15 of the Best Day Trips from Las Vegas

August 6, 2020

Are you looking for the best day trips from Las Vegas? If so, this list of fun day trips is the perfect place to start!

If you’re looking for day trips from Las Vegas, this list is the place to start! Visiting Las Vegas is always so much fun, and not just because of all the amazing things to do in Las Vegas itself – there are also lots of fun day trips you can take from Las Vegas, to explore outside the city!

A vacation in Las Vegas is great fun, because there are loads of fun, interesting and affordable day trips you can take from the city centre too!

So, if you’re looking for day trips from Las Vegas, this is where you should start looking! I visit Las Vegas a couple of times a year (and I’d visit more if it wasn’t an 11 hour flight away!)… So I’ve tried out lots of these day trips myself, and know which ones are great and worth doing!

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My recommendation for day trips from Las Vegas…

Let’s get started! From the Grand Canyon to Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead… there’s something for everyone!


Grand Canyon West – Drive, Fly & Float Tour


OK, I’m starting this list of day trips from Las Vegas, with my absolute top choice, I did this tour myself a few years ago – and it is absolutely FANTASTIC. In my opinion it’s the best way to see the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, and the Pink Jeep Tours (who host this tour) are my favourite and go-to tour company in the Vegas area.

During this tour, you drive to and from the Grand Canyon is a big pink jeep (which is legit so comfortable!) and then when you arrive at the Grand Canyon, you get to experience a Helicopter ride to the Canyon floor (with amazing views) and then a boat ride along the Canyon river.

It’s the perfect way to experience everything the Canyon has to offer in one day, and it’s just a perfect day trip from Las Vegas. It’s such an amazing choice for day trips from Las Vegas.

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Red Rock Canyon with 4×4 Jeep Adventure


Red Rock Canyon is a fantastic choice for day trips from Las Vegas! It has so much awe and beauty, but it’s only located a quick 30-45 minutes drive from the city centre.

On this tour of Red Rock Canyon, you’ll visit the amazing landscape in an 4×4 Jeep Wrangler (which makes the experience so much more special and memorable!). You’ll experience a really thrilling off-road adventure as your journey up the Rocky Gap Road, and then once in the canyon you’ll get to enjoy views of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation, with lots of stops along the way for exploring and photos.

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Lake Mead ATV Tour to the Colorado River


If you fancy doing day trips from Vegas with a little difference, then this day trip out to Lake Mead is so much fun! On this day trip, you’ll head out to Lake Mead, you’ll go on the ATV adventure of a lifetime!

ATVs (similar to quad bikes) are little vehicles you can zoom around on, and with the picturesque trails of Lake Mead National Park, and amazing views of the Colorado River to enjoy along the way – it’s a seriously fun day out from the city! Another thing I love about this day trips from Las Vegas, is that it includes a stop off at the Hoover Dam Bridge too (perfect for taking photos!).

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Antelope Canyon Small Group Day Trip


Antelope Canyon is one of the most beautiful natural wonders within reach of Las Vegas, so it makes a great choice for day trips from Las Vegas. It has been a well-known filming location for many movies and TV shows too! On this day trip from Las Vegas, you’ll get to discover the highlights of this area, such as Canyon X, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon Dam, and Lake Powell.

You’ll learn about lots of local history during this day trip, as well as exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes around!

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Grand Canyon Western Ranch Experience


Next on my list of day trips from Las Vegas, it’s a Grand Canyon ranch experience! If you fancy stepping back in time for the day and experiencing a traditional Grand Canyon ranch, then this is an amazing day trip from Las Vegas!

This truly is a wild west adventure, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a wild west movie (or something like West World!). On the way out, you’ll get to stop off at the Hoover Dam. for a quick photo opportunity, and then it’s onto the ranch! At the ranch you’ll have plenty of cowboy themed opportunities, a delicious lunch, and your choice between a 45-minute horseback ride or a ride in a covered wagon. 

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Grand Canyon West Rim: Skywalk, Helicopter, and Boat Add-Ons


Another Grand Canyon option, because I couldn’t write a list of the best day trips from Las Vegas without mentioning a few Grand Canyon options. Let’s face it, the Grand Canyon is one of the most popular day trips from Las Vegas, and it’s a place you certainly won’t want to miss.

This day trip from Las Vegas is similar to the tour I mentioned above, but via a different tour company, and the whilst the add-ons of helicopter tours and boat rides are available, they’re not inclusive in this ticket price.

So basically, you can add-on the extra if you want – but if you’d rather just stick to seeing the Grand Canyon (without the add-ons) that’s also possible. It’s a really great option for day trips from Las Vegas as it offers flexibility.

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Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour


Next on my list of day trips from Las Vegas, it’s the Black Canyon half-day kayak tour. This is such a great day trip from Las Vegas for people who like to get out into nature and stay active!

