Family-Friendly Off-the-Strip Hotel in Desert Landscape
Desert Paradise Resort is set amid the rugged mountains north of the Las Vegas Strip. Because the hotel is only a short drive from Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street, guests are close enough to sample the glitter and excitement of Sin City but can withdraw to enjoy peace and quiet away from the clamor of the casinos. The family-friendly resort boasts a slew of fun and relaxing amenities, including multiple pools, and a kids’ game room.
The building’s architecture blends Southwestern and Mediterranean styles. Tiled roofs hark back to Spanish villas, and sand-colored adobe walls call to mind a native pueblo. One- and two-bedroom suites have all the comforts of home, including full kitchens as well as washers and dryers. There’s a kids’ pool and game room to keep youngsters entertained; the adults’ pool and hot tub stay open until midnight.
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.