Vegas-Style Hotel with Amphitheater and Casino 15 Minutes from Strip
The lights are so bright on Las Vegas's famous strip that you can easily spot the colorful city from outer space. It's indicative of Sin City's commitment to extravagance, and the lights are a beacon for revelers from all over the world looking to gamble and party into the wee hours. Sunset Station is located a short drive from the Vegas Strip in Henderson; the resort has its own full-service casino, a 5,000-seat amphitheater, and gourmet restaurants while retaining a relatively quiet atmosphere.
Stained-glass windows and old Spanish decor covers the hotel's casino, which features a 24-hour poker room, a race and sports book, and more than 2,000 slot machines. If you want to take a break from courting Lady Luck, you can catch a concert at the Sunset Amphitheater, whose summer concert series includes Tears for Fears and Gary Allan. Sunset Station also has its own movie theater and bowling alley.
After a day of fun, you can refuel at any of more than a dozen onsite restaurants—grab a quick meal at the 24-hour Grand Café, or enjoy gourmet Italian cuisine at the elegant Pasta Cucina.
Henderson, Nevada: Scenic Trails and Ancient Petroglyphs near Las Vegas Strip and Hoover Dam
Just east of Las Vegas's flashy Strip you'll find Henderson, Nevada's second-largest city. Henderson has a more subdued atmosphere than its glitzier neighbor, but the town has its own variety of casinos, golf courses, and resorts, too.
Henderson skirts the Las Vegas Valley, situated near Lake Las Vegas and Lake Mead and more than 50 miles of scenic trails for hiking and biking. At Lake Las Vegas, you can go fly-fishing for poker chips or take a romantic gondola ride. Meanwhile, Ethel M Chocolates' Botanical Cactus Garden is filled with hundreds of species of succulents and cacti, from prickly pears to old creosote bushes.
You can drive about a half hour to the iconic Hoover Dam, which has stood for more than 80 years. Alternately, it's worth it to drive out to the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, too. Here, you can find rocks that display ancient Native American petroglyphs.
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