In addition to Las Vegas, Southern Nevada is home to several smaller destinations that also offer world-class casino gaming, celebrity entertainment, hotel-casinos and access to amenities and activities such as spas, golf, hiking, extreme sports and water recreation.
Boulder City, Laughlin, Mesquite and Jean/Primm are well-known towns within easy driving distance of Las Vegas. All are located near Las Vegas, which makes them popular drive-to destinations for those traveling to Nevada from neighboring states.
Those looking for a getaway in an easygoing setting appreciate the relaxed atmosphere offered by these destinations. While enjoying a less frenetic pace, visitors know that plenty of gaming, entertainment and recreational opportunities are within easy reach.
Boulder City is known as a clean, green oasis in the desert. Located approximately 20 miles from Las Vegas and just a few miles from Hoover Dam's grandeur, Boulder City offers a quiet, relaxed living environment. With a population of approximately 15,000 people, residents enjoy a quaint, small-town atmosphere and an extremely pleasant quality of life. Boulder City is the only Nevada city where public gaming is illegal.
Boulder City is best known as the city that was created for the workers who built Hoover Dam. The town housed more than 4,000 workers during the construction of the dam, which lasted from 1931 to 1935. More than 1,500 permanent and temporary buildings were built to accommodate the needs of the construction workers, including 1,000 homes, a dozen dormitories, four churches, tourist centers, trade facilities, a grade school, a theater and a recreation hall.
Today, Boulder City takes pride in its quality recreational facilities such as Boulder City Golf Course, Boulder Creek Golf Club, Bootleg Canyon, Veterans Memorial Park (complete with a 3.5-acre fishing pond), a year-round swimming pool, skydiving services, tennis courts, and hiking trails that provide residents and visitors a wide range of experiences.
Boulder City's proximity to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area makes it a gateway to the largest, cleanest reservoir in the United States, offering endless camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, hiking, biking and photography experiences.
The city also boasts a wide variety of community events including the Fourth of July Damboree Parade, Art in the Park, Doodlebug Bazaar, the Christmas Parade of Lights on Lake Mead, and much more.
Laughlin, located 90 miles southeast of Las Vegas, fronts the majestic Colorado River. Its hotel-casinos feature mainstays such as giant gaming halls, showrooms and restaurants. Nearly 11,000 hotel/motel rooms are available in Laughlin, and 22 RV parks are found in the Laughlin/Bullhead City, Ariz., area. Laughlin's resorts offer Nevada players a choice of almost 12,000 slot machines and nearly 400 live table games.
The city is named after Don Laughlin, a pioneer hotelier/investor who purchased a boarded-up motel on the riverbank in 1966. It evolved into the lucrative Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino and became the cornerstone of one of the fastest growing communities and gaming resorts in Nevada.
The town grew rapidly with the arrival of the Bay Shore Inn, Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino, Edgewater Hotel & Casino, Aquarius Casino Resort, Golden Nugget Laughlin, Harrah's Laughlin Casino & Hotel, Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall, Tropicana Express Hotel & Casino, River Palms Resort Casino and The Regency Casino.
The Preferred Outlets at Laughlin, a fully enclosed two-story shopping center with distinctive art deco design throughout, is open seven days a week. It houses more than 55 retail merchants; an indoor food court; nine-screen, stadium-style movie theater; and plenty of garage parking in the heart of the Laughlin casino district.
Located within 30 minutes of the Laughlin hotels are six 18-hole golf courses. Laughlin Ranch, Mohave Resort Golf Club, El Rio Country Club Golf Course and Los Lagos Golf Course are all championship courses providing a challenging game of golf for all skill levels. Desert Lakes and River's Edge golf courses complete the selection of courses spanning the tri-state area.
The Aquarius Casino Resort offers three tennis courts. The Riverside Resort's 34 state-of-the-art bowling lanes are open to the public and include glow-in-the-dark "Cosmic Bowling." Harrah's Laughlin features a soft sand beach for its hotel guests.
The Colorado River creates a natural setting for sports and recreation. Some hotel-casinos and private vendors operate sightseeing boats that cruise the river; weddings can even be arranged aboard ship. Water taxis operate daily, whisking guests between riverfront properties. Here, too, travelers delight in a variety of river activities such as sport fishing, jet boating, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking.
Those who venture further from the heart of the city have the freedom to explore the Lake Mohave/Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Colorado River, Hoover Dam, Lake Havasu and the London Bridge, Katherine Landing, Katherine Mine, Oatman (Ariz.) on Route 66, or Christmas Tree Pass and Grapevine Canyon, which feature sheer cliff walls and well-preserved Indian petroglyphs.
Mesquite, 80 miles north of Las Vegas and near the Utah border, offers indoor and outdoor adventure. Visitors are free to explore the surrounding picturesque desert, tee off at their choice of world-class golf courses, indulge in fine dining or pamper themselves at luxury spas.
Mesquite is a year-round playground in the heart of the Virgin River Valley. The community was founded in 1894 but remained a sleepy stopover for motorists until the '70s, when a development boom began. Travelers have a choice of nearly 3,000 rooms in four hotels and five motels. Major hotel-casinos, ranging in size from 200 to 950 rooms, offer golf, spas, fine dining and action-packed casinos.
The CasaBlanca is a full-service resort with a Cal Olson-designed 18-hole championship golf course and world-class co-ed spa. The Eureka Casino Hotel offers a luxurious private spa with a wide variety of massage therapies. The Virgin River Hotel offers a 24-lane bowling center, pools, Jacuzzis and live entertainment nightly.
Primm, 35 minutes from Las Vegas on the California-Nevada border, has it all - shopping, dining, gaming, big-name entertainment, golf, one of the world's tallest and fastest roller coasters, theaters, virtual reality rides and water slides.
Primm is the first Nevada town encountered by motorists driving in from Southern California on Interstate 15. Whiskey Pete's, Buffalo Bill's and Primm Valley are Primm's hotel-casinos and each is linked to the other by a free monorail system.
Visitors to Primm can experience the thrill of the Desperado roller coaster. Other entertainment and attractions include the Adventure Canyon Water Log Ride, Turbo Drop whirl ride, the Ghost Town Motion Simulator Theaters, Carolee's Movie Theatre, video games, pools, Jacuzzis and water slides. The 6,500-seat Star of the Desert Arena in Primm hosts a variety of well-known entertainers and special events, including concerts, dances, rodeos and boxing matches. The Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas houses more than 100 designer retailers offering savings of up to 75 percent. Stores include J. Crew, Coach, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, bebe, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Burberry and much more.
The area is home to two Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf courses: the 6,950-yard, par 71 Lakes Course and the 7,060-yard, 72-par Desert Course. Both courses blend into the desert environment and challenge the most accomplished golfer.
Jean is positioned 12 miles north of Primm, 25 minutes south of Las Vegas. MGM Resorts International owns the Gold Strike Casino, offering low room rates, restaurants and live entertainment.
LVCVA Visitor Information Centers
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) owns and operates five visitor and welcome centers. The "VICs" are located in Boulder City, Laughlin, Mesquite, Primm and the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The centers host nearly 1,000 daily visitors, disseminating more than 10,000 pieces of literature such as videos, posters and brochures that are available in nine foreign languages. Travel counselors are also on site to answer questions and offer assistance in booking rooms and accommodations.
For more information, call 877-VISIT-LV or 877-847-4858, or stop by in person.
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