We all know what Vegas is popular for, right? Gambling, clubbing and live entertainment. Not everyone who travels here is going to be a fan of these festivities, though. Many people end up here for work, to see family, etc. For those who fall in this category, there are still ways to seek and find adventure. You may have to venture off of the strip a short ways, but an Uber or taxi are always readily available.
Need to escape the desert heat? This is the place to go! It’s only about an hour drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Its kind of a weird feeling getting into your car while it’s 100 plus degrees out, and then an hour later you open your car door to a cool 70 degree breeze. But no complaints! During the winter months it’s a great spot for skiing and snowboarding. Just put on your hiking shoes and pack a lunch for a day trip, or even book a beautiful modern cabin for a weekend. You can find a map of the area online, and decide which trails you want to take. Some even lead you to amazing locations with waterfalls, etc. Learn from my mistakes, though, and make sure your phone is charged before you head out on the trails. There are a ton of breathtaking views to see, and you’re going to want to take pictures.
Seven Magic Mountains
Or as the Californians like to call it, the “we’re almost to Vegas” mark. Just 10 miles south from Las Vegas, NV you’ll find something strange, yet beautiful sitting in the middle of the desert. Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone installed seven colorful towers ranging more than 30 ft high. The exhibit is open to the public, but the best time to view the artwork is at sunrise. Besides, you don’t want a handful of tourists with selfie sticks in the background of all your pictures, do you? The whole concept seems pretty simple, but once you see them in person you’ll realize how awesome it is!
The cool part about the desert is the random appearances of greenery spread throughout the area. At Red Rock, there is a location filled with hiking trails and picnic areas called Calico Basin. Many people visit this location for family or wedding portraits, thanks to it’s scenic backgrounds. However if you have a free day, it’s also great for picnics and hiking. Just another short drive from the city (maybe 25 minutes), and you’re there!