Spacious, Family-Friendly Suites near Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip has no shortage of glitz, from the kaleidoscopic light show at the Bellagio fountains to the dozens of casinos, nightclubs, and sparkling neon signs everywhere you turn. Yet just a few blocks east of the Strip, the city’s casual, family-friendly side emerges. Here, the Alexis Park All Suite Resort cultivates a tranquil atmosphere with swimming pools and secluded courtyard gardens. At night, you won’t hear the jingle of slot machines or banter at the blackjack table, but there’s a stylish sports lounge. And if you should heed the siren call of Sin City, the action is just a few minutes away—you can even take a free shuttle.
Quiet walking paths lead to more than a dozen two-story guest-room buildings. The hotel’s suites are stylish and spacious—especially Crown Loft units, which have two stories and vaulted ceilings. Inside each unit, you’ll find a fridge, coffeemaker, wet bar, and a 32-inch flat-screen TV. There are two swimming pools encircled by lounge chairs, palm trees, and colorful flower beds. Bartenders pour cocktails Friday and Saturday at the Pegasus Bar & Grill, and the Alexis Gardens restaurant is open for breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on a poolside patio.
Beyond the Las Vegas Strip: Old Vegas, Red Rock Canyon, and the Hoover Dam
It can feel like the entire city of Las Vegas revolves around the Strip if you never venture beyond that neon-lit corridor. But there’s plenty to see and do once you step off Las Vegas Boulevard. You can find a taste of Old Vegas on Fremont Street, where vintage signs and showgirls crowned with headdresses recall the days of Sinatra and Martin. Beginning at dusk, a canopy of more than 12 million LED lights erupts in a psychedelic light-and-music show every hour. For an aerial view, zoom down the center of Fremont Street on a zipline.
Nature puts on its own show at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a landscape of fiery-red sandstone formations and limestone cliffs just 17 miles outside the city. Motor down the 13-mile scenic drive or ditch the car and strike out on any of more than 20 hiking trails that course through the region’s otherworldly topography.
Hoover Dam, a marvel of modern engineering, lies just 35 miles away, near the Nevada–Arizona border. Take the 30-minute power-plant tour or the 60-minute dam tour, which takes visitors inside the dam’s narrow passageways. You can actually kayak down the Colorado River from the base of the dam—just be sure to arrive early, as only 30 permits are issued per day.