Hotel at a Glance: Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino
The neon lights on this hotel’s gambling floor are never dimmed. That’s because the casino—which features 50 slot, keno, and video-poker machines—is open 24 hours a day. The on-site Bon Temps Café is also open around the clock, so you can put your winnings toward a new york strip steak and a cocktail.Distance from the Strip: 3 miles; the hotel’s shuttle will take you there. Cheers!: This Getaway includes two welcome drinks. Work on your tan: Relax on the sundeck surrounding the outdoor pool. Where you’ll stay: a comfy guest room complete with a sitting area Beyond the Las Vegas Strip: Old Vegas, Red Rock Canyon, and the Hoover Dam
It can feel like the entire city of Las Vegas revolves around the Strip if you never venture beyond that neon-lit corridor. But there’s plenty to see and do once you step off Las Vegas Boulevard. You can find a taste of Old Vegas on Fremont Street, where vintage signs and showgirls crowned with headdresses recall the days of Sinatra and Martin. Beginning at dusk, a canopy of more than 12 million LED lights erupts in a psychedelic light-and-music show every hour. For an aerial view, zoom down the center of Fremont Street on a zipline.
Nature puts on its own show at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a landscape of fiery-red sandstone formations and limestone cliffs just 17 miles outside the city. Motor down the 13-mile scenic drive or ditch the car and strike out on any of more than 20 hiking trails that course through the region’s otherworldly topography.
Hoover Dam, a marvel of modern engineering, lies just 35 miles away, near the Nevada–Arizona border. Take the 30-minute power-plant tour or the 60-minute dam tour, which takes visitors inside the dam’s narrow passageways. You can actually kayak down the Colorado River from the base of the dam—just be sure to arrive early, as only 30 permits are issued per day.
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