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7 great reasons to hire a car in Las Vegas

We love the tireless atmosphere that gives Las Vegas the title of the Bright Light City, but sometimes, we like to step out of the limelight and into something different. Luckily, Las Vegas is surrounded by an incredible desert landscape with parks and landmarks that are easy to reach by car, creating plenty of road trip potential for your Las Vegas holiday.


If you find yourself in the Vegas area and want to branch out from the strip, why not hire a car and visit some of these seven incredible places nearby?


Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

You can see the craggy, red adobe peaks of Red Rock Canyon from the Las Vegas strip, but once you're out in this barren desert landscape, the sights and sounds of the strip couldn't feel further away.

A 21-kilometre loop crosses a number of the most sought-out features in Red Rock Canyon and makes exploring this area by bike or car easy. A number of scenic points along the route allow you to park and get out to spot native plants and animals or hike up sandy slopes.

The Grand Canyon

Since you've probably heard of the Grand Canyon, we won't spend too much time explaining how jaw-droppingly gorgeous its towering, millions-of-years-old rock walls and valleys are. About a two and a half hour drive from Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon is easily reachable on your own, but you'll find a number of group trips and helicopter tours you can join, too.

Hoover Dam


The Hoover Dam is an incredible modern construction achievement made in the 1930s in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Just a 45-minute drive from Las Vegas, it stands more than 200 metres tall and 360 metres wide, impounding water from nearby Lake Mead.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park – about a two and a half hour drive over the border into Utah – highlights another desert landscape lined with red rock walls, sandstone and sparse vegetation. While it appears dusty and arid, its unique placement on the map and its climate allow for an astounding number of bats, bird species, mammals, and reptiles.

Lake Mead

Lake Mead is a huge reservoir and the closest body of water to Las Vegas – only a 50-minute drive away. It's the locals' favourite spot to cool off, especially during the summer when Nevada temperatures hit their peak. In addition to visiting for a swim, watersports, including boating and jet skiing, are incredibly popular here.

Death Valley

Death Valley in California is a lot more fun than it sounds. The record-breaking valley's Badwater Basin is the lowest point in all of North America, while the area known as Furnace Creek is the site of the highest recorded temperature in the world. Add to this a landscape cut with mountains, sand dunes, gold mines and ghost towns, it's a can't-miss destination just two and a half hours from Las Vegas.

Valley of Fire

Again, don't be put off by the ominous-sounding name. The Valley of Fire is just under an hour's drive from Las Vegas and is home to sandstone rocks that are so red, they look like they're on fire – hence, the name. The rocks have been around since the age of the dinosaurs, and some are even scratched with ancient petroglyphs.

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