Things to See Outside of Las Vegas, NV

Things to See Outside of Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas is well known for the large, themed casinos and bright lights of the Strip, but there are also many natural attractions within a short drive of the city. Take a break from the tourist areas and enjoy some of the beauty the desert has to offer. The terrain surrounding Las Vegas is full of colorful rock formations, desert wildlife and remnants of past cultures.

Valley of Fire

The Valley of Fire is located about 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The Valley is named for the vibrant red sandstone rock formations found in this area. Camping, hiking trails and picnic areas are available for visitors to this Nevada state park. As of August 2009, entrance fees are $6.00 per vehicle with an additional charge of $8.00 for those who want to camp overnight. The Valley of Fire visitor center provides information about sites of interest and the location of various hiking trails inside the park.

Valley of Fire State Park
P.O.Box 515
Overton, NV 89040
(702) 397-2088


Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

The Grand Canyon is a popular and often crowded tourist destination. Bypass the crowds and experience the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon with a helicopter ride and picnic lunch on the canyon floor. As of August 2009, prices started at $250.00 for adults and $230.00 for children. The packages include complimentary shuttle service from your hotel, a picnic lunch including champagne and a scenic helicopter tour of Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.

Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours
3900 Paradise Road, Suite 185
Las Vegas NV 89169
(702) 736-7243

Lost City Museum

The Lost City Museum contains artifacts from the Anasazi, a nomadic people who inhabited the Moapa Valley until approximately A.D. 1150. The Anasazi people left behind large structures such as the Mesa House, which was an 85-room dwelling, and many artifacts such as cookware, pottery and stone tools. The original Mesa House was destroyed, but view a smaller reconstruction at the Lost City Museum one hour northeast of Las Vegas. As of August 2009, admission to the Lost City Museum was $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and children younger 18 received free admission.

Lost City Museum
721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd
Overton, Nevada 89040
(702) 397-8987


Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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