The Strip and its many enticements will be the favourite vacation spot for guests to Las Vegas, however the overwhelming majority of them seemingly don’t know what they’re lacking, as a result of simply 25 miles to the east awaits a implausible day of driving.
Formally designated as Nevada Freeway 167, the Northshore Highway by the Lake Meade National Recreation Area not solely gives some spectacular vistas and varied tangents from its winding and hilly roadway, however it leads north to the Valley of Hearth State Park, the place the street and the surroundings turn out to be much more intense.
Within the days earlier than automobile commercials might be created completely with laptop graphics… Sorry, maybe I ought to have mentioned “spoiler alert,” as a result of most of the automobile commercials you see on tv are created by laptop graphics software program, and in lots of instances the vehicles should not actual vehicles however computer-generated photographs.
Anyway, again within the days earlier than such expertise was out there, automakers, and particularly these identified for his or her sports activities vehicles, would come from all over the world to the Valley of Hearth to movie their commercials. Sure, the roadway and the surroundings are that intense!
There’s a charge to enter the Lake Mead National Recreation Area ($25 per automobile, however good for 7 days) and one other to enter the Valley of Hearth State Park ($10 per automobile). In each instances, it’s cash effectively spent.
The Northshore Highway winds by varied rock formations and there are a number of spurs — some paved, some gravel — that lead all the way down to the lakeshore. (There’s additionally a Lakeshore Highway that goes south to Boulder Metropolis, the quaint neighborhood created to accommodate the employees who constructed Hoover Dam.)
Alongside Northshore there are parking areas for varied climbing trails, together with a private favourite, the Redstone Dune, which has lined picnic tables and restrooms.
Close to the north finish of the Northshore Highway you may flip left (or proceed straight forward towards I-15) to enter the Valley of Fire, named due to its purple sandstone formations, the results of centuries of abrasion of what seemingly had been petrified sand dunes, in addition to these comprising limestone, shale and conglomerate, and all of it wound by by a street that climbs and dips and twists and turns.
It’s the type of street on which you’d like to train a sports activities automobile, however to do this you’d should be an automaker who rents your complete park for a type of old style business shoots. However don’t fear, the surroundings greater than makes up for the dearth of velocity.
And once more, there are parking areas and climbing trails. There are also petrified logs, petroglyphs, an arch, and the famed Hearth Wave. I’ve additionally seen desert bighorn sheep on my most up-to-date visits.
Head west out of the park and it’s a quick however once more scenic drive to I-15, after which a brief dash again to The Strip.