This was a spontaneous, last minute family road trip through the Nevada Desert to visit some national parks.
We had the chance to take a few days off after Christmas and hit the road, so we headed south from our home in Salt Lake City for a winter road trip through the Nevada Desert.
Why? Firstly, because Asian food is much better in Las Vegas than in Utah because of its larger Asian population. Secondly, to kick back. This itinerary is very laid-back as we didn’t leave the hotel until check-out time most days. With earlier starts we would have accomplished more of course. All planning for the day was done the night before!
It takes six hours to drive from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas. It’s desert country around here, but the views are stunning.
We loved being able to mix up our nature sightseeing with the bright lights of Las Vegas.
We stayed at Days Inn by Wyndham Las Vegas. This was value for money (USD54 per night), conveniently located, and within walking distance to the Strip.
We love Asian food and had ramen for dinner. We tried Ramen Tatsu, but would recommend Ramen Sora where we went last time. From there, the only thing left to do was bundle up against the cold and take a walk on the Las Vegas Strip where there is always so much to see!
We had a delicious brunch at Taiwan Deli before heading out on a day trip.
Only 30 mins west from the centre of Las Vegas is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It features a 13 mile long scenic drive (one way) and is well worth the visit. There are lots of places to stop and take photos.
Then, because this trip was all about the driving and the sights we drove across Las Vegas out to Hoover Dam which is a man-made wonder. Driving past Lake Mead reminds me of driving on H3 past Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii.
We headed back into Las Vegas, and finally, after failing to visit it any of the previous four trips here, we headed out to the famous Fremont Street Experience. With three stages offering free entertainment every night, street performers, a zip line, places to eat, etc., there is a lot to take in. It was vivid, colourful, and we enjoyed it.
Based on reviews, we had sliders at White Castle for dinner. Their sliders are small but we were underwhelmed to be honest.
We eat pretty healthy at home, but not so much when we’re on a road trip!
We checked out and started the day with brunch at Jack in the Box (fast food) as the burgers are always juicy and we don’t have it in Utah. From there we hit the road and drove two hours west to Death Valley National Park which is on the border of Nevada and California. This is a stunning place to visit and drive through.
We took the time to get out and explore the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and Badwater Basin on our drive through the Park. There are still lots of places to stop and explore, so we are definitely going back again!
We headed back north east towards St. George in Utah after dark where we had accommodation booked at Days Inn by Wyndham St George. It was a four hour drive. We had Panda Express for dinner.
The last day of our road trip.
We had breakfast at the hotel before driving east to Zion National Park where we pretty used up all our camera storage taking photo after photo after photo.
This place is breathtakingly beautiful!
We did the Riverside Walk which is an easy walk at the beginning of The Narrows hiking trail. Being winter, there were magical icicles hanging everywhere, In much warmer weather I’d like to go back and hike Angel’s Landing trail one day.
Dinner was one last satisfying road trip meal at Honolulu Grill where we had the best BBQ meals, reminding me again of the years we lived in Hawaii.
It took us four hours of driving to get back home to Salt Lake City. For a last minute road trip through the Nevada desert, we had a wonderful time.
Trip taken December 2018
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