Living in the entertainment capital of the world means you don’t have to go far to have an amazing vacation. When Strip-like amenities and activities abound without all the hustle and bustle of the tourist heavy resort corridor, enjoying a staycation in Vegas is easier than ever. Read on for some hot picks for your Vegas staycation!
This luxury resort affords guests Strip-quality service without the hassle and high prices. A local favorite, Red Rock boasts top-notch restaurants such as T-Bones Chophouse, an award winning steakhouse known for its excellent selection of USDA Prime dry-aged cuts of beef. The surprisingly affordable suites feature stunning views of both the Las Vegas Valley and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. There’s also no shortage of entertainment options between the regular live performances and 72-lane bowling center. It’s never a bad idea to check out the spacious and serene spa either.
One of the best aspects of booking a weekend at Red Rock Casino Resort is its proximity to Red Rock Canyon. The beautiful high desert wonderland is less than 10 minutes from the resort. Here, outdoorsy folks will discover a wide array of activities to occupy their time. Rock climbing in the area is world-class, but the draw for most is the miles of picturesque hiking trails that meander through the canyon. Hikers can explore fiery red rock formations, limestone caverns and occasionally a waterfall or two. Cameras, sturdy hiking boots and sunscreen are musts when hiking Red Rock Canyon.
Another local favorite, Green Valley Ranch is a perfect home base for your next Las Vegas staycation. A vibrant lineup of lounges and bars serve up a variety of cool drinks and live music. Find a comfortable chaise lounge and get acquainted with an expertly shaken martini at Drop Bar. This hip watering hole features VIP bottle service and live entertainment. The enormous sports book is a fun place to post up for the big games. Grab a seat below the 33 50-inch big screens, sip on a cold beer and make a wager or two.
The resort’s crown jewel is its 8-acre “backyard” that includes a massive sand-bottom swimming pool, sunset yoga sessions and poolside dining options. Nothing says staycation like a cabana rental. Drink in the fantastic Strip views from the comfort of one of the spacious, luxury cabanas. A cabana rental is the perfect way to spend a sun-filled day thanks to the private pool area and personal attendant. In this summer heat, those fruity drinks with little umbrellas go down easy.
M Resort’s location just south of Las Vegas’ busy resort corridor makes it just close enough to enjoy all the action and just far enough to avoid the crowds. A perennial finalist on just about every local best-of list, this swanky resort houses six delicious dining options, four posh bars and an extravagant 23,000-square-foot spa. The hotel typically offers steep discounts, sometimes as much as 30 percent off, on its plush accommodations to local residents. The mid-level suites include conversation bars perfect for entertaining. Invite the neighbors … or don’t.
A helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon makes for an exciting cherry on top of your staycation sundae. Experience an exhilarating flight over Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and Fortification Hill along with many other breathtaking views. Maverick's Grand Canyon helicopter tour whisks passengers 3,500 feet below the rim of the canyon to a private landing site within this natural wonder. Champagne, beverages and a light snack will be served some 300 feet above the mighty Colorado River. The tour concludes with a breathtaking jaunt over Downtown Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip.
If you really want to feel like your worlds away while never leaving your backyard, Lake Las Vegas should be your destination. This Mediterranean inspired paradise makes for a peaceful reprieve. Tranquil sunrises and dramatic sunsets offer relaxing bookends to a perfect day. Golf enthusiasts would do well to book a round at Reflection Bay Golf Club, a truly stunning 7,261-yard, par-72 course designed by none other than Jack Nicklaus. Dine al fresco at a variety of waterfront restaurants within MonteLago Village on the shores of Lake Las Vegas. This “lakeside leisure destination” is perfect for any staycation in Vegas.
It’s nearly impossible to stay any extended period of time at Lake Las Vegas and not want to get out on the water. In addition to a variety of water activities like electric boat and kayak rentals, visitors to the lake can take a stand-up paddle board for a spin. The popular outdoor craze is a relaxing way to enjoy a low-key day on the lake. Cruise around the pristine water while marveling at the immaculate desert landscape.
However you choose to spend your summer staycation in Las Vegas, be sure to share your pictures with us on Facebook! Check out our blog for more Las Vegas travel advice, recommendations and news. Download our Ultimate Vegas Bucket List for more fun activities found right here in Glitter Gulch.