Summerlin, Las Vegas Travel Guide

Summerlin Summary


  • Far from the crowds on the Strip
  • Natural beauty of Nevada's red rocks
  • 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
  • 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 year-round


  • 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
  • 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 due to the gorgeous Red Rock Canyon. Sure there are casinos -- it's still Vegas, after all -- but they often get less attention than the natural landscape.

Where To Stay

Summerlin has two major resorts, both well suited to golfers, families, and spa enthusiasts -- the Red Rock Casino Resort and the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort. Flanking these resorts, however, there are some more affordable alternatives, such as the Courtyard by Marriott and the element Las Vegas.


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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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