Las Vegas—my last tour to the world’s best entertainment city. It was one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had in my life. The fantastic resorts, casinos, and mesmerizing evenings were just amazing. Last October, I visited many exciting places in the United States with my better half. I am so excited to share how we enjoyed the tour. In the last post, I have shared my experience in Maryland, New York. That was also a charming experience. But in this post, I am going to tell you about my trip from Las Vegas to Zion National Park.
I enjoy reading, traveling, and meeting new people. As I visit new places, I feel vibrant and happy. I face a lot of challenges while traveling, but I’m always ready to go out. When you travel to new places you come across new food habits, new culture, strange people around you. In reality, it is difficult to explore new things, people, and places but you can plan it to make the journey a beautiful experience. Earlier I visited the capital city of California—Sacramento. Now let me take you on a tour from Las Vegas to Zion National Park.
Welcome to Las Vegas
Las Vegas is one of the most populated and expensive cities in the world. You will find many luxurious hotels, resorts, and casinos in the city. As I first walked into the city, I was super happy because it was a long-awaited dream. I and my girlfriend arrived at the McCarren International Airport in the afternoon and we went to our resort in Las Vegas by taxi. The next day we have planned to travel from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. We spent the night in Las Vegas.
I will share the things that you should keep in your mind if you ever plan to visit Las Vegas.
- Plan your trip between March to May or between August to November.
- Explore some hotels and resorts online and book your stay before you reach there.
- As you check-in to your room, take a stroll and get to know the nearby hotels, casinos, restaurants.
- As it is a populated place try to avoid having dinner at pick hours that is from 6 pm – 8 pm. You can take your dinner after 8 pm to stay away from the rush.
- As it is a hot place, carry a light jacket with you if you are planning to travel in the day.
- Remember, don’t purchase drinks in casinos.
- Take your photos everywhere, you will find a number of amazing places, always keep your camera ready.
Staying in Las Vegas was really wonderful. But the real adventure was the trip from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. Here I will be sharing everything that you need to know about the trip.
How to Travel from Las Vegas to Zion National Park
Many visitors travel straight from the McCarren airport to Zion National Park. Because this airport is the shortest route from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. If you want to travel by road then you can either travel by the shuttle bus or rent a car.
In my opinion, renting a car is better than traveling by shuttle bus. This gives you freedom so you can try other areas on your own. However, traveling by bus is also a good option, but it’s totally your preference. It’ll take you 2-3 hours, but if you have extra time, you’ll be able to discover several other locations along the way. We rented a car for our trip and explored some interesting places on the way to Zion National Park.
Places to Visit on the Way to Las Vegas to Zion National Park
When you travel from Las Vegas to Zion National Park, you will find many interesting places. Here, I am going to share a few of the places I visited on my trip.
Lake Mead— On the Way from Las Vegas to Zion National Park
It will take around half an hour to reach Lake Mead from Las Vegas. You will find two sparkling blue filled lakes here with a couple of mountains and valleys. You can perform a lot of recreational activities such as swimming, cycling, hiking, fishing, camping, etc.
Mesquite Nevada— Camping at Night
This city is located in the valley of the Virgin River. There are several resorts, casinos, and hotels available to stay in the night if you want to relax after your tiresome trip. This place is famous for its world-class golf courses.
St. Geroge, Utah— Museum, Park, and Other Things
St. George is a great place to spend some time. We stayed there for a long time, there are a lot of places to explore. There are two parks called Town Square Park and Sand Hollow State Park and a wide garden with 5000 plants. If you’re out with your children, you can take them to the St. George Children’s Museum to display them the attractive instruments and models.
Hurricane Utah— A Small Town for Adventures
Hurricane Utah is a small town on the way from Las Vegas to Zion National Park, about half an hour away from Zion. Despite a small place, you can perform many activities like swimming, skiing, paddle boarding, etc. One of the most adventurous things to do in Hurricane Utah is to take an Aerial view of different places with the Zion helicopters.
Springdale, Utah— The Entry Town to Zion National Park
You’re just a few minutes away from Zion National Park. Here you can find information about the various activities, facilities, and details about the park. There are several hotels, restaurants, and gift shops where you can book your stay and shop.
Zion National Park— The destination
After a long day’s ride from Las Vegas to Zion National Park, we arrived there in the evening and stayed in a hotel near Springdale, Utah. On the next day, we took our breakfast and headed towards the Park. here are the things to know about Zion National Park
Things to Know About Zion National Park
Whenever you plan to travel to a new city, the first thing you’re going to do is learn something about the place beforehand, right? So, I’m going to share the stuff you need to know before you plan your trip to Zion National Park.
Lots of visitors during peak seasons: In recent years, the park has become very popular, and more tourists mostly visit the park from May to September. It’s not the largest park in the United States, but it has a lot of attractions. And, if you don’t like crowds, then you can plan in the off-seasons.
Parking in peak seasons is an issue: As I have mentioned that this is very crowded in the peak seasons. So, it can be an issue to park your vehicle if you reach after 9 am. However, you can park your car in Springdale, and catch a shuttle bus from there to enter the park
Very limited food options: There is only one restaurant inside the park—Zion National Park Lodge. So if you want to stay inside for a long time, enter the park with snacks and water bottles. You will find snack stores, food courts in Springdale, but it is a mile away from the park. That’s why it’s better to buy some food before you enter the park.
Safety Precautions: As the park is located in a highland desert, you need to get ready with all the necessary things in your pack. Bring sunscreens, bottles of water, and plenty of food to remain healthy and energized.
Things to do in Zion National Park:
Do you just like adventure? You will find a lot of adventurous activities in Zion National Park. In addition, there are a number of places to visit in the park. Let’s see what the things you are going to do on your next trip
Take a scenic drive along the Zion Canyon: Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is one of the best experiences you can have inside the park. It’s a long road running through the park, you will enjoy the beautiful sights of the park. You can take a ride on the shuttle bus or you can drive on your own bike.
Try the adventurous day hiking: Within the park, you’ll find two key hiking spots. One of them is Angels Landing, where you can climb to a height to see the horizon of the Zion Canyon. This is not a place for those who have a fear of heights. Another is The Narrows, which follows a river into a slot canyon. You’re likely to love hiking if you’re adventurous.
Enjoy the Riverside Walk: Riverside Walk is one of the best views in the park, you will enjoy the hanging garden, waterfalls from the cliff walls particularly in the spring.
Exhibit the Human History Museum: Don’t miss the Human History Museum, you will gain a lot of information about the cultural history of Zion. The Museum shows you the creation of the Zion National Park and the American Indian culture.
I would say the trip was a great experience for me. If you’re going to visit Las Vegas to Zion National Park, then don’t skip the places I’ve described. I would recommend that you prepare for a trip of at least two or three days.