North Las Vegas is nestled in the southeastern corner of Nevada. This advantageous location lends convenient access to destinations in Utah, California, Arizona, and the greater Nevada area. These places boast awe-inspiring mountains, verdant oases, soft sand beaches, and pristine forests. Book a stay at one of numerous Nevada vacation rentals, and look forward to exciting recreational activities, sightseeing, relaxation, and fine dining. Take a look at the top spots within driving distance of North Las Vegas.
1. St. George, Utah
The city of St. George lies in the southwestern corner of Utah amid spectacular scenery less than two hours from North Las Vegas. Happy Trails Adventure Company offers guided excursions to nearby Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. Rent mountain bikes from Bicycles Unlimited, and explore more than 40 spectacular cycling trails around the city. For a panoramic bird’s-eye view of the awesome Utah landscapes, take a hot air balloon tour with Skywalker Balloon Company. Paragon Adventures features guided hikes with rock climbing, rappelling, and a ride on one of Utah’s longest zip lines. St. George also has several family-friendly museum experiences. For instance, the Dinosaur Museum has life-size replicas of dinosaurs as well as thousands of fossilized footprints. The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum presents dioramas of animals from around the world. The St. George Children’s Museum offers lots of fun hands-on activities for younger kids.
2. Tonopah, Nevada
Located near several mountainous wilderness areas just over three hours northwest of North Las Vegas, the historic mining town of Tonopah offers amazing stargazing opportunities. USA Today rated the town the number one stargazing location in the United States. While city dwellers typically observe fewer than 100 stars, the dark night skies over Tonopah reveal a long spread of the Milky Way with over 7,000 stars. The Tonopah Historic Mining Park provides a fascinating look at a silver mining operation from the early 20th century, including a tour of an underground mining tunnel. The indoor and outdoor exhibits at the Central Nevada Museum give further insight into mining, ranching, paleontology, natural history, and Native American culture of the Old West. The nearby Alta Toquima Wilderness Area, Table Mountain Wilderness Area, and Arc Dome Wilderness Area are ideal for hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife observation.
3. Ely, Nevada
The city of Ely lies in eastern Nevada, less than four hours north of North Las Vegas. The town serves as a convenient gateway to Great Basin National Park, a magnificent landscape of rugged mountains and pine forests. From hiking trails in the park, you can often observe wildlife such as elk, mule deer, pronghorns, coyotes, and cougars. Park rangers offer tours of the awe-inspiring Lehman Caves, which are large underground tunnels and chambers full of stalagmites, stalactites, and other formations. Cave Lake State Park, a few miles southeast of Ely, is an idyllic location with a pristine lake for swimming, boating, and trout fishing. Ely also hosts the family-friendly Northern Nevada Railway Museum, which displays historic equipment and offers themed excursions on special steam-powered trains. Head for Garnet Hill Recreation Area to prospect for deep red garnet gems.
4. Rancho Mirage, California
Located in the beautiful Coachella Valley in Southern California, just over four hours from North Las Vegas, Rancho Mirage is a resort city that’s popular with celebrities. Year-round warm weather and sunshine provide ideal conditions for golf. Numerous championship courses are in and around the city, including the Westin Mission Hills Country Club and the Desert Willow Golf Resort. Local attractions include the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which takes you in a revolving tram car from the floor of the Coachella Valley to San Jacinto Peak in San Jacinto State Park. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a family-friendly park that features a zoo with desert wildlife and extensive gardens displaying lovely desert plants from around the world.
5. Carlsbad, California
The seaside resort city of Carlsbad lies on the breathtakingly beautiful Southern California coast less than five hours from North Las Vegas. Several wide soft sand beaches fronting the town offer opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, sand castle building, kite flying, and water sports. Head for SoCal Surf Lessons to receive expert instruction in the iconic California sport of surfing. Carlsbad Lagoon provides rentals of power boats, pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards to help you have fun in the water. Carlsbad is the home of LEGOLAND California, which includes a theme park with rides, an aquarium, and a large water park with multiple waterslides and pools. Nearby is the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a large wildlife sanctuary that attracts millions of visitors annually.
6. Bullhead City, Arizona
Bullhead City sits on the east bank of the scenic lower Colorado River less than two hours from North Las Vegas. Rent boats and jet skis at River Star Rentals to explore the area and play on the river. For a luxurious river excursion, book a tour on the 112-passenger Celebration riverboat out of nearby Laughlin. The Colorado River Museum offers a fascinating look at regional history and Native American cultures. The local golf courses include the Chaparral Golf & Country Club and the Mojave Resort Golf Club. Take the kids to Scooter’s Family Fun Center for mini-golf, go-karts, batting cages, and arcade games.
7. Page, Arizona
The city of Page, gateway to beautiful Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, is in northern Arizona just over four hours from North Las Vegas. Antelope Point Marina offers guided boat tours to the most scenic points on the lake, while Antelope Canyon Tours takes you for photography excursions into the incomparably beautiful orange and red sandstone slot canyons. Go swimming and sunbathing at Lone Rock Beach and the Lake Powell Marina Swimming Area. Westwind Air Service takes you aloft for an aerial tour of the spectacular landscape. Don’t miss a tour of the awe-inspiring Glen Canyon Dam.
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