First and foremost, this post was originally supposed to go up last week. Knowing me, I got consumed by Netflix. Since then, the news about the Vegas shooting broke out and I can’t begin to imagine how that could’ve easily been me there…
With so much that’s been going on in the rest of the world (Hurricane Irma, etc. etc.), I feel like my social media and my blog are part of a safe haven that I can turn to to forget what’s happening around me. And this is exactly why I tend to not talk about these sorts of serious topics on here. I understand that traveling is very much a privilege especially when there are those dealing with difficulties who can’t necessarily afford such luxuries. Not really sure where I’m going with this. Guess sometimes the guilt just eats me up inside. This isn’t gonna be some kinda self-reflection post but I felt like I needed to get this off my chest. Thoughts and prayers to all those affected in recent catastrophes.
And on with the juicy bits!
Seven Magic Mountains
When looking for fun things to do in Las Vegas, there’s no doubt that this magical art piece will appear in your search results.
Seven Magic Mountains is a a creative expression of human presence in the desert. It reflects both concepts of nature versus artificiality as represented by the distant mountain ranges and heavy traffic flow between LA and Las Vegas. Made popular by Instagram, this is definitely the “it” thing to see. Although I bet you can’t tell it cost $3.5 million to install!!!
It’s an easy 30-minute drive from the strip and makes for a super cute photo shoot opportunity.
We unfortunately came on a cloudy day (technically night as we arrived around 5pm). It was actually drizzling for a bit too. That said, there weren’t as many people.
Is this really worth seeing though? I personally thought it was ugly to be honest. Then again I’m the sort of person who appreciates beauty in its most natural state. Hence I thought the desert alone was perfect as is. But you know what they say… Art, whether you love it or hate it, the purpose is to elicit a response. I’m probably contradicting myself here, but like I said, it definitely is a great spot for pictures. Be sure to add it to your list of things to do in Las Vegas and try see it while it’s still there!
To learn more about Rondinone’s work, take a look at the Seven Magic Mountain website.
I don’t remember how exactly I came across this beautiful desert on Instagram, but I did. And the moment I did, I immediately put it on my book of “things to see in Las Vegas”.
Scenic drive en route Kelso Dunes.
Located in the Mojave Desert, Kelso Dunes is southwest of Seven Magic Mountains and just a short hour and 45 minute-drive from the Vegas strip.
This was probably a fail for us though since we technically didn’t even make it that far out. We walked for 20 minutes towards the peak and turned around because the sand was burning hot and practically scorching our feet.
We knew we’d be walking and hiking lots. Which is why we’d worn runners for the whole time we were in the Southwest. Long and behold the time when we really needed to be wearing sneakers, we wore sandals. And only because we wanted to look pretty in our Instagram shots. (Lame.) Okay well in my defense, sandals and sand kinda go hand in hand. When was the last time you saw someone wear a pair of Nikes on the beach?
If you’re thinking of hitting up Kelso Dunes, just know that it’ll be a good hike to get to the peak and closed shoes are definitely encouraged. Oh and remember to bring water too!
And there you have it! Two fun day trips from Las Vegas you could take on your next Las Vegas adventure. For more on what else to see while you’re in the area, hit up my previous posts on Horseshoe Bend + Antelope Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park. Oh! Can’t forget about Grand Canyon of course. It was a major regret of mine not doing a helicopter tour over the stunning rock formations, but Rhiannon from Rhiannon Travels has shared her amazing experience (plus some awesome driving tips) in her “Visiting the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas” guide so be sure to give that a read!
Tune in again next week for my Los Angeles guide. See you then 😉