Best road trips from las vegas


From Canyons to Ghost Towns, here are the top 7 Road Trips From Las Vegas, Nevada

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Whether you are a resident of Las Vegas looking for a quick getaway, or a visitor to Sin City looking to take in more than just the Strip, there are a ton of great road trips to be had.

Our top 7 road trips guide was put together by our staff who have a knack for adventure and an appreciation for great cars.

No matter what your trip ahead has planned, SHAiR guarantees that you will find a quality rental car to elevate your experience in Las Vegas.

Rent an exotic car in Las Vegas, Nevada

When else will you have a chance like this to experience a vehicle that may not be in your budget to own outright? While not necessary, renting an exotic for the day is a great way to add some pizzazz to your trip. 

Be sure to head to our Las Vegas car rentals page so you can book your Las Vegas exotic rental car, then buckle in, fire up that engine, and enjoy the drive!

Eldorado Canyon gold mine and Nelson Ghost Town

Distance from Las Vegas: Approx. 45 miles

Driving time: Approx. 45 minutes

Only a short 45 minute drive from Las Vegas’ Strip is the ghost town of Nelson. Originally an old mining town that was purchased 25 years ago, it is now an exhibit dedicated to the eerie and mysterious. 

Old and half-rusted cars (hopefully none of our vehicles!) litter the town, along with props like rattlesnakes, and even crashed airplanes.

You’ll have a great time just walking around and snapping photos, but beware. While the town itself is not entirely authentic, live rattlesnakes are common in the area, so be sure to report any you find to the guides in town.

Mine tours take place at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.

Be sure to pack a sweater or jacket, as the tour is over an hour long and it does get chilly once you are in the mine!

Death Valley National Park

Distance from Las Vegas: Approx. 126 miles

Driving time: Approx. 1 hour 55 minutes

Can you take the heat?

Want to spend a day or two in one of the hottest and least hospitable environments anywhere on the planet? 

Then we dare you to take a trip to Death Valley.

Don’t worry, we’ll make sure the air conditioning in your rental car is up for the challenge.

Less than two hours away from Las Vegas is the Death Valley National Park where the average daily high is above 120.2 °F (or 49 °C) from June through August.

If you are looking to make this road trip more manageable, then come between November and March when the weather is more mild and temperatures are tolerable.

From the dried-out salt flats where bodies of water once existed to the rocky mountains and slippery sand dunes, this terrain is perfect for anyone who enjoys adventure and activity.

Excluding Alaska, Death Valley is one of the largest National Parks in the United States. It’s also a designated International Dark Sky Park, meaning there is no artificial light within the park and, at night, the view of the stars is unparalleled.

Valley of Fire State Park

Distance from Las Vegas: Approx. 49 miles

Driving time: Approx. 50 minutes

Want to take a day trip to the desert, but aren’t feeling up for the 2+ hour drive to Death Valley?

Well, the Valley of Fire is a fantastic alternative.

The Valley of Fire is under an hour’s drive from Las Vegas and is located in the Mojave Desert.

Once you have your rental vehicle from our car sharing web application, follow the I-15 North out of Las Vegas for about a half-hour, and take the indicated turn to the Valley of Fire Highway, which will take you right to the park.

With an intricate and uncommon mix of rocks of various colors, this Nevada State park offers some of the best hiking routes. Explore petroglyphs created by the Ancestral Puebloan tribes that date back thousands of years!

Be sure to bring lots of water if you are going to visit during the summer months, as temperatures hover around 100 °F (or 38 °C).

Mojave National Preserve

Distance from Las Vegas: Approx. 59 miles

Driving time: Approx. 1 hour

The City of Sin sits in the middle of the Mojave desert, and while Death Valley is the most popular place to experience the inhospitably hot climate, there is a lesser-known spot much closer to Las Vegas.

Though much of it is rocky desert terrain, there are a few interesting parts of the Mojave National Preserve that you can explore.

Nearby you will find the Cima Dome and the Shadow Valley which are home to a forest of Joshua Trees. Admittedly, “forest” may not be the best word to describe it, as the trees are sparse and there is no green undergrowth or birds chirping in the trees, but aside from Joshua Tree National Park, this is the next best place to enjoy these dramatic-looking trees.

