Beginning of September, I went on an amazing road trip adventure to the American Southwest and have been sharing some traveling hacks in the past few weeks. To conclude this series, here are two mini day trip destinations you can check out when in Las Vegas – if you’re not too hungover to drive that is.
First and foremost, this post was originally supposed to go up last week but 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, which 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. I don’t wanna turn this into 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
Starting off with the closer one of the two, 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) and 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. I’m the sort of person who appreciates beauty in its most natural state so 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 so go see it while it’s still there!
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.
Scenic drive en route Kelso Dunes.
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.
For the whole time we were in the Southwest, we’d worn runners because we knew we’d be walking and hiking lots. Long and behold the time when we really needed to be wearing sneakers, we wore sandals because we wanted to look pretty in our Instagram shots. (Lame.) And 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 trip ideas you could take on your next Las Vegas adventure. For more detailed guide on where else to check out while you’re in the area, be sure to hit up my previous posts on Horseshoe Bend + Antelope Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park. Tune in again next week for my Los Angeles guide. See you then 😉