Ok, so we all know the joys of a trip to Vegas, the casinos, the over the top hotels, the shows and of course the theory of “what happens in Vegas…”, so let’s look outside of the obvious at some of the day tours you can take whilst in the fun capital of America.
If you want to harness your inner Mulder (or Scully), then what better way than to tour Area 51? Popular for so long with UFO enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists alike you can now take an official tour of the world’s most infamous army facility. Beginning with a ride in an SUV through the desert you will encounter petroglyphs from the ancient Indians, and with their more than passing resemblance to an alien this is a great way to kick off your tour. Next up is the eerie bed of a dry lake, the place of frequent UFO reported sightings. You’ll also stop at a couple of themed stops along the way, including the “Extraterrestrial highway” and the LittleA’le’inn. Here you can meet Capt Clark, a former captain in the air force and you can buy his information booklet at the store. Finally you’ll make it to the guarded facility and take your tour of the mysterious Area 51.
Another tour from Vegas not to be missed is a trip to the Hoover Dam and along the way you’ll get to experience the Colorado River too. You can get a tour that starts with a luxurious van picking you up at your hotel before you head off into the Black Canyon. Here you get to enjoy parts of the Colorado river that are so remote that many people do not get the chance to see them. As you are drifting up the river you’ll get the opportunity to take once in a lifetime photos of the Hoover Dam towering above you into the sky. The raft element of this tours last for around 30 minutes. Once you get to the dam you’ll get into areas that aren’t open to most people, this includes air vents where you can take in phenomenal views across the mountains and river below.
No trip to Vegas would be complete without an excursion to the Grand Canyon. There are countless offers of tours to the canyon and you need to shop around to find the one that best fits your desires and budget. You can take day tours, night tours, helicopter tours and camping tours to name but a few. One trip however gives you the opportunity to travel by boat, road and air. Starting off in Boulder City, the adventure moves down Diamond Bar Road which offers staggering views of the Joshua Tree Forest which lays in front of the Grand Wash Cliffs. Enjoy your lunch looking out over the Grand Canyon before making the descent down 4,000 feet by helicopter to the Colorado River. From there you’ll board a pontoon boat and take a relaxing cruise down the river. Finally you’ll get back onto the helicopter and fly back to the top of the Grand Canyon where you will return to Las Vegas in an SUV.