Although Las Vegas boasts some of the greatest night life in the world, it also offers a variety of unforgettable daytime activities and adventures. From the scenic, expansive vistas of nearby national natural preserves to the thrill of race car driving, the daylight hours offer something for everyone. Before you book your trip to Vegas, check out a few of our favorite daytime activities below.
1. Red Rock Canyon
Visit this popular conservation area and take in the natural history of southern Nevada. Red Rock Canyon features a one-way, 13-mile scenic drive with dozens of recreational opportunities along the way. Whether you're hoping to observe the native flora and fauna or embark on an intense hike, Red Rock Canyon is a place you'll have to see to believe. The national park also offers educational tours as well as a well-stocked gift shop filled with mementos for your visit.
2. Hot-Air Balloon Rides
If you’re looking for an aerial perspective of the Las Vegas Valley and ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, add a hot-air balloon ride to your itinerary. You can expect to see a spectacular bird’s eye view of the gorgeous mountains of Red Rock Canyon and the famous Las Vegas Strip as you meander the sky over the city. Make sure to keep an eye out for wildlife and envious onlookers below.
3. Race Car Driving
Have you ever dreamed of driving a high-perfomance vehicle on a professional-grade racetrack? At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, that dream can become reality. With a fleet of exotic automobiles—Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin—you’ll feel like a legitimate stunt-driver flooring the gas pedals of these hot rods. Make sure to check out the Neon Garage, which many refer to as “NASCAR’s Disneyland.” Fans can get in the action and watch their favorite NASCAR drivers from track level.
4. Indoor Skydiving
Ever thought of skydiving, but been too terrified to take the plunge? Here's your chance to experience the thrill of skydiving with your friends and family from the safety just feet above ground. You’ll get a taste of the rush that skydivers enjoy during a freefall without traveling to an altitude of 12,500 feet. Classes start every 30 minutes, and skydivers of all ages are welcome to take flight.
5. Hoover Dam
Right outside Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam is a sight of majesty. It confines the largest reservoir in the United States, Lake Mead, and provides one of the most epic backgrounds for your next selfie. Constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam is a historical and educational site everyone should experience.
6. Stratosphere Observation Deck
A unique fixture in the Las Vegas skyline, the Stratosphere observation deck is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. With both an indoor and outdoor deck, the tower provides unique views of the entire city. And, if you get hungry on your trip up the tower, check out the award-winning menu available at the Top of the World restaurant. After you've finished taking in the scenery, hop on one of the Stratosphere's thrilling attractions for a ride you'll never forget.
7. Helicopter Rides
There are many different types of helicopter tours available in Las Vegas. Some take you on night flights filled with city lights, some take you on spectacular three-and-a-half to four-hour tours through the Grand Canyon, over Lake Mead and above the Hoover Dam—and some do all of the above and include plane and pontoon boat cruises. Sip champagne, take a selfie (or ten) and enjoy the sights on your flight over Vegas and its surrounding natural beauty.
8. 18 Holes at Angel Park
At almost 3,000 feet in elevation, the Angel Park Golf Course in Las Vegas offers breathtaking views of Red Rock Canyon and Las Vegas. Featuring world-class fairways and perfectly maintained greens, when you play at Angel Park, you’ll feel like one of the pros—and as a par 3 course, Angel Park is ideal for those looking for a quick 18 holes.
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