Las Vegas is rightly called “America’s Playground,” but it can be hard to find the time to play when balancing work or school demands. Take advantage of the long weekend this Memorial Day to explore and adventure in and around Las Vegas. Ready to start planning your getaway? Here are seven places to check out.
What to do in Vegas Memorial Day Weekend
Choose from any of the 19 trails to hike around this stunning natural area. The vivid red rocks make a striking backdrop for photos. Stop by the visitor center to learn more about the geology, plants, and wildlife of the area, and pick up a souvenir at the gift shop. Before you leave, take a scenic drive around the loop.
Where: 1000 Scenic Loop Drive, Las Vegas, NV
Take a break from city life at Lake Mead, the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the United States. The lake has a variety of houseboats for rent, where you can spend the weekend with family or friends. Get a small boat that sleeps six for an intimate gathering, or bring on the party with the 75′ Xtreme Houseboat that sleeps 14 people. It’s sure to be an unforgettable weekend.
Where: Callville Bay Marina, 100 Callville Bay Road, Callville Bay, Nevada
Experience the thrilling secret history in this interactive museum. You’ll learn the dark stories of organized crime and law enforcement, and the impact that the Prohibition Era had on the city of Las Vegas. You can see high-tech theater presentations and nearly 2,000 authentic artifacts from the Prohibition days. Be sure to tour all of the museum’s 3 floors.
Where: 300 Stewart Avenue, Las Vegas, NV
A longer weekend means more time for shopping and plenty of great sales. The outdoor village-style shopping center at the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets is perfect for enjoying the spring weather and picking up some bargains. Shop at 175 outlet stores to find your favorite brands at up to 65% off retail prices.
Where: 875 S Grand Central Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV
5. Hoover Dam
See why millions of tourists have visited this impressive dam for decades. The massive concrete structure has surprisingly elegant Art Deco touches and works of art inspired by the Navajo and Pueblo tribes of the region. Tours are available daily. Be sure to check out the power plant, the dam, or both.
Where: Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada
The red sandstone formations at Nevada’s oldest state park glow like flames when they are hit with the sun’s bright rays. Look for prehistoric carvings in the rocks and imagine life in those early days. The park has facilities for picnicking, camping, and hiking.
Where: 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV
Hike around the lower trails or up to the prominent peak of this beautiful and iconic Nevada mountain. Be sure to pack a sweatshirt as the high mountain is 30 degrees cooler than the surrounding desert. Large trees and alpine meadows along the mountain trails offer a great change of scenery and the picnic spots and campgrounds will entice you to stay for awhile. Check out the resort at the bottom of the mountain for refreshments and essentials.
Where: 2275 Kyle Canyon Rd, Las Vegas, NV
With seemingly endless opportunities for adventure around Las Vegas, you’ll be glad for the extra day to explore.