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If you want to see more than fake sky while in Las Vegas, there are a couple of great parks near Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Skylofts at MGM Grand, as well as several great day trips you can make from Las Vegas.
The Old Vegas Mormon State Historic Park, located in downtown Las Vegas, has a fort and artifacts on display. About 3 miles from the Strip you’ll find also find Springs Preserve, which features an eight-acre botanical garden with 1.6 miles of walking trails and large replicas of animals.
Head just 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas and you’re at the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. You can take a tour inside the dam and go more than 500 feet underground to visit the hydroelectric plant and generator that made Lake Mead possible. Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake in the United States, spanning 157,900 acres, and it’s great for fishing and boating or riding in a three-level, Mississippi-style paddleboat that ferries passengers across the lake to the Hoover Dam and back.
Drive about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas to get to the largest park in the contiguous United States: Death Valley National Park. Visitors brave the record-setting heat year-round — though spring is the busiest season — to check out the colorful mineral deposits, rolling mud hills and unique plant life Death Valley offers.
If you love geology, then we highly recommend the Valley of Fire State Park, about 55 miles northeast of the Strip. It’s known for its flame-colored rocks and trippy formations, with a terrain that feels almost moon-like. Several films, including Star Trek: Generations and Total Recall, were filmed in the park and the area is great for hiking and rock climbing.
At 300 miles away, the Grand Canyon is too far for a day trip drive. But if money is no object, you can charter a helicopter from Las Vegas to the canyon and back in as little as three or four hours. The Skylofts concierge can help you plan it.
With all the outdoor opportunities near Las Vegas, you can easily turn a trip there into a great all-around vacation.