Summer is a perfect time to jump in the car and set out somewhere new. If you’re ready to explore, we have 5 of the best road trips from your Las Vegas home to take in the summer. Whether you’re seeking to escape the heat, relax on the beach, or marvel a natural wonder; we have you covered.
Carlsbad, California– 4.75 hours (map)
Weather: summer temperatures offer highs in the mid-70s, lows in the mid-60s
Carlsbad, CA is a city 40 minutes north of San Diego and the place to go if you want a laid-back vacation. Spend your days walking through a quaint downtown, grabbing a beer at one of their breweries, and catching some sun. Carlsbad is also the home of some top-notch golfing, including a course designed by Arnold Palmer.
Where to stay: there aren’t many hotels in the downtown or along the coast in Carlsbad. But, there are plenty of homes to rent. Go for this home with twinkling lights on the patio, a modern design, an outdoor shower, firepit, and pets are allowed, so bring Fido. This home feels like you’re staying at a friend’s beach house, with a large sectional for family gatherings, a fire pit, and sleeps six. Or, go all out with this idyllic-as-it-gets home, featuring a third-story, ocean-view deck perfect for watching sunsets, an outdoor grill, high-end touches, and sleeps four.
Palm Springs, California– 4.25 hours (map)
Weather: summer temperatures offer highs in the 100s, lows in the high-70s
During Hollywood’s heyday, stars would flock to this hideaway desert town. Elvis honeymooned with his new bride Priscilla here in 1967 and it’s said that Marilyn Monroe was discovered in this city. Entering this city feels a bit as if you’ve gone through a time warp. Walk through the plethora of vintage and antique shops, tour Elvis’s Honeymoon Hideaway, and visit the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Where to stay: In our opinion, you can’t go wrong with an accommodation oozing a colorful, yet laid-back 60s vibe — the epitome of Palm Springs. There are many resorts to choose from, if you want help getting started, try this high-end boutique resort or this less expensive option. There are also some great Airbnbs to choose from, like this one and this one.
Jerome, AZ – 4.25 hours (map)
Weather: summer temperatures offer highs in the 80s, lows in the high-60s
A mining town turned ghost town turned artist haven, Jerome has uniqueness to spare. And did we mention it’s the home of a handful of wineries? Spend the day touring the local wineries and walking downtown. Book a ghost tour at sunset, or if visiting during the first Saturday of the month attend the town’s art walk. Visit the city’s website for a listing of local galleries, restaurants, and shops, upcoming events, and ghost, chocolate, and wine tours.
Where to stay: Local hotels are the only options in town. Stay at this hotel, this inn, or this Airbnb with amazing views.
Flagstaff, AZ – 4 hours (map)
Weather: summer temperatures offer highs in the 80s, lows in the 50s
Flagstaff is a small mountain town that sits at an elevation close to 7,000 feet. Start the day with coffee from one of the town’s many coffee shops and a hike — we recommend this one. Continue the day by strolling through downtown and enjoying local beers at this brewery.
When the temperatures go down along with the sun, get a whiskey chai to warm up and grab some free popcorn and a view at the cocktail lounge at the historic Monte Vista hotel.
Where to stay: Flagstaff has plenty of accommodations to choose from. Our advice is to pick something within walking distance to the downtown. Like this two-bedroom apartment above a brewing company or this industrial loft. If you prefer a hotel, pick this one or this one.
Lake Powell– 4.5 hours (map)
Weather: summer temperatures offer highs in the upper-90s, lows in the mid-60s
Enjoy a quintessential southwest summer racing through red rock vistas on a jet ski. While you’re up there, take a guided tour of Antelope Canyon and take the small hike to Horseshoe Bend.
Where to stay: Book room at this hotel or this hotel. You can also book an Airbnb.
The summer is the perfect time to head out and enjoy one of the best road trips from your Las Vegas home. The best part about the trip? Coming back home. If you’re shopping for a new home in the Las Vegas area, consider our Inspirada community!