Suburban Las Vegas Travel Guide

Suburban Las Vegas Summary

Pros

  • Far from the crowds on the Strip
  • Natural beauty of Nevada's red rocks
  • Two beautiful, man-made lakes: Lake Las Vegas and Lake Mead
  • Red Rock Canyon: unsurpassed hiking, biking, and climbing
  • Winter skiing at Mount Charleston
  • Extraterrestrial-spotting at Area 51 (as if Vegas didn't feel like outer space already)
  • Over a dozen championship golf courses, including Angel Park and Bear's Best
  • Plenty of casinos and the best bingo in town
  • Often more affordable dining options than on the Strip
  • Family-friendly: waitresses wear more clothing, streets free of porn-hawking, plenty of outdoor space
  • Dry, warm-to-hot weather most of the year (but winters can get chilly)

Cons

  • No all-night party scene, as found on the Strip
  • A 30- to 40-minute taxi ride (about $60) to the Strip from some hotels
  • No public transportation, just metered taxis
  • Some hotels located along major highways -- less pretty scenery
  • Most resort casinos draw a local crowd, not lively tourists
  • Fewer prestigious dining options in general than on the Strip
  • Blistering summers; average highs in the 100s (Fahrenheit) during July and August

What It's Like

Up until about a decade ago, the area surrounding Downtown Las Vegas and the Strip's towering hotel-casinos was an endless red desert. But as development expands, an ever-increasing number of resorts offer an isolated alternative to the 24-hour crowds. It's part suburban sprawl (fast food, outlet malls, congested interstates) and part outdoors escape, like at the gorgeous Red Rock Canyon, in Summerlin or the profound man-made oasis of Lake Las Vegas, in Henderson. Sure there are casinos -- it's still Vegas, after all -- but they often get less attention than the natural landscape.  

Facts

Languages:

English

Airports:

McCarran International Airport

Peak:

Oct. 1 - May 31

Off-Peak:

June 1 - Sept. 30

Currency:

U.S. Dollar

Electricity:

120 V, 60 Hz

Tipping:

15-20% at restaurants

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