Hotel at a Glance: The Resort on Mount Charleston
The Resort on Mount Charleston is only about 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, but it seems a world away. The atmosphere is rustic and relaxed, the views are of mountains instead of neon, and the temps are usually about 20 degrees cooler. It makes a great, year-round getaway for those looking for a little nature that’s not too far from the non-stop action Vegas is famous for.
- Distance from Las Vegas: about 35 miles
- Warm-weather activities: hiking, mountain biking, and admiring the scenery of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
- In-room amenities: pillow-top mattresses, flat-panel TVs with HBO and DVD players; some units have balconies
- Onsite dining: Head to A Cut Above restaurant for steaks, cocktails, and more; breakfast and lunch are also served here.
- Pet-friendly rooms are available for those traveling with four-legged friends.
Beyond the Strip: Old Vegas, Red Rock Canyon, and 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.