Whether you’re a long time resident, or visiting for the weekend, you may not want to spend all your time in the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip. When most people think of Vegas, they think of flashing lights, sparkling show girls, bottomless drinks and hotel casinos, however, there is a softer side to Vegas that we want to explore today. Right outside the concrete jungle are several beautiful attractions which are more than worth the drive to explore and will satisfy those cravings for some outdoor fun.
After your adventures, make sure to stop by Tamba Lounge to refuel. Tamba Lounge is located right in the heart of Vegas on the strip and offers authentic, yet innovative, Indian food that’s sure to please every palate. Stop by today for our lunch or dinner menu as part of your adventures!
5 Places to Explore Outside Las Vegas
- Red Rock Canyon: Red Rock Canyon is a conservation area right outside of Las Vegas, just 17 miles away from the strip and is visited by more than 2 million people each year. The area is named as such for it’s beautiful red rock landscape and is full of picnic areas, campsites, rock climbing, hiking trails, mountain bike trails and unique geological formations. There’s also a 13-mile scenic drive visitors can take if they’d like to see more than just one hike.
- Lake Mead Reservoir: Lake Mead is located just about 25 miles outside of Las Vegas and offers cool relief from the heat along with tons of activities, including hiking, boating, fishing, camping and water sports. While you’ll have to pay a small fee to enter the recreation area, it will be more than worth it once the expansive, beautiful blue lake appears against a rugged backdrop. It’s truly a magnificent sight to see!
- Hoover Dam: Hoover Dam, also once known as Boulder Dam, was built in the 1930s as a way to control floods, provide irrigation and produce hydroelectric power from the Colorado river. Named after President Herbert Hoover, the dam impounds Lake Mead Reservoir and is toured by nearly a million people each year. On your tour, you’ll not only get a unique look inside the power plant and passageways, but an amazing view of the lake and the breathtaking landscape it sits up against.
- Valley of Fire: The Valley of Fire State Park is a little bit further from Las Vegas than our other destinations so far, but equally worth the drive! The park is world-renowned for its beautiful sandstone landscape and ancient petroglyphs. With a rich geographic history, campers and hikers will never run out of beautiful sights to see. The park has many campsites available for campers, as well as numerous hiking trails and picnic areas with a minimal park fee of $10.
- Zion Canyon National Park: Lastly, located just two hours from the state line, is breathtaking Zion National Park. Zion is actually nestled in southwest Utah and is made up of stunning sandstone cliffs and canyons. The Virgin River cuts through the middle of the canyon as well leaving greenery and waterfalls in its wake. Not only is there camping, hiking, canyoneering and more in the canyon, but the small town of Springdale, located right outside the canyon, is full of local eateries, fun bars and interesting historical shops to keep the whole family entertained.
Visit Tamba Lounge Today!
Tamba Lounge is a new style of Indian restaurant that is both innovative and time-honoring. We pride ourselves in offering not only the best Indian food in town, but also a hip, stylish experience to go with it. After your exciting adventures, stop by for our lunch or dinner for some delicious, authentic Indian food or call us at 702.798.7889 for reservations or questions about our menu.