Las Vegas is a destination that needs little introduction. Whether you’re coming for thrilling casinos, spectacular shows, exceptional dining options, or just to experience an unparalleled sensory overload, Las Vegas doesn’t disappoint. The choice of where to stay in Las Vegas depends on what you’re looking for in your vacation. Here’s a brief overview of some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods to help guide your planning.
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The Strip embodies the dazzling casinos, luxurious hotels, glitzy shops, and bright neon signs that come to mind when most visitors think of Las Vegas. It’s home to the majority of the city’s major hotels and attractions. Many visitors spend their entire vacation on this 4.5-mile long stretch and never feel the need to venture beyond it. Officially called Las Vegas Boulevard, the Strip can be subdivided into the South Strip, the Mid or Central Strip, and the North Strip.
The South Strip, which stretches from Russell Road to Harmon Avenue, features some of the city’s most iconic hotels, including the MGM Grand: the largest hotel in the world. The Mid Strip, which runs from Harmon Avenue to Spring Mountain/Sands Road, is a wonderful base for visitors who love to shop, home to the Miracle Mile Shops and the Forum Shops at Caesars. Visitors who want to be close to the action but avoid the crowds should consider staying at one of the great Las Vegas hotels set on the slightly quieter North Strip (the section between Spring Mountain/Sands Road and Charleston Avenue).
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Las Vegas’s original entertainment hub, Downtown is ideal for visitors interested in learning more about the city’s history. It’s a perfect area for budget-conscious travelers, offering a wide choice of affordable Las Vegas hotels. Many of the neighborhood’s historic casinos, such as the Golden Nugget, have changed little over the decades and offer an intriguing glimpse into the city’s past. Set about a mile north of the Strip, Downtown centers on Fremont Street–a covered pedestrian walkway with impressive nightly sound and light shows.
Downtown is also home to a number of the city’s most popular museums, including the Mob Museum (which examines the history of organized crime in America) and the Neon Museum, which showcases some of Las Vegas’s oldest neon signs. The neighborhood is also known for its exciting emerging arts scene, with local art galleries hosting free gallery walks on the first Friday of every month.
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Located 10 miles west of the Strip, Summerlin is an appealing alternative base for visitors who want a more active vacation. Comprised of dozens of residential gated communities, Summerlin is home to over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails as well as seven golf courses.
This low-key neighborhood is also the gateway to the Red Rock National Conservation Area, a 195,819-acre expanse of red sandstone cliffs, centuries-old petroglyphs, seasonal waterfalls, and striking desert scenery. It’s an excellent spot for hiking, rock climbing, and spotting wildlife, like bighorn sheep and wild burros.
Enjoy exploring the diverse attractions and entertainment that these unique Las Vegas neighborhoods have to offer.