MOST PEOPLE ATTRIBUTE the Vegas experience with casinos, shopping and night life on the strip. This reputation overshadows Las Vegas’s prime location and proximity to some of the most amazing National Parks in the country. Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Lake Mead and Death Valley are all awesome day trips to take from Vegas.

Death Valley

Badwater Basin

Inyo County, United States

The salt flats in Badwater Basin are 282 feet below sea level. In the summer it is extremely hot walking out on the salt flats. It was about 115 degrees when I was there. Bring lots of water! The salt crystals are really a cool sight to see. If you want you can taste the salt. #nationalpark

Zabriskie Point

Inyo County, United States

Gorgeous lookout point over a very unique landscape composed of sediment from Furnace Creek Lake which dried up 5 million years ago.

Artists Palette

Inyo County, United States

This was one of my favorite spots in Death Valley. Absolutely stunning natural colors. Be sure to leave the lookout area and walk through the colorful hills. #nationalpark

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Death Valley, United States

Amazing place to come for golden hour and sunset. It’s tough work walking along the dunes as your shoes fill with sand. #nationalpark #sanddunes

Grand Canyon

Maverick Helicopters

Grand Canyon Village, United States

The absolute best way to experience the Grand Canyon is from above! #nationalpark #helicopter

Grand Canyon National Park

North Rim, United States

Does it get any better than this? #nationalpark

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce, United States

Home of the hoodoos! Hike all around these awesome tall thin rock formations. #nationalpark #hiking

Inspiration Point

Bryce, United States

You’ll find a bunch of these little guys chilling at the most scenic point in the park. You’ll have to walk up the hill a few minutes to get there but it’s absolutely worth it. #nationalpark #brycecanyon

Lake Mead

Hoover Dam

Clark County, United States

Incredible sight to see from below. The dam is built in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River on the border of Nevada and Arizona. It impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States.

Colorado River

Clark County, United States

Rafting down the Colorado River was a highlight of my trip in Lake Mead. Don’t forget to stop and explore dozens on hot springs along the way. One of the hot springs is around 150 degrees Fahrenheit! #nationalpark #coloradoriver

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