AAA Four Diamond Casino Resort with IMAX Theater and Spa
At the AAA Four Diamond Aliante Casino + Hotel, it’s possible to court Lady Luck at the 24-hour casino, watch an IMAX movie, and catch a live concert—all in the same night. The multimillion-dollar casino hotel would fit right in on the Las Vegas Strip, but instead it’s tucked away in a tranquil neighborhood of North Las Vegas. As a result, Fodor’s writes, the hotel “is as much a place for locals as for visitors looking to escape from the hubbub of the Strip.” Recreational parks and picturesque trails provide refreshing doses of peace and quiet near a city where peace and quiet are otherwise in short supply. And the resort is only about a half-hour drive from Sin City’s raucous casinos and nightclubs.
The hotel’s exterior is sleek and modern, with reflective glass panes that sparkle in the Nevada sunshine. Up in the guest rooms, a contemporary design scheme incorporates mocha accents and floor-to-ceiling windows. There are flat-screen TVs for in-room entertainment.
In the casino, you can take your chances at thousands of slot machines or in the bingo room or race and sports book. To refuel, visit one of the many onsite dining venues. MRKT Sea & Land complements premium steaks, lobsters, and weekend entertainment with selections from its wine room. Rest at re:lax, the full-service spa providing body treatments, facials, and nail services.
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.