Courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

A smaller, family-oriented version of Las Vegas.

May 31, 2012

Just across the border from California, Primm, Nevada, is a small collection of family-friendly casino resorts rising from a dusty desert. It’s a typical stopping off point on the way to Las Vegas. With tots in tow though, you might as well overnight here.

Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino

A popular stop for visitors en route to Sin City, this casino is part of Buffalo Bill’s Resort in Primm, Nevada, just 40 miles southwest of Vegas. The casino contains 1,723 slot machines, 39 table games, and live poker, and while there may not be many exciting table games during the week, the buy-in minimums are usually less than $10. Buffalo Bill’s also features the Desperado, one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world, as well as a log flume ride that runs through the main casino floor.

Silver Spur Steakhouse

For dinner, forgo the unreliable buffets in favor of filet mignon, osso buco, or king crab legs at this restaurant in the Primm Valley Resort & Casino.

Primm Valley Resort & Casino

The Primm Valley Resort & Casino isn’t Vegas, but it has comfy rooms, a perfectly respectable swimming pool, entertainment from some not-quite-forgotten headliners, and even 36 holes of golf designed by Tom Fazio.

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