Interested more in formidable rock formations instead of Joshua Trees? On your way to the heart of the Mojave National Preserve is Red Canyon National Conservation Area. 

At Red Canyon, you will see massive geological features like the Keystone Thrust Vault and red sandstone peaks that tower over the area.

Feeling a bit more adventurous?

Rent one of our Jeeps and larger vehicles to enjoy a bit of off-road navigating at the Mojave Desert Lava Tube. Made from molten lava flow, these underground “rooms'' give the feeling of being inside a cave.

Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam

Distance from Las Vegas: Approx. 39 miles

Driving time: Approx. 55 minutes

Do you want to take in one of Las Vegas’ most popular and famous attractions?

A short drive outside of Las Vegas is the Hoover Dam.

This world famous structure was built during the Great Depression and delivers the city their water and electricity supply. The Hoover Dam was the largest dam ever built at the time, and Lake Mead is still considered among the largest water reservoirs in the world.

Enjoy the drive out to this historic site in a luxury car to make your day even more special.

May we suggest a Bentley Continental rental perhaps? 

Cruise around the lake and dam in style, and don’t forget to grab a few minutes of relaxation on Boulder Beach.

After some lunch, take a drive along Northshore Road, which starts on the outskirts of Henderson and stretches for over 50 miles towards Valley of Fire State Park (mentioned earlier!).

We love this day trip because you get to combine a few of Las Vegas’ best road trips into one!

The Grand Canyon

Distance from Las Vegas: Approx. 275 miles

Driving time: Approx. 4 hours 15 minutes

Surely you expected the Grand Canyon to be on our list!

One of Las Vegas’ most popular road trip destinations, this 277-mile long canyon has some of the most amazing views, and as a result, attracts more than 5 million visitors each year!

As one of the longer drives on our list, be sure to maximize your journey with one of the luxury or exotic rentals you can book through our app!

While it takes roughly the same amount of time to get to the North Rim of the Canyon as it does the South, we recommend visiting the North Rim as it is much less crowded and will make for much better photo opportunities.

The Grand Canyon Skywalk on the South Rim is closer distance-wise to Vegas, but its massive popularity means you will probably be competing with others for the perfect view.

While most people drive right to Grand Canyon Village to take in this National Park, there are other spots that have less traffic, but that are just as amazing! Be sure to check out the Toroweap and Twin Point Overlooks, both of which are exceptional spots to stop for a few pictures.

Looking for some walking trails? One of the best trails along the bottom of the Canyon is the Havasu Falls Trail, and if you are feeling adventurous, Beaver Falls and Beaver Canyon are a little further down the same route.

If you do decide to take our suggestion to go to the North Rim and have the time, of course, be sure to stop at the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument!

Hollywood Getaway

Distance from Las Vegas: Approx. 305 miles

Driving time: Approx. 4 hours 45 minutes

Pack your overnight bags, rent yourself a posh car from our luxury and exotic line, and get ready to live like a celebrity!

Admittedly, it may not take as long as the estimate provided above, but as you cruise along the I-45 towards the City of Angels, you may run into some traffic, so it is always a prudent decision to leave early in the morning so you get to Los Angeles in time for lunch!

There is so much to see and do in Los Angeles that you could spend a few weeks there and still feel as though you haven’t seen it all. 

Be sure to visit Hollywood while you are there and check out the Walk of Fame along Hollywood Boulevard no matter how cliche it may sound! Once you have had a chance to look at the handprints of your favorite celebrities, cruise on down to the Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Park your Ferrari and spend some time shopping or simply people watching!

As you make your way around the city, be sure to check out what Culver City, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach have to offer. Traveling with kids? No problem! Be sure to spend a day at Universal Studios in Hollywood, or drive down to Disneyland in Anaheim!

Leaving the kids at home and looking for something a bit more romantic?

Be sure to head west past the Pacific Palisades where you’ll discover Malibu Beach and the less busy but equally beautiful El Matador Beach past Point Dume.

Now to you!

No matter where you decide to go for your Las Vegas road trip, carSHAiR has the rental car you are looking for.

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