After a summer of incredible heat in Las Vegas, with temperatures so hot that hotel room keys melted by the pool, visitors in fall can delight in the outdoors as the weather cools down. Here’s a list of our Las Vegas Deal Experts’ favorite things to do in late summer and fall:
Hiking in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: Just a short drive west of The Strip, the mountains are closer than travelers think. The conservation area 17 miles from the heart of the city offers a peaceful yet exciting reprieve from the casino floor. There are more than 30 miles of hiking trails for varying levels of skill. Swing by the visitors center to get a map and chat with a ranger on what routes work best for your group.
Helicopter tours: Because the city and surrounding area are on such a grand scale, one of the best ways to take it all in is from above ground. Travelzoo Tip: For $69, soar over the city during the day or night with a tour from 702 Helicopters, regularly $149.
Watersports on Lake Mead National Recreation Area: What feels like a million miles from The Strip is the largest reservoir in the United States, an extremely popular boating spot for the locals. Visitors also come to kayak, Jet Ski, swim, hike and go on nature walks. Make a day of it with lunch at a shaded picnic spot, and pick up fishing equipment at one of three marinas. The costs are nominal: $5 per person for a weeklong pass or $10 per vehicle.
Breathe in fresh air from the top of the Stratosphere: Who says you have to leave The Strip to get some perspective and fresh air? Head to the top of the Stratosphere Tower, more than 100 floors above ground, in an elevator ride that takes less than a minute. At the top you’ll find panoramic views from the observation deck plus restaurants, shops, a spa and thrill rides. Kids tickets are $10 and adults are $18. It’s $12 for Nevada residents and seniors.
Lake Las Vegas pedal boats: Yachts, electric boats, kayaks, canoes and even gondolas are available for rent at this 320-acre lake less than a half hour from the city. But one of the most popular to try out is pedal boats, which give visitors a good workout and a new way to enjoy the temperate weather. Rates start at $25 per hour for the activity that’s open from 8 a.m. to sundown.
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