Skip the Slots the Next Time You’re in Vegas. Dive Into One of These 11 Thrilling Outdoor Adventures

Kayakers in Lake Mead National Recreation Area
In the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, you can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and motorized watercraft or use the boat launch to put in your own boat.

Las Vegas is well-known for glitz, glam, and gambling, but it’s also an excellent basecamp for outdoor adventures. Public lands surround “Sin City” and offer plenty of opportunities to hike, climb, fish, paddle, and more. With your choice of non-stop flights from 28 different airlines and hotel rooms that average $137 per night—Las Vegas can prove an affordable basecamp if you play your cards right.

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‘Chez’ Chesak is an award-winning travel writer, tourism consultant and 25-year veteran of the outdoor and travel industries. He is Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and formerly was the Vice President for Business Development for the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Executive Director of the Family Travel Association. He has been serious about his writing since about age eight. He also runs the Central States Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers. He’s lived all over the U.S. and traveled to some 36 countries but has the most fun when he’s exploring with his wife and two daughters. An avid outdoors person, he’s happiest on a trail, on skis, or nestled into a sleeping bag. He deployed to Iraq with a U.S. Army line unit in 2005. His works have appeared in the Los Angeles Times,, Good Housekeeping, Rachel Ray Every Day, Fatherly, Yahoo Travel, Family Vacation Critic, and many others. He also does periodic travel segments for the morning show of his local FOX affiliate and on American Forces Radio.


  1. CC Reply

    OMG! How could you leave out Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA???? it’s one of the best botanical gardens in the world. You should check it out.
    The man that started it was member of the duPont family, the same family that lived in Hagley and Winterthur in Wilmington, DE.

  2. chezconnects Reply

    The problem with a ’10 best’ list is that it leaves out many great options, as it’s only focused on ten of course. And I’m not the final say as I submit various suggestions, along with the other ‘experts,’ to my editor who ultimately chooses the ten that she’d most like to highlight that year.

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