Modern Hotel Tower with Sprawling Casino, Restaurants, and Live Entertainment
Located less than a mile off the Las Vegas Strip, Palace Station Hotel & Casino supplies plenty of Sin City glitz. More than 1,600 slot and video-poker machines greet visitors in the 100,000-square-foot casino, where Texas hold’em tournaments take place 24 hours a day. The hotel is no slouch when it comes to live entertainment, either, with live concerts every Friday and Saturday night.
A glass elevator brings you to a tower guest room looking out on either the surrounding valley or the Vegas Strip. Furnishings are sleek and modern. Simply decorated courtyard rooms—the smallest of the bunch—are housed within a two-story building adjacent to the main tower. After settling in, you can grab a drink at one of the onsite lounges.
Dining options range from casual Mexican food at Cabo and authentic Chinese cuisine at Food Express to filet mignon and alaskan king crab legs at The Charcoal Room. At The Oyster Bar, chefs prepare seafood dishes right in front of diners, cooking entrees such as steamed new zealand mussels and lobster gumbo.
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.