Las Vegas Boulevard, a.k.a. "the Strip," is the main thoroughfare of the city. Las Vegas hotels stand on the street with their colorful facades and water-feature courtyards beckoning you into their casinos. Lined on both sides with gaudy buildings, shopping malls and theatres, this is where the action is. After the desert sun sets, the Strip comes alive with brightly lit neon signs, giant LED displays and spectacular water shows.
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For convenience but lower prices, choose a Las Vegas hotel on either side of the Strip. To the east is the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), large golf courses and the shopping malls of Paradise Valley. Staying East of the Strip is convenient for the Las Vegas Convention Center. To the west, across Interstate 15, is a handful of large hotels including the Rio and its giant mall, Masquerade Village. This is where you'll find the ”real“ Las Vegas — regular supermarkets, bakeries and the amenities of a town taking a rest from gambling and the good life.
North of the Strip on Las Vegas Boulevard is the central business district, Downtown, and the older hotels and casinos of Fremont Street. The area is home to the Downtown Arts District, which hosts “First Fridays“ (a free gallery walk), the Neon Museum and the World Market Center, a multistoried wholesale furniture showroom.
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North Las Vegas is a separate city outside the city limits of Las Vegas proper. Located in the Mojave Desert, it is only a few minutes to the Strip by car. It's home to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which hosts NASCAR, drag and other races, and the Lied Discovery Children's Museum.
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Just southeast of Las Vegas, Henderson is the second largest city in Nevada. A stay here is good for exploring nearby national parks, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Those with a sweet tooth make a beeline for the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden, where you can take free tours and enjoy the desert landscape. Green Valley is a neighborhood in Henderson.
See all hotels in Summerlin Summerlin is a community in the northwest of the Las Vegas metropolitan area. A quiet place to stay, it is convenient for rock- climbing in Red Rock Canyon and the Spring Mountains.