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5 Awesome Outdoor Activities in Las Vegas

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|by Jessica Colley Clarke |


In Vegas, the outdoors are much closer than you think

There’s a lot more to Vegas than casinos. Beyond the bright lights of the Vegas Strip, Sin City offers easy access to a range of outdoor activities, from helicopter tours to balloon rides. Whether you want to ride a horse in the Nevada desert or hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon, there are many options for excursions outside of the city. Here are 5 outdoor activities not to miss in Las Vegas.

Explore the Grand Canyon (Photo: Lightkey/istock)

Explore the Grand Canyon (Photo: Lightkey/istock)

Hoover Dam Tour
Beyond the city limits of Las Vegas, outdoor activities abound. Hop into a Hummer 4x4 and cruise the 35 miles to the Hoover Dam, one of the country’s most impressive engineering marvels, on this 4-hour tour. After seeing Lake Mead, you will get an in-depth look at the Hoover Dam, including descending 500 feet into the dam via special elevator. Buy tickets to Hoover Dam Tour

All-American Helicopter Tour
A trip to Las Vegas isn’t complete without a bird’s eye view of the city and its surrounding landmarks. This 3.5-hour tour starts with limousine pick-up at your hotel before boarding a helicopter for a scenic flight above the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon West Rim and the Colorado River. Champagne and a light picnic lunch are included. Buy tickets to the All-American Helicopter Tour

Grand Canyon South Rim VIP Tour
A visit to the Grand Canyon may be the ultimate outdoor excursion from Las Vegas. This tour to the South Rim includes three hours in Grand Canyon National Park. Wear comfortable shoes and take advantage of free time to wander along the rim trail to famous scenic lookout points including Mather Point and Bright Angel Point. Buy tickets to the Grand Canyon South Rim VIP Tour

Vegas Balloon Rides
Experience the great outdoors from a new perspective with Vegas Balloon Rides. These 3-hour tours (including a 1-hour flight) offer the chance to witness sunrise from 1,000 feet in the air in the basket of a hot air balloon. The flight includes views of the Red Rock Mountains and the desert, plus a champagne toast and snacks afterwards. Buy tickets to Vegas Balloon Rides

Wild West Horseback Ride & Sunset BBQ Dinner Tour
Soak in the beauty of the Nevada desert from the saddle of a horse with this 6-hour tour. After hotel pick-up and transfer to a ranch 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas, you will set off on a 1.5-hour horseback ride at sunset. Afterward, kick back for a barbecue by the campfire (grub includes chicken or steak, baked potato, salad, corn on the cob and apple pie). Buy tickets to the Wild West Horseback Ride & Sunset BBQ Dinner Tour

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