Traveling is a wonderful experience, but it can also add up. An American Express survey found that the average vacation in the U.S. costs $1,145 per person. It’s expensive to adventure through the states and when you live in a traveler’s paradise like Las Vegas, why would you ever need to?

Forget about venturing cross country and explore your own backyard this summer. Here at Sky, we know you might need a break from the hustle and the bustle of home life. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 3 day trips you can easily enjoy.

Bonnie Springs Ranch

The shortest distance of all our highlighted day trips at just a thirty-minute drive away, Bonnie Springs Ranch is a Wild West-style attraction. A step out of time, this rustic ranch offers realistic American frontier-style gunfights that occur right in the center of town for all to see. History buffs and action-lovers are sure to find exploring this one-of-a-kind town an exciting break from the norm.

If you’re an animal-enthusiast, Bonnie Springs Ranch also offers you the chance to ride on horseback through the picturesque town. Not only that, but an on-site zoo showcases fierce wolves and even some exotic Canadian lynxes. Bonnie Spring Ranch proves that you can enjoy quality time learning and surrounded by nature, while barely straying from your doorstep.

The Grand Canyon

A two-hour drive from Las Vegas, and just a hop, skip and a jump to Arizona, The Grand Canyon National Park more than lives up to its name. This massive 277-mile long canyon has graced the world with its grandeur for over six million years.

The Grand Canyon offers a wide assortment of activities to keep even the most seasoned traveler entertained. Boldly raft the tumultuous rapids of the mud-colored Colorado River, or hike one of the countless scenic trails. Whether you choose to get a bird’s eye view by taking a scenic helicopter tour, or brave the glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk, you’ll certainly leave more exhilarated than when you arrived. After all, they don’t call it one of the greatest natural wonders of the world for nothing.

Even if all you want to do is take in the beautiful vastness, The Grand Canyon provides safe viewing areas. All you have to do is decide if you want to visit the North or South Rim. For extra convenience, there are several bus companies in the Las Vegas area that make daily return trips to the Grand Canyon. This getaway couldn’t be any easier.

Zion National Park

Just a 2.5-hour drive from the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Zion National Park packs a powerful punch, making it well worth the longer drive.

This 15-mile long national treasure, founded by Mormon pioneers in the early 1900s, offers a veritable feast for the eyes with white, red and pink rock formations as well as towering cliffs that will truly inspire all travelers. With its expansively lush forest backdrop, adventurous hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate, and some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, Zion National Park will not disappoint. And, even as the furthest location on our list, visitors can still be back home on the Strip by bed time.

Exploring the Strip’s Backyard

The Las Vegas area is more than glittering lights and urban entertainment. These 3 day trips are sure to spark the adventurous spirit in even the most timid travelers and make you appreciate the natural beauty near the Sky Condos on the Strip.

Where will your summer journeys take you this year?