A getaway to Vegas needs to include slot machines, poker, taking a cruise down the Las Vegas strip and walking the freaky Fremont Experience – that’s the schtick that is Las Vegas! But there’s so much more the area has to offer just outside the bustle of sin city.
Day trip possibilities can take you in any direction – north, south, east or west. Spend your time within Vegas but rent a convertible and explore the bigger “wild west” of Nevada.
North – Area 51 throughout Rachel, Nevada (more below)
South – explore the lower Colorado River and stand at the border of California, Nevada and Arizona
East – explore Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the Hoover Dam and farther East to the Grand Canyon
West – drive into Death Valley and explore the Rhyolite ghost town!
Area 51 – Does Area 51 really exist?
While I’m no expert on aliens or the conspiracy theories surrounding the uber-secret, hidden-in-the-middle-of-the-Nevada-desert, circled-within-mountains military base with top secret access, I am a nerd by-product of the popular culture mythology surrounding this secret Area 51. Feeding my inner nerd with a day to spare, I jumped in my Camaro convertible and set the GPS for Rachel, Nevada.