Distance from Phoenix: 296 miles north; 4.5-hour drive
Why it made our list: Um, duh. Some people never have the chance to experience Vegas in all of its glory. That’s no excuse for Phoenicians. It’s such a short drive time up there’s no reason not to go. Still need convincing? Let’s list them: Omnia, Palms Pool & Dayclub, TAO, XS, and Hakkasan. Not to mention the dozens of acclaimed bars, sushi joints, buffets, and restos along the strip. And Vegas has some pretty epic hangover breakfast spots for a quick and speedy recovery, so that you can get back out and do it all over again.
Pro tip: Sin City can get expensive, and you will not win back your walking around money at the tables. Bottle service, strip clubs, pool party cover, etc. If you’re not a high roller, or hey, even if you are, check out some of the free things to do in Vegas. Also, ask for comps!