Lodging Outside of Las Vegas

by Johnny Kampis, Demand Media
    The Strip is easily visible as you fly into Las Vegas.

    The Strip is easily visible as you fly into Las Vegas.

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    If you want to enjoy the bright lights, busy streets and 24-hour action of Las Vegas but prefer to stay in a quieter location, you have several options. A number of top-notch resorts offer a respite from the busyness of Sin City with the kinds of accommodations you would expect to find on the Strip.

    Red Rock Resort

    Part of the Station family of casinos in the area, Red Rock Resort offers the most luxurious accommodations and amenities of that group. Located at the turn-off to Red Rock Canyon in Summerlin, the resort is about 15 minutes from the Strip. The property contains a bowling alley, 16-screen movie theater and a large pool area. The poker room is one of the best in the area. The resort contains a wide selection of restaurants, many of which feature outdoor seating.

    South Point

    Located on Las Vegas Boulevard a few miles south of the area known as the Strip, South Point provides a break from the dizzying Vegas scene at the edge of town. The casino contains the normal assortment of games, plus some extra like bingo that aren't found at many Las Vegas resorts. The large showroom at South Point often hosts some of the biggest touring acts in music and comedy. The 64-lane bowling alley, one of the largest in the area, stays open 24 hours.

    Green Valley Ranch Resort

    View the Strip safely from miles away as you lounge by the pool at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in the Henderson area. This pool, which includes a lagoon area and "Whiskey Beach," where you can drink as you dip your toes in the sand, comes highly recommended by travel guide Frommer's. While the casino will not thrill compared to others in the city, the resort includes an adjoining shopping area called the District featuring plenty of restaurants and catalog favorites.

    Considerations

    Plan to rent a car if you stay at one of these resorts and want to tour the city. Your only other viable transportation option is to take a taxi to and from Las Vegas, but this method will prove cost prohibitive for most tourists. Remember that if you stay at an isolated property, you will have fewer dining and gambling options nearby compared to bedding down on the Strip or downtown.

    References

    • "Fodor's Las Vegas 2010"; Andrew Collins et al; 2009
    • "Frommer's Las Vegas 2009"; Mary Herczog; 2009

    About the Author

    A veteran of the newspaper industry, Johnny Kampis has worked as a freelance writer since 2005. His articles have appeared in various publications including "The New York Times," "Atlanta-Journal Constitution" and the "San Francisco Chronicle." He currently serves as an editor of poker-based "Rounder" magazine and writer for the Alabama football publication "Crimson" magazine.

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