Taking a road trip to Laughlin, Nevada, is an exciting opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes and attractions scattered along the route. Whether you’re coming from nearby cities like Las Vegas or Phoenix, or venturing from farther afield, the journey to Laughlin is filled with cool places to stop and explore.

What to See Along the Way
From Nevada

Right along the route lies the historic Railroad Pass Casino, which opened in 1931 and is the state’s longest running casino. While stretching your legs, grab a bite to eat or check out the “secret room” housing photographs and memorabilia.

You could also take a detour to Boulder City, a quaint town right next to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The charming city offers an adorable downtown area dotted with antique shops and restaurants. There’s also the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, which features artifacts from the modern engineering marvel’s construction.

Just outside of Laughlin off SR163, you’ll find Christmas Tree Pass, where you’ll discover ancient petroglyphs and caves. The 12-mile scenic drive offers a glimpse into the region’s indigenous heritage with rock carvings dating back thousands of years. The road is gravel and mostly in good condition, but there are a few steep spots on the eastern side, so a high-clearance vehicle is best.

From California

About seven miles west of Laughlin on SR163, Grapevine Canyon is an amazing site to view Native American petroglyphs. Many of the etchings go 40 to 50 feet below sand level and are hundreds of years old. This place is a hidden gem, and you don’t need a 4x4 vehicle to get there.

If you’re taking a different route from our neighbor to the west, you might know you’re close when you hit Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area. Whether or not you plan to get on the water once you arrive in Laughlin, this park just outside the city offers a slightly different landscape.

From Arizona

A road trip in the Southwest deserves a stop to the wild, Wild West. Oatman, Arizona, about 45 miles east of Laughlin, offers a unique blend of history, culture and scenic beauty. Oatman is an old mining town where you’ll find quirky shops and saloons, old artifacts and midday gun battles. You’ll also spot plenty of burros roaming around the town.

Take a minute to step out and see theBurros in Oatman, Arizona.Burros in Oatman, Arizona

Not afraid of heights? Go for the route that takes you through Sitgreaves Pass, which sits at over 3,500 thrilling feet. From here you’ll have a fantastic view from your vantage point in the Black Mountains of the valley below – and there’s even a pull-off area at the top to fully take in the natural beauty. Before you go, be sure that your vehicle can handle the route’s conditions, as some might have issues with the narrow and curvy road.

As you approach Laughlin, keep an eye out for the iconic “Welcome to Laughlin” sign, marking your arrival to the vibrant resort town. Pull over for a photo op and capture the moment as you officially begin your summer adventure!

And now that you’re here, Laughlin offers a plethora of exciting and relaxing activities for your summer adventure. Below is a curated guide to help you make the most of your summer getaway to Laughlin.

Water Scene, Baby

Located on the southern tip of the state, along the scenic Colorado River, Laughlin offers water activities. Cool off by renting a personal watercraft or boat from Laughlin River Jet Ski Rentals – launched directly from the dock at The New Pioneer – and explore the surrounding waters at your own pace. Each rental includes the necessary equipment, safety instructions, tutorial and fuel.

A man catching some waves on his jet ski in Laughlin.Laughlin River Jet Ski Rentals

If you’re feeling more of a laid-back vibe, head to Desert River Outfitters for a self-guided kayak or canoe tour. The rental outfitter is located near the lower Colorado River and offers shuttle and guide services. Along the way, you’ll discover countless cultural and historic sites, such as the Davis Dam, as well as brilliant rock formations, deep valleys and wildlife.

Or maybe you just want to escape the summer heat by lounging on one of Laughlin’s gorgeous riverfront beaches. Many of the city’s riverfront resorts, like Harrah’s Laughlin Beach Resort & Casino and Laughlin River Lodge Hotel & Casino, offer private beaches with amenities such as cabanas, beach bars and water-sport rentals. Unwind with a cold drink and enjoy the panoramic views of the river and surrounding mountains as you watch the boats cruise by.

Take a Swing

Laughlin is a popular destination for golf all throughout the year. Here, you can tee off amid breathtaking desert landscapes at one of several top-notch courses. Enjoy a leisurely round at Laughlin Ranch Golf Club or Mojave Resort Golf Club – both offer challenging 18-hole courses that feature stunning views of the Colorado River and surrounding desert landscapes.

Gaming and Entertainment

Laughlin is renowned for its lively casino scene, drawing visitors from near and far to try their luck at the gaming tables or indulge in some slot machine fun. Whether you’re a seasoned gambler or a casual player, the vibrant atmosphere and array of slot machines, table games and sportsbooks at casinos like the Tropicana Laughlin, Golden Nugget Laughlin and Harrah’s Laughlin Beach Resort & Casino will definitely add some excitement to your summer adventure.

But don’t stop there – catch a live show featuring top-notch performers, comedians or tribute bands. Check the event calendars for headlining acts and themed events that add an extra dose of excitement to your summer nights.

A gorgeous view of the Golden Nugget in Laughlin overlooking the water.

Golden Nugget Laughlin

If you’re into festivals, plan your trip during one of Laughlin’s many exciting options for an added dose of fun. From fishing tournaments and car shows to holiday events and cultural celebrations, there’s something for everyone.

A Journey for Your Taste Buds

Laughlin offers diverse dining that caters to every taste and budget. So, no matter if you’re craving a juicy steak, fresh seafood or authentic Mexican cuisine, the city has something to satisfy your culinary desires.

The Range Steakhouse at Harrah’s Laughlin Beach Resort & Casino will send you over the edge, in a good way. Aged prime rib, lobster bisque, calamari, crab cakes, three onion soup, escargot, crème brûlée … need we say more? If you love Mexican cuisine, head to Casa Serrano located at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort & Casino. For easy access, park on level three of the parking garage. You can’t go wrong with the exceptional and bright flavors of their chimichangas, albondigas soup, chile relleno and tamales.

Shop for Souvenirs, Gifts, and More

Take a break from the action to explore Laughlin’s delightful shopping scene. Browse boutique shops for unique souvenirs, trendy fashion finds and local artisan crafts. From upscale boutiques to souvenir shops, you’ll find plenty of treasures to commemorate your summer escapade in Laughlin.

Tropicana Laughlin’s Marshall-Rousso is a must If you’re looking for a deal and selection of brands. The store features designer brand clothing and accessories, from handbags to stunning evening wear to fresh kicks and casual clothing, any look can be created from head-to-toe at this boutique. There’s also the Gift Emporium at Golden Nugget Laughlin, where you can peruse fashions from Tommy Bahama, Quiksilver and Lucky Brand, in addition to jewelry, treats and more.

Laughlin offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventures, entertainment and relaxation for your summer road trip. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping water sports, scenic beauty, boutique shopping or an exciting dining experience, Laughlin has it.

That’s not all! Here are 10 more reasons to visit Laughlin, and don’t forget to check out some money-saving deals and packages. And then, pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready for an unforgettable summer adventure in Laughlin!