Great Drives From Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a very alluring town. Bright lights, gambling, shows, mega sporting events…it has it all when it comes to entertainment. Combined with the temperate weather (well, most of the time, anyway) and you have a great vacation spot. What most people overlook is what surrounds Vegas. Rent a car, and within one hundred miles in any direction, you’ll will find what is called “Great Drives From Las Vegas”.
Let’s get the obligatory one out of the way first: Hoover Dam. You have to do it. The dam is an engineering marvel worth the drive and yes, it will be crowded, but have a little patience and you will be rewarded if you’ve never been.
Next, try the Mt. Charleston Lodge which is 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas on U.S. Highway 95. If you travel six miles past the Santa Fe Hotel and Casino to Route 157, signs will lead you to the spectacular Mt. Charleston Mountains. The Mt. Charleston Mountains offer moderate to difficult hiking trails, so pack a lunch or stop by the lodge and sample the restaurant fare offered. If you’re traveling in winter, make sure and check snow conditions.
If you are visiting in the winter, some of the best skiing and snowboarding happens at Lee Canyon, which you will pass on the way back from Mt. Charleston. Lee Canyon offers beginning to expert skiing adventures, but if you do happen to be travelling during the summer, the Canyon offers hiking as well as chairlift rides.
If you have the kids along, don’t miss the Bonnie Springs Ranch at Blue Diamond Bend, which is a 20 minute drive from The Strip. This small town has a train, cowboys, gun fights and a zoo complete with animals from the surrounding area. The ranch is located on State Highway 159.
Now head out Interstate 15 to exit 75 and you’ll find Valley of Fire State Park. Ancient trees and man are represented in the park by areas of petrified wood. The park offers a full visitor’s center along with interpretative programs. Many visitors rate Valley of Fire as a “must see” when in the area. Remember, though, if you’re visiting during the summer, temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees.
If you’re entertainment interests don’t always include gambling and great shows, hop in your car and try one of the “Great Drives From Las Vegas”.

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