Family-Friendly Off-the-Strip Hotel in Desert Landscape
Desert Paradise Resort is set amid the rugged mountains north of the Las Vegas Strip. Because the hotel is only a short drive from Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street, guests are close enough to sample the glitter and excitement of Sin City but can withdraw to enjoy peace and quiet away from the clamor of the casinos. The family-friendly resort boasts a slew of fun and relaxing amenities, including a spa, multiple pools, and a kids' game room. And it’s not far from Eastside Cannery Casino and golf courses.
The building's architecture blends Southwestern and Mediterranean styles. Tiled roofs hark back to Spanish villas, and sand-colored adobe walls call to mind a native pueblo. One- and two-bedroom suites have all the comforts of home, including full kitchens, washers and dryers, and uncles opining on the presidential election. There’s a kids' pool and game room to keep youngsters entertained; the adults' pool and hot tub stay open until midnight.
Las Vegas: The Strip Past and Present
Mentioning Las Vegas usually conjures up images of spinning roulette wheels and stone-faced poker players. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll want to make a beeline for the casinos lining the neon-lit Strip. But for lower-stakes gambling in a throwback Vegas atmosphere, head downtown to Fremont Street. Vintage signs and showgirls crowned with headdresses recall the days of Sinatra and Martin, but this Glitter Gulch burns much brighter today than it did in the Rat Pack era: beginning at dusk, a canopy of more than 12 million LED lights erupts in a psychedelic light and music show every hour.
Educational attractions have never been Sin City's strong suit, but the Mob Museum boasts a winning formula: bank robberies, prostitution, and money laundering. Exhibits profile legendary Mafiosi from Capone to Gotti, and mob artifacts include the bloodstained, bullet-pocked brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within the former federal courthouse, you can fire a Tommy gun simulator, participate in a police lineup, or enter witness protection for the rest of your life.