Las Vegas Weekend Getaways

Las Vegas Weekend Getaways
Want a weekend away from the frenetic energy that is an innate part of Las Vegas? If you'd like to escape the mega-resorts, crowds and ringing slot machines, you don't have to go far. There are several charming hotels located at the nearby mountains, lakes and canyons. They all offer picturesque scenery and are less than an hour's drive away from Las Vegas.

Mount Charleston

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is located about 45 minutes northwest of Las Vegas, and features the majestic 11,913-foot Mount Charleston. The whole region is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Compared to the desert, the greenery here is breathtaking. In the spring and summer, you can go hiking. Two popular trails are the two-mile Fletcher Canyon Trail and the six-mile Bristlecone Pine Trail. In late fall and winter, you can ski in Lee Canyon at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort. A romantic place to stay is The Resort at Mount Charleston. This rustic-style lodge has a huge lobby with an idyllic open fireplace and 62 rooms ranging from standard accommodations to a presidential suite.
The Resort on Mount Charleston
2 Kyle Canyon Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89124
(702) 872-5500 or (888) 559-1888


Lake Las Vegas

The resort destination of Lake Las Vegas is located about 35 minutes east of the Strip. Stay for the weekend in one of three upscale hotels---The Ritz-Carlton, Loews Lake Las Vegas or the MonteLago Village Resort---which are situated around the shoreline of an artificial lake. At the Ritz-Carlton, you can indulge in afternoon tea or be extravagantly pampered in the spa with one of the Tuscan-inspired treatments. At Loews Lake Las Vegas, there's a gorgeous pool area along with a white sand beach. You can also sip on exotic cocktails in the Moroccan-style Arabesque Lounge. The MonteLago Village Resort was designed with Italy in mind, as you'll discover replicas of the Spanish Steps and the Pontevecchio Bridge. Plus, you can shop along cobblestone streets and enjoy a meal at one of many fine restaurants.
The Ritz-Carlton
1610 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy.
Henderson, NV 89011
(702) 567-4700
Loews Lake Las Vegas
101 Montelago Blvd.
Henderson, NV 89011
(702) 567-6000 or (877) 285-6397
MonteLago Village Resort
30 Strada Di Villaggio
Henderson, NV 89011
(702) 564-4700 or (866) 383-1592

Valley of Fire

Located about 45 minutes north of Las Vegas is a natural marvel and Nevada's oldest state park---the Valley of Fire. There are red rock formations here that will take your breath away. Many of the most famous sights are visible from your car by driving along the two-mile scenic loop---such as Arch Rock, Piano Rock and the Beehives. You can also enjoy short hikes at Mouse's Tank and in the White Domes area. Stay for a night or two in Overton, which is about 10 miles away. It's the nearest town with hotels. There's a Best Western with an outdoor pool, and just around the corner, you'll find the casual Sugar's Home Plate restaurant, which serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner---including their famous Grand Slam burgers.
Best Western The North Shore Inn at Lake Mead
520 N. Moapa Valley Blvd.
Overton, NV 89040
(702) 397-6000
Sugar's Home Plate
309 S. Moapa Valley Blvd.
Overton, NV 89040
(702) 397-8084

Red Rock Canyon

Located less than a half hour west of Las Vegas is one of the city's most popular outdoor getaways---Red Rock Canyon. It's a great hiking spot thanks to the dramatic landscapes, which include areas of eroded sandstone and limestone rock. Some favorite hikes are the two-and-a-half-mile Ice Box Canyon and three-mile Pine Creek Canyon trails. If you're not feeling active, you can opt to do the 13-mile scenic drive and make short stops at viewpoints and picnic areas. To make a weekend of your visit, stay at the nearby Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa. Although it offers gaming, this hotel has a serene setting and boasts modern design elements, such as exotic woods and rare stone. There are even special weekend spa/golf packages available.
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa
11011 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(866) 767-7773


Article Written By Yvonne Newman

Based in Las Vegas, Yvonne Newman spent 16 years writing for one of the city's popular visitors' guides. She has covered a variety of topics, including travel, shopping, sports and the arts. Newman is currently working on a book about tea houses. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nevada and a master's degree in Anglo-Irish literature from Trinity College.

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