No American holiday would be complete without a trip to Vegas. World renowned and reputable for many reasons, this is a top destination. Las Vegas Boulevard, also popularly known as "The Strip", is the avenue that gathers the most important casinos of the city. Hotels here generally have a casino located on the ground floor. Casinos are not just about gambling as they also host restaurants, theatres and all kinds of highlights to gain tourists.
Certainly a party destination, you will want to stay close to the action when finding a place in Las Vegas. From the Venetian (north of the map) to the MGM (south of the map), you will be able to enjoy the grandiose hotel-casinos: Bellagio, Paris Las Vegas, New York New York, Caesars Palace and Mirage. Staying around this area will mean you get to soak up the unique atmosphere of Las Vegas and not miss out on anything. Because of its well-known reputation and appeal for people all over the world, The Strip has excellent hotel options available that are comfortable and luxurious while still being affordable.
So, the best area to stay in Las Vegas is all the area around "The Strip" or Las Vegas Boulevard.
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Staying central is recommended when in Las Vegas, but the outer areas of The Strip also have some great accommodation options available. The prices of hotel rooms get lower the further away from The Strip you stay. The beauty of Las Vegas is that almost anywhere you stay, you will have amazing views. After the sun sets across the desert, the neon lights of The Strip light up and can be seen from all across Las Vegas, making for spectacular scenery anywhere you stay.
While Las Vegas is best known for its casino culture and that is the reason many people make this a top destination in America, there are also other options for family friendly and adventurous vacations. Away from The Strip, there are many activities and things to do. The desert landscape of Nevada offers stunning national parks and rock climbing places which can all be accessed from the following areas of Las Vegas.
For a city feel and casino access, staying at hotels on The Strip is recommended. For other style holiday in Las Vegas, these areas have many hotels on offer. It all depends on the style of holiday you are looking for and who you are traveling with.
East and West of The Strip
The east side is home to the University of Nevada Las Vegas and has a fun and vibrant student population. There are large golf courses and shopping malls for leisure activities. The east end also has convenient access to the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Across the Interstate 15, the west end of The Strip has many large hotels available and a giant shopping mall called Masquerade Village. A little more residential, supermarkets and bakeries lining the streets makes the west end more removed from the gambling culture of The Strip. Prices in the east and west are cheaper and it is a more family friendly option when staying in Las Vegas.
North of The Strip is the central business district known as Downtown. There are many older hotels and some casinos still functioning here. This area is more cultured and not as focused on the casino and gambling element of Las Vegas. The Downtown Arts District hosts ‘First Fridays’ and this is a free walk through of the art gallery each week. You can also visit the Neon Museum and World Market Centre. Hotels are readily available and more affordable in this area.
North Las Vegas
Separate to The Strip, this area is located in the Mojave Desert and requires car access. It is only a few minutes’ drive to The Strip. Hotels are plentiful here and there are many sights to see and activities available. You can visit the Las Vegas Motor Speedway which hosts NASCAR and the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum is a family friendly activity.
Northwest of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, this is a quiet place to stay and it is quite removed from the casino culture of The Strip. This is an excellent place to stay for rock climbing in Red Rock Canyon and the Spring Mountains. This area has many hotels available for those wanting a unique Las Vegas experience away from the casinos.
Southeast of Las Vegas, this is the second largest city in Nevada. More removed from The Strip and the dominant casino culture. This is an ideal base to explore national parks, including Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Gardens are big hits with tourists. Hotels here offer fantastic views of the cactus filled desert landscape.
This is a quiet area towards the west of Las Vegas. There is little gambling here and a retiree population which gives it a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. Staying at a hotel here will be a quieter and laid back experience in Las Vegas.
The main street in the Downtown area has a wide range of hotels available to cater for any budget and any circumstance. This is a central street that has easy access to many casinos along The Strip but is also far enough away so it isn’t dominated by gambling. There is excellent access to restaurants and cafes here. Food prices are very reasonable here so you won’t break the budget eating out, and hotels are generally good value for money so you will have a comfortable stay. This is an ideal spot to stay as you have easy access to the casinos, but also to the arts cultural centre with museums and galleries in walking distance.