October in Las Vegas may not boast the classic fall foliage of the more northerly states, but it has an autumnal beauty of its own—not to mention a ton of fun activities and events for you to enjoy.
What makes Red Rock Canyon so unique? Simple answer: The Keystone Thrust fault.
Here’s the slightly-more-complicated geological answer. Approximately 65 million years ago, the shifting of tectonic plates forced the oceanic plate underneath the North American Plate, creating the Keystone Thrust fault. Evidence of this type of plate-shifting activity can be seen all the way up the west coast of North America, but thanks to the Keystone Thrust fault, Red Rock Canyon is one of the most exposed examples, and it offers some of the most impressive viewpoints.
While Las Vegas may have a notorious reputation with a nickname to match, “Sin City” isn’t just for adults anymore. Over the years, the city has diversified its entertainment, activities, and culture to include lots of family-friendly options. Leaving your children at home is definitely an option—who doesn’t need a weekend away sometimes?—but it isn’t required.
Located on the outskirts of the driest desert in North America, Las Vegas sees its fair share of hot days, especially in the summer months. As a tourist, you may not be prepared for how hot Las Vegas can get—“[o]n average, 134 days per year reach or exceed 90 °F (32 °C), of which 74 days reach 100 °F (38 °C) and 7 days reach 110 °F (43 °C).”
So, how does one beat the heat and stay cool in the face of such unrelenting temperatures? Here are 7 of our best tips.
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.