Hotel at a Glance: Fiesta Rancho Casino & Hotel
At Fiesta Rancho Casino & Hotel, you can follow up an afternoon of sunbathing with ice-skating in an indoor rink (skate rental is included with one option of this deal)—and you’ll be less than 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. This hacienda-style hotel’s myriad distractions—a casino, international buffet dining, and 24-hour bars, to name a few—helped earn it nods from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
- Luck, be a lady: The onsite casino features more than 1,000 slot machines, 14 table games, and a race-and-sports book.
- Chow down: Chefs prepare traditional Mongolian dishes at one of Festival Buffet’s cooking stations, and servers blend guacamole table side at the award-winning Garduño’s of Mexico.
- Drink up: Several onsite bars and lounges serve up exotic cocktails and tequila. Some stay open 24 hours a day.
- Take a dip in the outdoor pool, or soak up sunshine on a lounge chair.
Las Vegas: The Strip Past and Present
Mentioning Las Vegas usually conjures up images of spinning roulette wheels and stone-faced poker players. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll want to make a beeline for the casinos lining the neon-lit Strip. But for lower-stakes gambling in a throwback Vegas atmosphere, head downtown to Fremont Street. Vintage signs and showgirls crowned with headdresses recall the days of Sinatra and Martin, but this Glitter Gulch burns much brighter today than it did in the Rat Pack era: beginning at dusk, a canopy of more than 12 million LED lights erupts in a psychedelic light and music show every hour.
Educational attractions have never been Sin City’s strong suit, but the Mob Museum boasts a winning formula: bank robberies, prostitution, and money laundering. Exhibits profile legendary Mafiosi from Capone to Gotti, and mob artifacts include the bloodstained, bullet-pocked brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within the former federal courthouse, you can fire a Tommy gun simulator, participate in a police lineup, or enter witness protection for the rest of your life.