When the ringing of slot machines and flashing neon lights have you craving a temporary change of scenery, there are plenty of places you can get to from Las Vegas in just a few hours. Even better: you don’t have to get on a plane to reach a perfect weekend getaway spot.
Here are some of the most popular and stunning road trip destinations that make for a fun weekend away from your Las Vegas home (a few of them are also accessible with just an hour-long flight!).
San Diego, CA
The drive to this blissful seaside city is just about 5 hours. Plop down your bags at a beach rental or hotel room on the bay, and then get into your swimsuit. You can rent a boogie board and play in the tide, or lounge on your towel listening to a soundtrack of waves and the occasional lifeguard truck. While in San Diego you can also visit the museums and gardens of Balboa Park, take a walk through hipster heaven in North Park, and explore the rooftop bars of the Gaslamp District.
If it’s a quiet respite from city life that you seek, a retreat to Sedona is just what the doctor ordered. This Arizona destination is one part luxury and two parts charm. Rent a cabin, stay at a resort, or book a room at a welcoming B&B — you really can’t go wrong. The red butte rocks will lure you away from your bed soon enough, and your weekend will be spent hiking through Oak Creek Canyon or venturing out to the Verde Valley Wine Trail. Be sure to top off a day of exploration with dinner along the creek at L’Auberge Restaurant.
Zion National Park, UT
If you’ve ever seen an Instagram post about epic hiking in Utah, it was probably taken at Zion National Park. The drive to Zion is only about 2.5 hours from Las Vegas, and you’re rewarded with some of the most dramatic canyons and fresh air you could dream to find. Strap on your hiking boots, grab a bottle of water, and tackle The Narrows or Angel’s Landing. If you depart your hike at sunset, the sherbet-colored sunset will cap off your exhilarating day.
Los Angeles, CA
If you leave Las Vegas by 8 am you can be parking in Los Angeles around noon. Once you’re in the City of Angels, you can either go the Hollywood tourist route or make a beeline the sands of Santa Monica or Leo Carrillo State Park. When you’re plotting your itinerary, make time for the people watching at Venice Beach and lush displays of the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Grab dinner downtown and drinks at The Edison or The Roger Room.
Grand Canyon, AZ
Millions of people travel to the Grand Canyon each year, and Las Vegas residents have easy access. The drive to this official Wonder of the World is only about 4 hours. Aside from taking a few obligatory photos along the South Rim, the Grand Canyon offers an array of thrilling activities at every tier of adventure. Go on a short hike, take a helicopter ride above the majestic canyons, or go rafting down the Colorado River. Many visitors love to take the exhilarating walk along the glass-bottom Grand Canyon Skywalk.
Living in Las Vegas is chock-full of advantages, not the least of which is its proximity to other incredible destinations. A fun-filled, refreshing weekend trip is not only a great way to make new memories, but also allows you to return with a reinvigorated appreciation for your own city. There’s nothing like coming home at the end of a trip and sinking into your own bed or relaxing by the pool. Make the most of your home base by using special weekends to explore the surrounding area — your luxurious Las Vegas home will be waiting for you when you get back.
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