Resort at a Glance: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
The 4-star Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas takes the rock-and-roll lifestyle seriously: touring music acts play at a handful of onsite venues, including The Joint and Vinyl. The resort even has underwater speakers in an outdoor swimming pool—if you cannonball into the pool’s deep end, you can hear the guitar licks of an epic jam playing loud and clear. The venues are just part of the Hard Rock’s commitment to an indulgent atmosphere and posh ambiance.
- Exciting dining options: A Las Vegas outpost of the famed Nobu offers a fusion of Japanese, South American, and Western cuisines, and Pink Taco serves Mexican dishes.
- Explore rock and roll history as you interact with the memorabilia located around the property.
- Get pampered at Reliquary Spa & Salon, which provides hairstyling and massages; there’s also an opulent indoor pool for relaxing.
- Try your hand at blackjack without leaving the pool thanks to the swim-up table games.
- Recently voted #1 pool by USA TODAY.
- Guests receive a coupon page at check-in, with information and discounts on such items as $25 off any spa service of 50 minute or more at Reliquary Spa, or one complimentary well cocktail, beer, or wine at The Ainsworth (valid for one person only).
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.