The 5 Best Scenic Routes Near Las Vegas

From our Arizona trip last summer with my wife.
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Las Vegas is in a valley, in the middle of a desert. Yes, we know this, you know this, but did you know that Vegas is surrounded by scenic drives that will surely take you on an adventure? Check out the top 5 scenic routes around Las Vegas!

1. Red Rock Canyon

1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161

Red Desert Rocks
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This one is a no brainer, they even have a road called the scenic loop! Red Rock Canyon is full of beautiful and interesting rock formations. While on the scenic loop, you can cruise on by or you can pull off at any of the numerous lookout points or even head out for a scenic hike! If you're able to head out there an hour before the sun sets, you'll be rewarded with even more stunning colors. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as burros and lizards! For more secluded spots, get yourself a Jeep rental and check out some of the off-road trails available.

2. Lake Mead National Park – North Shore Road

4910-4952 E Lake Mead Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89015

An aerial view to Lake Mead.
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This is one of the best routes around Lake Mead! It stretches for almost fifty miles, and winds its way from housing, through historic geologic periods, to stunning rock formations, and of course some wonderful views of Lake Mead!

3. Boulder City & The Hoover Dam

Route 93 through Boulder City | Hoover Dam: Continue on the Great Basin Hwy and follow signs for the Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam near Boulder City Nevada, 45 minutes from Las Vegas.
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The Hoover Dam is an iconic architectural feat that is a must-see when you're in Las Vegas! The winding route will take you through canyons, rock formations, and there are plenty of scenic overlook spots for you to take an Instagram pic at! While you're by the Hoover Dam, stop by downtown Boulder City to check out its historic buildings, antique shops, and even delicious local restaurants! If you're looking to explore this side of town, we highly recommend Hoover Dam Scooter Tours! You will get your very own scooter and tour guide to cruise around the area with!

4. Valley of Fire State Park – White Domes Road

29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040

Valley of Fire
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White Domes Road is 5.7 miles that will take you to see tall ridges of red sandstone. Drivers will pass numerous postcard-worthy vistas surrounded by vibrant rock formations. Once you're finished with the White Domes Road, make sure to check out the main scenic loop at the Valley of Fire State Park to see more stunning rock formations and views!

5. Lee Canyon

6725 Lee Canyon Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89124

This route will take you through the spring mountains, a vast difference from the Las Vegas Valley. You'll encounter winding roads up the mountainside, fresh pine trees, and even a variety of wildlife! When driving on the lee canyon route, there are many different lookout points and areas where you can spot coyotes, wild horses, desert bighorn sheep, and much more! Depending on the time of the year, it might get a bit chilly so dress accordingly!

There you have it, the 5 Best Scenic Routes Near Las Vegas, so next time you're itching to escape the famous Las Vegas Strip & casinos, just jump in a vehicle and take a short road trip!