Las Vegas attracted 42.1 million visitors in 2018, and not all of them came to game. In fact, the area has much to offer tourists and residents alike outside of the Strip. The area’s lushness drew farmers and merchants alike in the 19th century, and its attractions and natural beauty continue to bring visitors to the valley today.
To get started, let’s take a look at five places to visit near Las Vegas by car. Each destination is only a two-hour car drive (or less!) away.
Distance from downtown: 80 miles
A haven for adventurers, Mesquite draws visitors for its hiking paths, mountain biking trails, ATV and nature tours, skydiving opportunities, and even its camel safaris! Make a day trip to enjoy the region’s well-groomed golf courses or enjoy an overnight stay at the CasaBlanca Golf Club resort and spa.
Distance from Las Vegas: 40 miles
Thrill-seekers and culture aficionados alike should add Primm-Jean-Good Springs to their itinerary. While Primm has claimed its place on the map for its fun and family-friendly Desperado roller coaster, Good Springs brims with history and gives a glimpse of what turn-of-the-century life looked like in Nevada. Stop at Jean Lake or Ivanpah Lake to marvel at the area’s astounding beauty, or swing by the fashion outlets or the creative Seven Magic Mountains art installation.
Distance from Las Vegas: 16 miles
Just outside the Strip, Henderson offers attractions for families and couples looking to get away together. While the city boasts numerous attractions, some favorites include the opulent hotel and retail mecca Lake Las Vegas, the delectable Ethel M Chocolates Factory, and specialty shopping at the Artisan Booze District. For romantics, Henderson offers a variety of accommodations; for history lovers, the city offers the Clark County Museum and the Veterans Memorial Wall.
Distance from Las Vegas: 27 miles
Both history buffs and families revel in historic Boulder City, which was built to house Hoover Dam workers. With a ban on gambling within its limits, the city finds many other ways to have fun. With a charming downtown that maintains Boulder City’s unique feel, excursions on the Black Canyon River, the Nevada State Railroad Museum, helicopter and airline tours, and even the Hoover Dam itself, the city has something for everyone.
Distance from Las Vegas: 97 miles
Looking for water fun? Look to Laughlin, a town on the Colorado River offering endless aquatic entertainment. Although the area offers its share of shopping opportunities and showcases the region’s history at the Colorado River Museum, visitors mainly come for Laughlin’s jet boat tours, river cruises, and jet ski adventures.
All within 100 miles of Las Vegas, these cities deserve to be part of your next Nevada vacation. For entertainment outside of the casino, these five places and others surrounding Las Vegas can offer plenty of ways to get the most out of the Las Vegas territory.