Let’s do the maths: 30 Foot RV + driving down Las Vegas’ casino strip = nervous breakdown, right? No! If the thought of tackling Vegas’ legendary casino strip in a large motorhome makes you shudder, think again. Las Vegas caters surprisingly well for RV rental holiday-makers and there are definitely other ways of negotiating the casino strip without sending your heart rate through your RV’s roof.
Las Vegas is located in the state of Nevada, about a 4.5 hour drive inland from Los Angeles. It is the gambling capital of the USA, but is also home to some great family attractions and exciting nightlife. There is so much to do that you could easily spend days in Vegas without putting one dime into a slot machine. If you are considering an RV rental vacation on the west coast, then Las Vegas should definitely be on your “to-do” list.
You can collect your RV (lazy speak for “Recreational Vehicle”) in Las Vegas itself, or an equally popular option is to hire out of Los Angeles.
From there you can do a round trip down to San Diego, across to Las Vegas and then back to LA. Or you can head north on the Pacific Highway to San Francisco and then journey inland to Vegas before returning to LA. Either way, it’s best to allow 10-14 days to do a round-trip in comfort.
So once you have reached Las Vegas, you’ll need a place to set up camp with your RV rental. The reality is that you don’t really want to drive around the heart of Vegas in your motorhome – although valet parking is the norm in the States, asking to valet a large RV might be pushing your luck! There are a number of dedicated RV rental parks in Vegas that you can get to with ease.
Located at the northern end of the Strip, Circus Circus is one of the older, more kid-friendly casinos but also has a 399 site RV rental park at the rear. (It’s best to enter the park from the back of the casino rather than coming off the Strip). The park includes everything you would expect: concrete or grass sites complete with full-service utility hook-ups, a convenience store, arcade, showers and restrooms, laundromat, playground, swimming pool and disposal stations. It is operated by Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and discounts apply if you become a KOA member. Once you are booked in and hooked up, you can walk across to the main casino and from there head out to explore the rest of Vegas. Location, location, location!
We don’t know who Sam is and how he managed to get a town named after him, but Sam’s Town is actually a hotel and casino about 7 miles east of the Las Vegas strip. It is touted as the “local’s place to stay” and offers two RV rental parks with over 500 camping sites. The standard RV campground features apply (laundry, shower facilities, swimming pool, internet access, BBQ area) and the hotel/casino also offers 24-hour gambling, a bowling alley, nightlife and restaurants. Sam’s Town prides itself on friendly service and an added bonus is a huge WalMart supermarket across the road, selling nearly everything you could think of. There are regular bus services from the casino to the strip and downtown areas.
The US is the land of opportunity and if you want the opportunity to stay in an RV park without kids, then the Las Vegas RV Resort is for you. This RV rental park caters for guests 21 years of age and older and is located about 6.5 miles from the Vegas strip (close to Sam’s Town). It features a swimming pool, club house, rec room, internet access, BBQ area and toilet amenities but it is not connected to a hotel or casino, so you are on your own when it comes to major entertainment and restaurants. That said, you can catch the Sam’s Town shuttle bus into the strip. The RV Resort is best suited for adults looking for a quiet, high-quality RV park experience.
The Oasis Las Vegas is located 6 miles south of the Las Vegas strip and features a tropical “Casablanca” theme. It has a long list of amenities including two pools (a beachfront family pool with waterfalls and a separate adult pool), an 18-hole putting course on natural greens, an on-site fitness center, a fully stocked convenience store, restaurant and banquet facilities and a 24-hour reception.
They also offer a variety of year-round events (professional horseshoe tournaments anyone?!) and the newest attraction is massage therapy on site.
Once you’ve had your dose of Vegas, there’s a whole range of day trips you can do in your RV rental, including Hoover Dam (just how many people are secretly buried in the concrete structure?!!), Valley of Fire State Park or Mount Charleston if you enjoy hiking. Vegas has a little bit of everything for everyone and is a must-see on your RV tour of the United States.