12 More National & State Parks Within Driving Distance of Las Vegas

When you arrive in Las Vegas, the sheer amount of things you can do can be overwhelming. There’s a smorgasbord of exciting exhibits, events, and activities to see and do in the city and the surrounding area, but if you’re looking for a more calming experience—perhaps a quiet day spent in nature, hiking the trails, kayaking along the water, or exploring historical sites—there are several options close, by both in- and outside the city.

Las Vegas is within easy driving distance of a number of iconic state and national monuments, making it a great homebase for your southwest explorations. Starting with the closest spots, here are 12 of the most popular historic sites, conservation areas, national and state parks that you can reach from Las Vegas.

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34 Totally Free Things To Do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has a reputation as a place of extravagance and indulgence—with a price tag to match. People come here expecting to spend and—if they’re lucky—win big, but beyond all the top-billed residencies, awe-inspiring shows, and casinos, there are many ways to fill your time that won’t cut into your food budget, merch money, or gambling fund.

If you’re travelling on a budget, you’re in luck—Vegas is never one to disappoint, and there are a number of surprisingly fun, free things to do throughout the city and in the surrounding area. Here are some of the best shows and tours, sights to see, photo ops, and activities to check out:

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When to Upgrade to a Deluxe Grand Canyon Tour

Your flight is booked, your hotel room is reserved, and visions of jackpots are dancing in your head—a trip to Vegas is on the horizon.

Whether you consider yourself a budget genius who specializes in getting the most bang for your buck or a luxury lover looking to extract every moment of indulgence from a trip, Las Vegas has hotels, restaurants, and activities for travelers of every inclination.

But you already know that.

What you may not know is that Las Vegas is ideally situated for a visit to the Grand Canyon—close enough, in fact, that day trips are possible, and popular. There are a number of tour operators (including Canyon Tours!) that will pick you up right from your hotel on the Strip, with tour options to suit any traveler, from budget-friendly bus tours to ultra-luxe airplane tours complete with a champagne toast on the Canyon Rim.

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Best Places to Stay When Visiting the Grand Canyon

Whether you’ve been planning your Grand Canyon vacation for months or are just starting to research your options, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make before you can strap on your hiking shoes, hit the trails, and snap that perfect #CanyonSelfie. What rim should you visit? What time of year is best? And of course, where will you stay?

There are numerous accommodation options to suit every traveler, both within the Grand Canyon National Park and in nearby towns. Most of the hotels located within the boundaries of the National Park are situated on the South Rim, in or near the Grand Canyon Village, but the best place to stay when you visit the Grand Canyon will ultimately depend on your budget and travel needs.

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