Las Vegas Day Trips

Great Getaways For The Light or Non-Gamer – Ava Fails

Las Vegas is surrounded by several neighboring towns that hold a quaint and interesting charm. Many of these serve as slower-paced getaways for Las Vegas locals that offer historical sites, additional gaming opportunities, and great restaurants. In addition, visitors will find more traditional things to do such as horseback riding, hiking, golfing, shopping, sightseeing, and more.

Located 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas and weighing in with a population of 1800 is the little city of Beatty best known as the “Gateway to Death Valley”. It is nestled in a cozy valley where one will find fresh air, friendly people, and breath-taking scenery. Visitors will find accommodations at one of many charming motels and inns or by visiting one of its three casinos.

A mere 30 minutes from the Strip, travelers can encounter the friendly town of Boulder City. This town was created by the federal government in the 1930s to house the builders of the Hoover Dam and their families. It was a welcome home place for many during the depression when work and money were scarce. Visitors to Boulder City will find a must-see historic district, many one-of-a-kind shops, and Native American jewelers.

Seven miles southeast of the Strip lies the city of Henderson. It is almost impossible to tell where Las Vegas ends and Henderson begins due to growth in recent years. Henderson is the fastest-growing city in America. It attracts residents with its desert mountain vistas, beautiful parks, cultural events, and its closeness to Las Vegas.

The town of Laughlin was created single-handedly from scratch in 1967 by an entrepreneur named Don Laughlin. Laughlin is located 100 miles south of Las Vegas on the west bank of the Colorado River directly across from Bullhead City, Arizona. Ten riverfront resorts offer non-gaming activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, and exploring nearby ghost towns and gold mines (just a short drive away).

Mesquite is a small resort town 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas conveniently located just off of I-15. Mesquite is known for its health spas, restaurants, showrooms, tennis courts, and three championship-quality golf courses.

A 40-minute drive to the California/Nevada border will land you in the tiny town of Primm. Visitors will find three resort locations that feature gaming, roller coasters, upscale outlets, and more. Primm is a busy destination of the weekends as many Californians cross over to gamble. Primm also boasts a one-in-a-lifetime viewing of the Bonnie and Clyde car. It is the very automobile that Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were traveling in when they were ambushed by law enforcement in 1934.

Four miles west of Beatty, is Rhyolite, one of Nevada’s most accessible ghost towns. The areas here to be explored include: Porter General Store, Newton’s Grille, a school, several banks, a house built of liquor bottles, and a rail station.

So if one desires to get away from the bright lights and crowded casinos for a short while to do a bit of sight seeing, there are plenty of places to go just outside of Las Vegas where people are friendly and welcoming, and it won’t do to much damage to your wallet.

2 Responses to “Las Vegas Day Trips”

  1. Strip club fanatic Says:

    The Hoover Dam is a must see as is getting up to The Grand Canyon.
    Either drive or even tour buses are fine for either. Be sure to take
    in the Freemont St experience one night after dark as well as the
    outside show at the Mirage and Treasure island.

  2. GT Says:

    go to any of the massage palors on spring mountain and decatur for extra caricular activites, short distance off strip.