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A Nevada Roadtrip: Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

When vacationing in Las Vegas, many people make the short trek over to Hoover Dam, one of the national wonders of the world. Instead of taking the popular route and the one that Google Maps recommends, get off the main highway to see another wonder, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Whether heading east on Interstate 515 or 215 as you head out-of-town, get off on Lake Mead Parkway (Nevada State Route 147) in Henderson. It will soon turn into Lakeshore Road as you come up to the park entrance.

Note: You will have to pay a fee of $10 to enter if you don’t have a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Upon entering you will have 10+ miles out on the Nevada open road amongst the desert basin. Lakeshore Road runs through the southern end of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the first such place to get the national recreation area distinction back in 1964.

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Every mile or so will present a scenic overlook opportunity. Each will showcase panoramic views and the colors of the desert from various bluffs, overlooks and plateaus. Lots of rugged mountains off in the distance will be serving as a backdrop. The 33 Hole Scenic Overlook is a favorite.

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

You will find walking paths, bathrooms, picnic tables and grilling options at each stop. Grilling restrictions will be in place most likely in the summer months due to the over one-hundred degree temperatures.

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

As you are plotting along Las Vegas Bay, the Colorado River and Lake Mead will start to come into view. Looking out towards the water and beyond will present views from the state of Arizona. The approximate one-and-a-half-million acres of the park sits amongst the two states.

I’ll let the pictures that my wife and I took tell some of the story. ­čÖé

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Right before exiting the park, make sure to stop at the Alan Bible Visitor Center, maybe to get some tips for the drive back. Lakeshore Road and the park exit will put you on U.S. Route 93 just a few miles from Hoover Dam.

Heading east of Las Vegas, visiting the Lake Mead National Recreation Area is worth the Nevada road trip all by itself. If you are ever planning to visit Hoover Dam whether from Las Vegas or not, take this short side trip to get a taste of what this park has to offer.

Nevada, desert, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Besides views the park offers beach and water fun, fishing, swimming, hiking and camping opportunities. For more information checkout the parks section on the National Park Service website.

What National Recreation Area(s) in the United States have you visited that you would recommend?

Photo of the Week: A Coca-Cola Flavored Atlanta Skyline.

The Downtown Atlanta skyline serves as the perfect backdrop to the World of Coca-Cola museum within Pemberton Place. Lots of people are hanging out within the park and waiting to see some Coca-Cola history on this summer day. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the ATL.

The World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, ATL, skyline, Pemberton Place

Photo of the Week: A Romantic Park Bench Chi-town Style!

During a walk from Oak Street Beach and the lake shore to Grant Park in Chicago recently I came across Lake Shore Park on E. Chicago Avenue. I gravitated to the park bench in front of me to soak in a little of Chi-town. The park, a baseball diamond and a staple of the skyline, John Hancock Center, all straight ahead!

Lake Shore Park, Chicago, John Hancock Center

Photo(s) of the Week: Amongst the Flowers in Detroit.

While walking along the Detroit RiverWalk in Michigan there sits the iconic GM Renaissance Center (RenCen) amongst the flowers. A beautiful summer morning in Detroit.

Detroit RiverWalk, GM RenCen, Michigan

Detroit RiverWalk, GM RenCen, Michigan

Detroit RiverWalk, GM RenCen, Michigan

Photo of the Week: Grant Park in Atlanta.

Photo taken recently during a walk in Atlanta’s Grant Park, the oldest park in the city. The historic park is within the neighborhood of the same name and is home to Zoo Atlanta. I liked the variety of color, the quietness and the calm water straight ahead.

Grant Park, Atlanta, Georgia