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It’s not necessarily a prerequisite that you have to stay at a hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas if you’re visiting for vacation or work. If you prefer spending time away from the bright lights and noises of casinos, there are other options in or just outside of Clark County where Las Vegas is located. You may prefer more spacious accommodations rather than settling for a cramped hotel room in the heart of Las Vegas. Staying outside the big city yet close enough to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Strip or downtown Vegas can make your trip more restful than you’d expect.

Las Vegas has one of the largest concentrations of people in the entire county, so anywhere you go nearby will be less crowded. Nearby towns offer you Las Vegas vacation rentals with the luxury of in-town lodgings without the hustle and bustle of Sin City. A number of hotels and resorts outside of Las Vegas proper have shuttle buses to take you to the Strip. Once your accommodations are in place, then the fun begins when you start to plan your itinerary of top places to visit in Las Vegas. Whether you’re looking for rentals that are family-friendly or corporate-friendly, it pays to know the surrounding areas so you know where to begin looking for your home away from home.

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Staying Near the Vegas Airport

Purely for the convenience, Las Vegas has plenty of vacation rental accommodations right near and at its McCarran International Airport. These airport accommodations are not like any other generic airport rentals. Lodgings, such as hotel rooms and condos in towering hotels near McCarran, are what you’d expect in Las Vegas, offering 100 percent luxury.

Private single-family houses, many with pools, are available for vacation rentals near the airport, which makes for family-friendly convenience.

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Vacation Rentals Near Las Vegas Golf Courses

Vegas is America’s entertainment capital, so, of course, there are premiere golf courses both in and near the city. Have the best of both worlds — casino nightlife and golfing during the day —by staying at a vacation rental near both, but far enough away from the Strip. Consider rentals in east Las Vegas, a handful of minutes from downtown. If you’d prefer even farther away, the small town of Primm, Nevada, is just over a half an hour south of Las Vegas, and it’s chock full of resorts, casinos, a factory outlet mall and two golf courses.

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Vegas Vacation: Stay in Henderson, Nevada

Henderson, part of what’s called Las Vegas Valley, is a town about 10 to 20 minutes away from the city, and it’s popular among vacationers who prefer to stay away from the flamboyance and traffic of the Strip and downtown. Though it’s mostly residential, there’s a mix of luxury hotels and resorts, also with condos to rent. If you prefer to rent a whole house, they’re available in Henderson, as well. The town even has a convention center since it’s minutes from McCarran International Airport, as well.

Stay off the Vegas strip in Boulder City, Nevada

A bit farther from Henderson is historic Boulder City. It’s the only non-gaming town in Nevada, but just outside the town’s boundaries, there is a gaming property to enjoy. You’ll be able to find a number of houses and condos for a vacation rental near or on the Boulder City Golf Course and Cascata Golf Course.

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Stay near and visit the Hoover Dam Area

A trip to Las Vegas isn’t complete if you don’t visit the Hoover Dam and the surrounding area, where there are plenty of luxury accommodations and only a short half-hour drive to the Strip. The Hoover Dam, one of the world’s architectural and engineering marvels built between 1931 and 1936, is also near Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the United States.

The popular area can be crowded during the summer, when tourists take advantage of Lake Mead’s recreational water activities. But there are plenty of house, condo, resort and hotel rentals to go around. If you’re adventurous, rent a houseboat on Lake Mead and use it for sightseeing or moor it to shore for sleeping.

Various size houseboats sleep from six to 10 or more people and have one or multiple bathrooms on board. According to houseboating.org, houseboating on Mead Lake is available all year round, though summertime is the most popular season. All you need is a valid driver’s license and you must be over 21 years old, and you’re good to float on one of these ultimate vacation rentals near Las Vegas.

Vacation Homes in Mesquite, Nevada

A half hour outside of Las Vegas is rustic Mesquite and Mount Charleston. The area is not always warm and toasty like Vegas, but instead, the area experiences snowy winter days, as well. Here you’ll find plenty of casinos, as well as private family homes and upscale condos to rent for vacation. If you’re looking for tranquility, a roomy and luxurious home to accommodate a large family, but all located close enough to Las Vegas, Mesquite may be the right place for a vacation rental outside of the city.