Casino Hotel 15 Minutes from Las Vegas Strip
The lights on the Las Vegas Strip are so bright that you can see them from outer space. Here on earth, they’re beacons for fun seekers from far and wide looking to gamble and party into the wee hours. The atmosphere at the Sunset Station resort, which was awarded three diamonds by AAA, is a little quieter, but it has plenty of features to keep you occupied, including a full-service casino, a 5,000-seat amphitheater, and several gourmet restaurants.
Stained-glass windows and traditional Spanish decor adorn the casino, where you’ll find a 24-hour poker room, a race-and-sports book, and more than 2,000 slot machines. Guests can take a break from courting Lady Luck to catch a concert at the Sunset Amphitheater or visit the onsite movie theater or bowling alley. After a day of fun, you can refuel at any of more than a dozen onsite restaurants—grab a quick meal at the 24-hour Grand Cafe, enjoy gourmet Italian cuisine at the elegant Pasta Cucina, sample Mexican cuisine at Cabo, or check out Feast Buffet, The Oyster Bar, or the Sonoma Cellar steakhouse.
Henderson, Nevada: Scenic Trails and Ancient Petroglyphs near Las Vegas Strip and Hoover Dam
Just east of Las Vegas's flashy Strip you'll find Henderson, Nevada's second-largest city. Henderson has a more subdued atmosphere than its glitzy neighbor, but the town has its own share of casinos, golf courses, and resorts, too.
The city is situated near Lake Las Vegas and Lake Mead and more than 50 miles of scenic trails for hiking and biking. At Lake Las Vegas, you can go fly-fishing for poker chips or take a romantic gondola ride. Ethel M Chocolates' Botanical Cactus Garden is filled with hundreds of species of succulents, from prickly pears to old creosote bushes.
An approximately half-hour drive will bring you to the iconic Hoover Dam, which has stood for more than 80 years. The Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area is also worth a visit. Here you can find rocks bearing ancient Native American petroglyphs.