When it comes to planning the perfect Vegas vacation, where you stay is one of the most important factors. After all, the hotels and resorts are immense, taking up whole city blocks and requiring a lot of walking to go from spot to spot — even if you’re just going to the casino next door. Figuring out where you want to go, what you want to see and how much space you need are three keys to picking the right Las Vegas vacation rental for your needs. Popular options vary among different types of Vegas travelers. Which one are you?

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If You’re in Las Vegas for the Great Outdoors

Whether you’re traveling to Sin City on a girls’ or guys’ trip and you’re seeking pool parties, or you’re on a Las Vegas family vacation and you want to find lodging closer to spots like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, there are options for you. Some of the best pool parties happen at the larger hotels, where the city’s hottest DJs headline the night swim parties, while smaller hotels offer a more mellow pool experience for adults looking to cool off in the Vegas sunshine. If you’re planning to spend time hiking, rock climbing or enjoying a scenic drive at Red Rock Canyon, consider looking for Las Vegas vacation rentals that are closer to the Summerlin area, which is minutes from the Strip and closer to the rugged terrain you’re waiting to explore.

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If You’re on the Vegas Strip for the Shows

Vegas is known for several things, and its amazing variety of shows is one of the big ones. From Cirque shows to stage productions to headlining national performers, Vegas stages have it all. To stay close to some of the most popular venues, consider booking a room or suite at one of the iconic properties on the Strip. Or, go for a stylish boutique hotel located downtown near the Smith Center, Las Vegas Little Theatre and Bunkhouse Saloon.

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If You’re in Vegas for the Food

Innovative chefs and sizzling cuisine make the Vegas food scene popular among foodies. If you’re one of them, and you want to stay close to some of the hottest kitchens, look for hotels or a large house near Las Vegas in Summerlin, an upscale neighborhood that’s home to many tantalizing eateries, including Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Hearthstone, Yard House, Andiron and Honey Salt. If you’re looking for more of a traditional hotel, consider booking your stay at The Cosmopolitan, home to Wicked Spoon’s fabulous buffet, STK and Secret Pizza, or consider staying downtown, close to all the attractions at the Fremont Street Experience.