With over 40 million visitors per year, it is no secret that Las Vegas has much to offer. However, many tourists and locals alike might not be aware of the hub Las Vegas is for outstanding road trips.

Outside of the famed Las Vegas Strip and the Fremont Street Experience, many are not aware there is another side to our city: A side that inspires adventure. Within a short drive of the Las Vegas Strip, there are numerous remarkable places to visit.

Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire and Mount Charleston are some of the more widely known locales. However, are you aware the Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the largest in the lower 48 states and only 30 miles from the Fremont Street Experience? Or the Techatticup Mine in Nelson, Nevada is only 45 miles from the new Raiders Stadium? This mine was the largest gold mine in the Colorado Mining District and offers daily tours.

Surprisingly, many locals are not even aware of the magic that lives outside of our beloved valley. Well within a short three- or four-hour drive, this region is bursting at the seams with cool places to go … yes, the pun was intended … Here is some inspiration for you to grab a hold of your adventurous spirit and take a road trip.

Crank up the stereo and head north for the hills
Going north out of Las Vegas, we reach southern Utah. Within a short two-hour drive you will be in the beautiful mountains teeming with tall, green pines, and the requisite mountain lakes and streams.

Just a few of the locations to explore are Cedar City and the surrounding mountains. There’s Duck Creek Village, Aspen Mirror Lake, Navajo Lake, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. A little closer and also beautiful is Pine Valley, Utah.

Heading east
Just a 3 ½ hour drive east, you will find Williams, Arizona. It is right on the famous Route 66 and the gateway to the Grand Canyon.

Surrounding Williams is also Sedona and Sycamore Canyon. Right outside of Flagstaff is Grand Falls, a waterfall that is taller than Niagara Falls at 187 feet. Also in Flagstaff, you can visit the Lowell Observatory.

The drive times to Duck Creek Village, Utah and Williams, Arizona are the same and both locations offer the cooler mountain air and affordable lodging.

To the south
South of Las Vegas we have Lake Havasu, a mecca for water sports and home of the London Bridge.

Out west
West of Las Vegas, we have the beaches of southern California, which is about three to four hours of a drive. Malibu, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Crystal Cove are just a few of the must-see locations.

Whether it is the mountains or the beaches that tickle your fancy, one thing is certain: Living in Las Vegas offers far more than meets
the eye.