With a prime spot right on the Colorado River — surrounded by wild desert scenery and a beautiful mountain backdrop — there’s no better place for a fun weekend getaway, than Laughlin, Nevada.
Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures or to experience the excitement of a Nevada gaming town, you’ll find everything from hiking trails to watersports, colorful attractions nearby to memorable meals and delightful libations − along with clear skies and warm temperatures year-round − in Laughlin.
Follow our fun-filled weekend itinerary to make the most of your time in town.
Take a day-trip to discover one of the last remaining natural stretches of the lower Colorado River — Topock Gorge. This stunning, 20-mile long slice of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is home to desert bighorn, elusive mountain lions, and up to 318 different bird species. Plus, the surrounding landscape is breathtaking.
Book a tour with London Bridge Jet Boat Tours, and power through this incredible natural refuge on your way upriver. Its 58-mile round trip to the historic London Bridge, whizzes past volcanic rock faces, ancient Indian Petroglyphs, and more, making it a must for history and nature lovers alike. Enjoy lunch, photo-ops, and shopping in Lake Havasu City, before making your way home.
Prefer to cast a line into the water with Topock Gorge as your backdrop instead? From striped bass to bluegill to catfish, this picturesque gorge is teeming with fish, making it the perfect place to reel in a big one. Plus, as a designated no-wake zone, it’s a peaceful spot to anchor. Launch your boat at Laughlin or Lake Havasu and make your way to this idyllic fishing spot.
Whether you’re back in Laughlin for lunch, or just looking for that perfect afternoon pick-me-up, there’s plenty of eating spots, from a quick snack to something a little more substantial at one of the many area dining venues.
Next, it’s time to stretch your legs, along the Colorado River Heritage Greenway Trail. With 10.5 miles of family-friendly routes — complete with water points, shade shelters, restrooms, and a children’s play area — it makes for a great afternoon outing, whoever you’re traveling with. Look out for waterfowl, shorebirds, and a variety of other wildlife as you hike or bike this waterside route, and pause at your favorite viewpoint.
When dinner comes around, head to the Golden Nugget Laughlin and take a seat on the riverside patio at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. From shrimp mac ’n’ cheese to slow-roasted ribs, to steamed crab legs and Maine Lobster, tuck into a range of delicious dishes as you watch boats and jet skis go by. Plus, make it in time for happy hour (Sunday through Friday from 3pm to 7pm), for a great selection of discounted bites and drinks.
Time for some after-dinner recreation? Hop on a water taxi to Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort, for a night of glow-in-the-dark Cosmic Bowling at Riverside Lanes. This state-of-the-art facility has all the right ingredients for a few hours of friendly, fun-filled competition. Plus, bumpers are available for each of its 34 lanes, making it perfect for kids and grown-ups alike.
Boasting 237 miles of stunning shoreline, filled with hundreds of private and semi-private coves, the beautiful Lake Mohave is a popular day-trip destination — and a memorable spot to explore on your second day in town. From boating and fishing to wakeboarding and swimming — plus hiking, biking, and sightseeing in its incredible mountain surroundings — you can do it all here.
Make your way to Katherine Landing for rentals of all shapes and sizes — including boards, inflatables, watercraft, and boats — available by the day, half-day, or 2-hour slot. Set up camp at Telephone Cove South, whose large, roped-off swimming area is the perfect place to splash about, free from jet skis. Fish for bass, catfish, and stripers right from the marina pier, or out on the water. And search out its most secluded sandy bays — there are 198 to discover! — for peace and quiet, surrounded by nature.
However you choose to spend your time at Lake Mohave, its refreshing waters and multicolored-rock backdrop is sure to make a lasting impression.
Hunger calling? If you haven’t packed a picnic, make your way back to Laughlin for lunch at Wild Style Burgers & Pizza. This popular Edgewater Casino eatery is known for its fantastic hamburgers, shoestring fries, and great pizza combos — a slice, served with breadsticks and a drink. Order at the counter, then take a seat in the cafe and admire the river views. Or get your food to go and enjoy it out by the water.
Let lunch digest with a stroll along the landscaped Colorado River Walk, which passes by right outside. Stretching nearly the full length of Laughlin’s waterside casinos, following the boardwalk is a fun way to take in all that the town has to offer. Watch all the action out on the river, pause for photos against the desert backdrop opposite, and look out for wildlife and fish swimming along the shore.
Alternatively, stop at any of the casino docks en route to climb aboard the River Passage Water Taxi. Servicing seven of Laughlin’s most famous casino resorts, these taxis travel regularly from dock to dock; turning casino-hopping into a scenic, aquatic adventure. Ride unlimited with a discounted day pass.
It’s time for your last dinner, and the upscale Gourmet Room at the Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino certainly delivers. Complete with white tablecloths and romantic views of the Colorado River, you’ll find French, Italian, and steak house specialties and favorites. It’s also famous for its mouthwatering surf and turf entrees, including succulent steak, ribs, chicken or lamb paired with savory shrimp, served in a variety of delicious ways including coconut curry, honey lemon, scampi and Louisiana style. Be sure to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in the Gourmet Lounge. Open nightly, reservations are required and the service is superb.
Looking for the perfect accommodation?
Book a room at Aquarius Casino Resort, whose newly-renovated pool and huge selection of dining options make it great for all ages. Stay at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort for its family-friendly amenities, RV hookups, day spa, and brand new resort pool. Or camp at Big Bend of the Colorado River for great facilities, direct river access, and 4 miles of easy hiking trails.