The journey is the destination.
Once the Las Vegas valley hits summertime, 120 degree weather isn’t really “fun in the sun.” Luckily for Las Vegas’ geographical location, we are only a few hours away from beautiful cities and destinations that’s definitely a lot cooler to escape to. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a nature trip, here are four destinations Las Vegas locals can easily drive to within four, maybe four and half hours away.
Head south on the I-15 and within 4 hours and 13 min, you can find yourself in Palm Springs, California. Known for their hot springs, chic hotels and spas, golf courses, and vintage shopping, Palm Springs is the perfect luxury escape from the scorching Las Vegas heat. Surrounded by the beautiful Coachella Valley, you could even escape to a cooler climate of the outdoors from hiking, biking, and even horseback riding.
Travel the I-15 North up to Utah and for about 3 hours and 54 minutes driving distance, Bryce Canyon National Park awaits your arrival. There’s no other place than Bryce Canyon; its breathtaking views of the canyons and rock formations, gorgeous waterfall hikes, and unique wildlife. There are lots of lodging and camping options if you wanted to extend your stay as well.
If you really want to escape the heat, Big Bear Lake doesn’t get any hotter than 70 degrees in the summertime! The road trip is only 3 hours and 36 minutes away from Sin City and the drive is totally worth it. The options to get in touch with nature is never ending at Big Bear Lake; water sports galore, hiking trails to the most stunning views, and you could even relax and pamper yourself in their 5-star spas.
Arizona is home to the most astonishing nature trips, one of them being Antelope Canyon. Although Arizona is known to be just as hot as Las Vegas, surprisingly, it isn’t. It doesn’t get any hotter than 100 degrees in the middle of July and is only a 4 and a half hour drive away. Explore the different hiking trails in the slots of the red canyon while accessing the beautiful lodging options along the Colorado river.