centre and lodging can be found. The north rim also offers exceptional views but is often much quieter. The south rim is open all year round as is the west rim but the northern rim is closed in winter. Hoover Dam is approximately 35 miles from Las Vegas on the way to the Grand Canyon. If you wish to stay over at the Grand Canyon in one of the popular lodgings then be sure to book as far in advance as possible as places fill up quickly during peak summer periods.
If you are looking for the ultimate adrenalin-rush during your holiday to Las Vegas then perhaps you should consider a Las Vegas sky dive. There can't be many more spectacular locations than the beautiful Nevada desert backed by the magnificent Las Vegas skyline when viewed from a breathtaking 10,000 feet up! All the Las Vegas sky diving companies operate just outside the city, approximately a 20 or 30 minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Most of the companies operate a hotel pick-up which is included in the price. The mountains, desert and glittering cityscape combine to make Las Vegas one of the most exhilarating locations in the world to experience the incredible adrenalin-rush you get from sky diving!How about going skiing whilst on your Las Vegas holidays? You may not believe it, but only 45 minutes north-west by car from Las Vegas you will find yourself at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort on Mount Charleston in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The resort is typically open from the end of November to the beginning of April depending on snow levels and you can rent all clothing and equipment when you get there meaning you can save a bit of space in your suitcase!
Red Rocks National Park, located approximately 15 miles west of the city of Las Vegas, is a magnificent and awe-inspiring desert-scape offering a scenic drive with picnic areas plus hiking, biking, horse-riding and climbing trails. There is a wonderful visitor's centre at the entrance to the park which offers trail maps and information on the fauna and flora to be found in the park and a history of the area. If you want to escape the glitz, glamour and the craziness of the Las Vegas Strip for a little peace, solitude and fresh air then pay a visit to the beautiful Red Rocks National Park, open year round.
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