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Top Outdoor Adventures in Las Vegas

Las Vegas High Roller

Few tourists associate natural beauty and parks with the Las Vegas Valley, but that is exactly what you will find if you venture outside the busy casinos and beyond the Strip. While Utah’s “Mighty 5” national parks of Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion are located to the east of Nevada and the Arizona’s Grand Canyon is south of Vegas, there are many must-see wonders to visit within the state, both natural and man-made. Adventurists who enjoy the great outdoors will be pleasantly surprised, and all you need to do is drive a short distance to experience them.

Following are the three most recommended non-casino attractions to visit on your trip…

Valley of Fire/Red Rock Canyon

There is nothing like either of these breath-taking natural rock formations in Nevada, and both are just a short drive from the Strip. Valley of Fire is a state park just east of Vegas and will have you wondering if you are even on this planet. It is also a popular filming locale that has been featured in movies like Total Recall and Star Trek Generations because of its scenic backdrop. Red Rock Canyon is a lot closer in proximity to the casinos, and the national conservation area is perfect for hikes and other outdoor activities. You can’t lose visiting Valley of Fire or Red Rock.

Hoover Dam

This man-made wonder of the world is one of the most impressive structures in the United States, especially considering it was built at a cost of $49 million during the Great Depression. Named after President Herbert Hoover under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s time in office, the dam provides energy for Nevada, Arizona and California by harnessing the power of the Colorado River. Touring Hoover Dam is essential for your next trip to Vegas if you can get transportation to nearby Boulder City.

High Roller

One of the newest attractions on the Strip, the High Roller deserves to be mentioned here as the world’s tallest ferris wheel. Constructed as the centerpiece of The LINQ entertainment, retail and dining complex at a cost of $550 million, the High Roller is 550 feet tall, and each of the 28 cabins holds up to 40 passengers. For those who do not want to travel too far from their hotel room, the High Roller is your best bet.

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