Great Drives: 2010 Mercedes Benz E550 Coupe

The over-the-top Vegas hotels, casinos, and shopping are well documented, but here are a few things that car enthusiasts can do when they've had enough of walking around on foot.

  • The Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace. Like everything on the Vegas Strip, this is no eleemosynary exhibit set up for greater social good - it doubles as a high-end automotive flea market. But it's still an enormous, 125,000-square-foot showcase of some of the most incredible cars of all time. autocollections.com
  • Hoover Dam. Only about thirty miles from Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam is one of the most visually impressive engineering achievements in the world. It's located in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, too, which means that wet relief from the dry desert heat is just a bathing suit away.
  • Valley of Fire State Park. Fifty-five miles from Las Vegas is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, loaded with red sandstone formations whose scale and natural beauty eclipses anything you'll see on the Strip.
  • Scotty's Castle. Just like most things in Las Vegas, this castle, located at the north end of Death Valley National Park, is shrouded by a little deception and a whole lot of money. It's about 170 miles from Vegas, an easy day trip in a car with powerful air-conditioning.
  • Grand Canyon. Depending on the speed of your chariot and how much you trust your radar detector, the 280-mile trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon might be dispensed with in just a few hours. With so much to see, make sure to book at least a night there. It's a peaceful break from the bright lights of the Strip.

The Specs: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 coupe

On sale: Now
price: $55,525
Engine: 5.5L V-8, 382 hp, 391 lb-ft
Drive: Rear-wheel

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