Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
In the Summerlin neighborhood west of the Strip, and abutting the just-opened Downtown Summerlin complex of restaurants, movie theaters and retail, Red Rock Casino is one of the Station Casinos, well-known for catering to locals. But Red Rock avoids the down market connotation: stacked sandstone brick, backlit onyx, and ebony wood channel nearby Red Rock Conservation Area, and the three million crystals that drip from its light fixtures invoke the glamour of vintage Vegas. Plus, it keeps adding and renovating: terrific restaurants like Mercadito and Hearthstone are part of a $35 million reno being completed by the end of 2014, and parents will love Kids Quest, an indoor recreation area for kids under 12 (locals park their kids there while they go to the movie theater next door). Rooms can be had for a more-than-reasonable $85.