After being cooped up for a couple of years thanks to COVID-19, who isn't itching for a getaway? Fill up your tank and hit the open road to check out these five short road trips from Vegas. Listed in order of drive time (and all under two and a half hours each way!), you can just pack a bag and pick your destination to head off for a weekend or even a day trip to explore some new scenery.
Las Vegas Road Trips Under Three Hours
Mesquite, Nevada - 1.5 hrs
Located just over an hour away, Mesquite, Nevada, is known for its outdoor adventure opportunities and easy access to Valley of Fire State Park and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. If hiking, off-roading and golfing aren't your style, pop into the Lost City Museum to learn about the area's history and culture.
For some pampering, check into one of the local resorts for spa services or wander the Mesquite Fine Arts Center for a laid-back gallery walk. Dining highlights include buffets, burgers, beef and breakfast, given a large number of resort restaurants and roadside bar-and-grill spots. This destination is family- and pet-friendly, or perfect for a weekend with friends.
Laughlin, Nevada - 1.5 hrs
Head south to the Nevada-Arizona border, and you'll reach Laughlin, Nevada in about 90 minutes, right on the Colorado River. Small town meets resort town, like a Strip staycation on a smaller scale, with shows, fine dining, spa services and outdoor activities. Book a room at a casino resort for access to the amenities like pools and golf courses, and hit the water for a boat tour or jet ski rental during the day.
Once the sun goes down, check out a tribute show or head to a local lounge for live music and entertainment. If you want to extend your drive for a unique photo op, head down to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, to see the London Bridge.
St. George, Utah - 1 hour, 50 minutes
Just under two hours away and a hop across the border into Utah is the charming town of St. George. Once you hit the road, look up the Tuacahn Amphitheatre and try to snag tickets to whatever play or musical may be showing. The historic downtown area could pass for the set of a Hallmark movie, and there are plenty of family-friendly spots to explore.
Grand Canyon West - 2 hours
Whether you see it as a glorified hole in the ground or a numbered item on your Bucket List, everyone who lives in Vegas should make a point of visiting the Grand Canyon at least once. The Grand Canyon West entrance is our closest access point to this natural wonder, about two hours away.
Your stay can be as flexible as you are, with options to stay in an RV park, campsite, or hotel. Take in the view from the modern glass-and-steel Skywalk or get your adrenaline flowing with a guided white water rafting trip or 40 MPH zipline trip, or splurge for a helicopter tour.
Calico Ghost Town, California - 2 hours, 15 minutes
Are you searching for something more unique? Get off the literal beaten path with a trip to Calico, California, an abandoned mining town from the 1800s that is equal parts historical and haunted, depending on who you ask and where you go.
With four sites to explore, you can try your hand at panning for gold, learn about the railroad system and tour a real silver mine. Packed with plenty of fun photo ops as well as nearby hiking and Western-themed shopping, Calico Ghost Town offers a lot of variety despite its name.