Hotel at a Glance: Oasis at Gold Spike
The Oasis at Gold Spike harks back to Las Vegas’s 1950s heyday with midcentury-modern architecture, geometric art, and vintage ambiance. You can listen to oldies from the vinyl collection in the lounge before taking a dip in the outdoor pool, which is surrounded by mod chairs and day beds. Order a tropical drink from neighboring restaurant Gold Spike.
- Borrow a bike: The front desk offers cruisers equipped with coolers and cup holders.
- “Crash pads” come with queen beds and in-room WiFi; premier rooms have those amenities as well as 42-inch flat-screen TVs.
- Grab a bite at Gold Spike, a 24-hour restaurant adjacent to the hotel that features backyard games including shuffleboard, ping-pong, and Jenga.
- Carnival Bar at Gold Spike allows you to test your chops at classic carnival games while you sip cocktails.
- Included perk: daily breakfast for two
- Squeeze in a workout: The onsite fitness center features cardio machines and yoga mats.
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.