This day trip includes a 4-mile kayak adventure along the Black Canyon, where you’ll be able to spot wildlife out in the open, and even visit Emerald Cave. You’ll have a tour guide with you the whole time, who will make sure you see all the best bits, and who can also teach you a bit about the history of the area too!

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Maverick Ranch Breakfast and Horseback Ride


This next idea on my list of day trips from Las Vegas is a really fun option that’s also really unique and romantic! This day trip from Las Vegas will take you out to a Maverik Ranch, where you’ll take a horseback ride across the local landscape treading the paths once rode by real cowboys. It’s really interesting, and the views on offer are beautiful too!

After the horseback ride, you’ll be greeted back at the ranch for a big hearty breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausages and much more! Definitely a great choice for day trips from Las Vegas!

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The Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour


Whilst lots of the day trips from Las Vegas on this list do have a mini stop-off at the Hoover Dam, you won’t get much time to properly explore when just stopping off for photos.

If you want to properly explore the Hoover Dam, then this is the tour for you. On this day trip, you’ll get a proper chance to see the Hoover Dam and explore the fascinating structure in detail. You’ll get to spend time in the exhibit galleries at the Hoover Dam, as well as step onto the observation tower to see the Dam in its glory.

There are plenty of opportunities for photos, learning new things and seeing the Hoover Dam from lots of different angles and perspectives too.

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Bryce and Zion National Park Guided Tour


This incredible full day tour is a chance to see both Bryce and Zion National Parks – which are two of the most stunning national parks in the USA. It makes a wonderful choice for day trips from Las Vegas. These parks are just wonderful, and with them being within such easy access of Las Vegas, you just have to fit in a trip.

On this particular day trip, you’ll experience both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, with a tour guide who can fill you in on the local history as well as take you to the best places in the areas for amazing views and perfect photos. This tour is also an amazing opportunity to see both parks in one day, an opportunity not to pass up.

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Area 51 Full Day Trip from Las Vegas


OK, next on my list of day trips from Las Vegas it’s an Area 51 tour! Area 51 is a mysterious, iconic, famous area of the USA, known for it’s links to aliens, UFOs and the ‘unknown’. If you want to get out of the city for a day and learn a bit more about Area 51 and the mysterious circumstances surrounding it… Then this is the tour for you.

On this day trip from Las Vegas, you’ll drive along the Extraterrestrial Highway (a really famous spot in the dessert near Las Vegas), you’ll visit the infamous Black Mailbox (a meeting place for UFO enthusiasts) and you’ll get to stand at the edge of the “top secret” Area 51 military base. There’s so much fun stuff jam packed into this day trip!

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Death Valley day tour


You’ve probably heard of Death Valley, it’s a stunning location just outside of Las Vegas that has been used in many movies and TV shows (because it’s such a wonderfully beautiful spot!).

If you want to see the Death Valley, then this is the tour for you. The land in Death Valley is rugged and untamed, and it’s a real contrast from the lights and hotels of Las Vegas city! This place in the USA is one of the driest, hottest climates imaginable, and a must-see place to explore during your time in Las Vegas! A must-see for day trips from Las Vegas.

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Hollywood (Los Angeles) day trip from Las Vegas


If you’ve arrived in Las Vegas and got the urge to visit another one of the USA’s big cities, then this day trip to Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign, is going to be an amazing choice for you. This tour is by luxury SUV or VIP minibus, and includes lunch too!

Los Angeles is one of the USA’s most exciting and bustling cities, and if you fancy a taster of LA, then this day trip from Las Vegas is a great way to do it. During this day trip from Las Vegas, you’ll visit some of Los Angeles’ most iconic attractions such as Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier, the Sunset Strip, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and so many more! It’s the perfect glimpse of LA!

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Private Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two


Next on my list of day trips from Las Vegas, it’s a hot air balloon ride. If you love exploring at a more laid back pace, then this private hot air balloon ride is a pretty incredible way to see the local landscapes and the amazing scenery surrounding Las Vegas. You can choose between a sunrise flight, or a sunset flight – whichever suits you and your other half the most… Either way it’s so romantic!

With amazing views of the Vegas Valley to be enjoyed once you’re in the air, you’ll also be able to see various other local landmarks too. If you’ve never taken a hot air balloon ride, then this is a beautiful activity – and something you’ll remember forever.

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Hopefully this list of day trips from Las Vegas has been helpful!

There are so many fantastic day trips from Las Vegas to experience during your time in the city! Hopefully this list of day trips from Las Vegas will give you loads of tips and ideas for your trip to the city!

If you have any questions about Las Vegas, or about day trips from Las Vegas let me know in the comments, and I will try my best to answer them!

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