So my friend Val and I have been itching to do a super short and easy roadtrip. Neither of us had been to Laughlin and while everyone usually scoffs at it, we were intent on seeing what there is to do in that mini Vegas.
The drive was only about an hour and a half, so we headed over after work on a Tuesday since we were both off on Wednesday. I found a room at Harrah’s Laughlin for just $25 on Expedia and since they had a beach right on the Colorado River, we thought it’d be a great mini break for us.
One of the first things I noticed was that the casino had windows. Such an oddity. Our room overlooked the river and for $25, it was pretty decent. We grabbed dinner at the Beach Cafe where I indulged in one of those casino prime rib specials.
The next morning we wandered down to the beach and the pool for some relaxation time. After we showered and changed, we headed over to the Riverwalk to check out the casinos and the view. I had GPSd the drive to Oatman; a nearby ghost town in Arizona. Unfortunately, Google decided to take us on the off-roading route. No big deal, Val’s car happily accepted the challenge and we were treated to a lovely scenic drive.
When we got to Oatman, it was exactly what I pictured. An adorable touristy ghost town complete with old time storefronts and wild burros roaming between the parked cars. Such a fun little town. If you’re in this area, I highly recommend it for a fun historic little afternoon. We took the main road back to Vegas from here and it was only about 20 minutes longer (but no rocks). Overall, a fun overnight trip to Vegas’s backyard!