Laughlin, Nevada, is separated from Arizona by the Colorado River. Its founder, Don Laughlin, bought an eight-room motel here in 1964 and basically built the town from scratch. By the early 1980s Laughlin's Riverside Hotel-Casino was drawing gamblers and river rats from northwestern Arizona, southeastern California, and even southern Nevada, and his success attracted other casino operators. Today Laughlin is the state's third major resort area, attracting more than 3 million visitors annually. The city fills up, especially in winter, with both retired travelers who spend at least part of winter in Arizona and a younger resort-loving crowd. The big picture windows overlooking the Colorado River lend a bright, airy, and open feeling unique to Laughlin casinos. Take a stroll along the river walk, then make the return trip by water taxi ($4 one-way, $20 all day). Boating, using Jet Skis, fishing, and plain old wading are other options for enjoying the water.
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Experience the washes and slot canyons of the desert on a dune buggy tour (you get to say how bouncy). You can get out and explore, or just stay put.
Make your way down the scenic Colorado River on a riverboat dinner cruise, with seating indoors or out. As you dine, a narrator explains the sights.
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This is the perfect place to explore and enjoy the Colorado River. Come to swim, kayak, fish, hike and picnic. Camp overnight if you're game.
You'll find petroglyphs etched by Native Americans on boulders 15 miles northwest of town off Highway 163. The site's a quarter-mile walk from the road.
With air travel, so many things can go wrong - paying extra fees, missing connections, etc. Learn how to avoid these common air travel mistakes.
If you're down on your luck at the casino, Harrah's Laughlin day spa will perk you up. Have an obsidian and onyx stone massage or a chocolate champagne wrap.
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