What to See on a 4-day Road Trip from Las Vegas

What to See on a 4-day Road Trip from Las Vegas

Vegas is great! It’s one of the few places in the world where you can go really go wild and let loose. But after a few days of it, it can be draining. You start to lose track of time, incur gambling debt and walk around with a constant hangover. That’s when it’s nice to pack up and recharge with some of the amazing landscapes surrounding the Vegas area.

Nevada borders Arizona and Utah and is within driving distance to everything from the Hoover Dam to dinosaur tracks. Those looking for an escape will find a welcome sanctuary in Mother Nature after a week of partying in Vegas. Here’s how to make the most of a 4-day road trip to and from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Day 1: Visit Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is famous for several trails, including the Narrows and the gravity defying Angel’s Landing hike. It’s only about an hour and half outside of Vegas and can be easily reached by car. Parking fills up early, so try to get there the night before if possible to get an early morning start. There is a complimentary shuttle service that takes you to and from the different trailheads, and a restaurant midway along the stops.

Afterwards, start heading east, back into Arizona. Rest for the night, you’re sure to be wiped after a long day of hiking.

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Day 2: Go to Page, Arizona

Road Trip from Las Vegas

Page, Arizona is home to stunning natural beauty. It has sunset views of red rocks and Horseshoe Bend, a horseshoe-shaped river that has a constant stream of admirers people posed along its perimeter. You can also visit Lake Powell Tribal Park to see Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, slot canyons on Navajo territory that are highly photographed and in demand. You can also take a tour of the surrounding canyons, such as Owl Canyon, where if you’re lucky you’ll spot one of the resident owls.

Start with Upper Antelope Canyon and aim for a 10:30am tour so you’ll be primed to capture sunbeam shots. Then head to the Lower Antelope Canyon tour immediately afterwards. It’s about a 10 minute drive away and there are only two tour providers that grant access. Finish your day at Horseshoe Bend, beating the sunset crowds while still capturing glare-free panoramic photos. Once you’re done, head to Williams, Arizona, where you’ll find the most affordable hotels to stay in near the Grand Canyon.

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Day 3: Hike The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Road Trip from Las Vegas

The Grand Canyon was on the cover of Oprah’s Year of Adventure issue, and with good reason, It’s the most expansive and awe-inspiring place on the West Coast, making you suddenly aware of your size and place in the universe. It has a way of humbling you, and testing your endurance. The South Kaibib Trail is a great way for beginner hikers to experience the canyon from within, hiking past Ooh-Ah point to Cedar Ridge and perhaps seeing a mule or two along the way.

There are several lookout points around the visitor’s center area, and you can join the masses there for pictures before leaving if you want to walk around more. It will seem insanely crowded, however, after you’ve had your moment in the Canyon. You can choose where to stay tonight. I picked Laughlin because it was centrally located between The Grand Canyon and Vegas and I didn’t want to pay Grand Canyon lodging rates. My room in Henderson was only $26 for the night compared to my $120 Days Inn rental in Williams. The main point is that you find a comfy place to rest and celebrate your recent hiking achievements.

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Day 4: Explore Seven Magic Mountains outside Las Vegas

Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas

Take this day to sleep in, have a late breakfast and lounge. When you’re ready, head to Henderson, Nevada to see Seven Magic Mountains, a temporary art installation on display until 2018. If you have time, stop by the High Roller at the Linq Promenade in Vegas for farewell views of the city. Then, head to the airport and return your rental car, your adventure is over.

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Four days is plenty of time to explore the Vegas area. If you have more time, look into adding Bryce Canyon in Utah to your list, or stopping by more canyons in and around the Page area.

I hope this post helps you in your planning. Till next time, safe travels!

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Las Vegas is a great starting point for a West Coast road trip. See the best of Arizona, Utah and Nevada with this itinerary, including Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon and the Grand Canyon. There are so many beautiful places in the USA. Pin this to your travel board for a future visit to Las Vegas, Nevada.

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17 Comments

  1. August 21, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    nice post

  2. August 21, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    This place is incredible! I want to go there 😉

  3. August 22, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    wow beautiful place

  4. August 23, 2017 / 1:54 am

    Wow! these high mountains and the curves of the rocks are so serene and big. I’d be spending my time staring at the abyss that exists from that height.

  5. August 25, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Oh my gosh. I’m going to Vegas in October. I hope I have time to see the Seven Magic Mountains! Those rock formations look so surreal set against the desert landscape.

  6. August 26, 2017 / 6:11 am

    We were just at Angel’s Landing. That was a great hike. I did the rim-rim-rim day hike back when I was younger and in better shape. We took Bright Angle both ways but I think it would have been better to head down Kibab and back up Bright Angle. The view are way better coming down on Kibab because you’re in Bright Angle Creek drainage until you’re just about at the river on Bright Angle. Looks like a fun road trip.

  7. August 27, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Definitely a great starter list. Vegas is a great base camp for a lot of the southwest. I love Valley of Fire about an hour outside of Vegas, it’s a beautiful spot as well!

  8. August 28, 2017 / 4:03 am

    I’ve seen so many people visiting Zion and the Antelope Canyon in the past few months! The landscape is mesmerizing! The last time I was in Las Vegas, I only visited the Grand Canyon. I need to visit these other places next time!

  9. Ivy
    August 28, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    You’re so right, Vegas sucks the life outta ya! We’ve only been down to Vegas to party, totally missing out in these amazing sights! Wish the currency exchange rate wasn’t so shitty so we can make a trip back out there so we can tick these off our list!

  10. August 29, 2017 / 1:26 am

    I had no idea there were so many great sites within easy driving distance of Vegas! My husband has been bugging me to get to Zion National Park, so would definitely want to do that. And of course the Grand Canyon is on my bucket list. Great to know about the other two as well!

  11. August 29, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    All these places you had listed here on my to go list in US, especially Zion National Park! I hope I’ll get to see these places soon enough and your itinerary is perfect to plan a road trip!

  12. August 30, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    This is great! It’s great there are so many options to get away from the city life of Vegas should one want to! I’ve been dying to see the art installation – do you know when in 2018 it’s scheduled to be gone

    • September 1, 2017 / 1:23 am

      Hi Ashley! Definitely get out there asap, it’s scheduled to come down May 2018!

  13. Julianne
    September 1, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    I really agree with you on this — Vegas can be draining for me after two days or even one! I’ve seen tours go out of Vegas over to Zion and Bryce in Utah, but I hadn’t thought about road tripping from there. Great idea! And also, I really want to see the Seven Magic Mountains — hopefully before it’s too late 🙂

  14. September 4, 2017 / 9:26 am

    I’m not a huge fan of Vegas, but I LOVE all of the sights that are in driving distance of it. I skip Vegas and spend more time in Zion and the Grand Canyon — two of the most amazing national parks in the USA. This is a great itinerary, though, for folks with a limited amount of time — it’s better to see these places for a short time than not at all.

  15. September 5, 2017 / 8:38 am

    YAYYYY I did this too! I missed the magic mountains tho which I’m sad about, but we did to Antelope Canyon. I love how you cann hit up so many states in one go!

    • September 12, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      That’s awesome Katie! I wish I’d had the chance to see more of Utah, but you’re right traveling in between the states on the West Coast was so easy!

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