In The Last Days of Summer, Take a Day-cation from the City
Everyone needs a break. Whether you are visiting Las Vegas for the first time and you're looking for something out of the ordinary to do, or whether you are sitting at home in the city and you have the aching feeling like you just need to get away. The outskirts of Las Vegas hold your temporary oasis.
Las Vegas might seem like it is isolated in the midst of a quiet desert, but on the contrary, it's central to some of the best day-cation spots you can seek out. With only a few more weeks of summer to go, take time for yourself, your friends, or your family and enjoy a day-cation. Check out these three possible spots to get away for a day:
Willow Beach: This is one of Vegas' best-kept secrets, mostly because it's not in Nevada. Since Las Vegas happens to sit on the far, southern corner of Nevada, it squares itself into the ideal proximity of other states' borders. Willow Beach is an hour's drive from the city, and it holds true to its name. With beachfront sand and shoreline, the Colorado River wraps around to provide ample opportunities for boating, kayaking, and fishing. And if you want to just lay in the sand and soak up the sun, there's plenty of space to do that as well. If you go, keep in mind that Willow Beach is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and will require an entrance fee. However, it is absolutely worth it. Why drive 4-5 hours to a beach in California when a perfectly beautiful one is so close to the city?
Blue Diamond: Anyone can advise you to go spend a few hours at Red Rock hiking the canyon or enjoying the majestic views. But, have you heard of the town of Blue Diamond? Even closer than Willow Beach, Blue Diamond can be easily accessed from the aptly named Blue Diamond Road. It is a tiny town with only a handful of residences and businesses; so, if you are looking for tranquility in an idyllic atmosphere, Blue Diamond is your haven. In 2018, the site Only In Your State said of Blue Diamond, "This enchanting town in Nevada is unlike any other in the World." This charming town is a favorite of weekend cyclists and local hikers who come into Blue Diamond for a quick refreshment after a morning jaunt. If you go, you must visit the Cottonwood Station Eatery. The restaurant honors its past with photos that show the history of the area, and it has become a favorite for those seeking food and drinks with an epic view.
Primm: It's time to pay homage to the out-of-town spot that may have started it all for those seeking a day-cation from the city. More so, it's time to give that spot its due since it continues to hang on amidst the reality of the epic continual growth of its neighbor, Las Vegas. Not too long ago, Primm was considered an ideal location to visit for parents who took their children to Vegas; these were the days when Sin City did not boast its "family-friendly" attractions. The roller coaster in Primm was a draw as well as the town's hotels with their family-centric vibes. However, a lot has changed in Primm. Recently, the hotel industry has struggled, and the roller coaster no longer runs, but Primm is close enough to Vegas that it is still meaningful to take a few hours to visit. Just a quick 20-minute drive down Interstate 15, a trip to Primm is still worth it for the outlet shopping. The recently revamped outlet mall known as Prizm is a piece of art on the outside (Instagram-worthy from all sides). And on the inside, you can eat and shop until your day is done.
So with these options in mind, it's time to get out there and take your day-cation before summer is through!