National Parks Travel Hub: Las Vegas?

Should Las Vegas be your Travel Hub?

When travelers think of a Travel Hub, they might think of Times Square as a hub for entertainment, Anchorage as a hub to explore Alaska, or Cairo as a hub to explore Pyramids.

When thinking of some of the best natural wonders such as The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, or Zion, it may be almost the opposite mindset of the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.  However, Las Vegas has become a perfect Gateway or Hub to some incredible National Parks.

Is This Your Best Access?

Las Vegas Airport offers some of the lowest fares and most convenient schedules possible.  It has a wide variety of domestic and international airlines, with lots of non-stops from close and far.  The city offers a perfect landing place to find a hotel, meal and even a show before heading out into the scenic southwest. 

While Las Vegas has long been a favorite destination in itself, travelers from some countries in Europe and other areas have learned to wisely use it as the entrance to a National Park wonderland. 

What should I Do?

Consider starting in Las Vegas, with one or two nights to get adjusted and enjoy some of the amazing attractions it has to offer–and show, a spa, and maybe a famous chef restaurant?  Then add in a few days to explore the canyons, mountains, valleys and natural wonders of the surrounding National Parks.  Add another day at the end in Las Vegas before you fly out.  This can be a perfect combination, for an unforgettable vacation.

Here’s an example of a great plan:

  • Day 1: Arrive Las Vegas, check into your resort
  • Day 2: Visit the Mob Museum, Madame Tussaud’s or The Springs Preserve. Enjoy Dinner on the Eiffel Tower, and a performance of LOVE
  • Day 3: Depart Las Vegas for Zion National Park, hike, wander and enjoy the beautiful valley and towering canyon walls. Overnight in Springdale
  • Day 4: Travel from Zion to Bryce Canyon National Park, experience the famous hoodoos in this stunning natural amphitheater with vivid colors and shapes. Overnight at Ruby’s Inn
  • Day 5: Continue to Page, home of Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, visits you will never forget, and images that will fill your camera. Overnight in Page
  • Day 6: Travel from Page to Grand Canyon National Park to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Overnight in Tusayan.
  • Day 7: After exploring a little more of the Grand Canyon, travel back to Las Vegas, and catch a delicious meal or a late night show. Overnight in Las Vegas.
  • Day 8: Depart for home with memories that will last a lifetime.

What’s the First Step?

For many people, the first step is finding affordable airfare and flights that work.  Consider determining the amount of time that you are able to take–maybe one week, or ten days.  Then look for your flights.  It will be very easy to fill in the days and nights between the excitement of Las Vegas and unforgettable National Parks and regions surrounding. You can even purchase a Canyon Express Pass that allows transportation with unlimited stops, for up to 12 days throughout the National Park network. 

Then you will want to research a bit more about the different National Parks, and other destinations in the region.  You might want to stay some extra nights at the Grand Canyon or take some extra hiking days in Zion National Park.  You will also want to consider your pace, and plan for some extra leisure time, or plan a packed itinerary to get in as much as you can. 

Take some time to look up Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Peekaboo Canyon. You just might find you will not have enough time to see all the amazing sights there are waiting for you. 

Even though the lights and excitement of Las Vegas seem the opposite of the peaceful nature of the National Parks, the pairing can be a fun and affordable way to enjoy a perfect vacation. 

National Park Express offers a shuttle network to connect between Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon West, Boulder City and other surrounding areas. 

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