Located west of the Las Vegas Strip, Summerlin is just minutes from Red Rock Canyon, Downtown Summerlin Plaza and the Red Rock Casino. Summerlin received its name as an homage to Howard Hughes, who was one of the original pioneers behind Las Vegas’ development. Summerlin is primarily made up of residences and shopping centers, but points of interest in the area, aside from those already mentioned, include Rampart, Bonnie Springs Ranch, and more.
Downtown Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas is one of the most eclectic parts of the city to visit. Home of the Fremont Street Experience, the area received a much-needed makeover thanks to Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and The Downtown Project. You’ll find a lot of independent businesses in the area, such as Makers and Finders Coffee, Rockin’ Bettie, Container Park and Dona Maria’s Tamales. Hotels in the area include The Downtown Grand, The D, The Golden Nugget, and the Four Queens.
The District at Green Valley
The District at Green Valley is unique in a city such as Las Vegas. This community sits next to Green Valley Ranch, one of a handful of “local” casinos in the Las Vegas Valley. The residences of The District consist of condos above an array of shops and businesses, including Pinot’s Palette, Francesca’s, and Elephant Bar. This design is meant as a tribute to the downtown districts of other metropolitan cities and gives The District a distinct, sophisticated air.
South of the Las Vegas Strip along the I-15 is the sprawling luxurious development known as Southern Highlands. The residential portion of the development offers a breathtaking view of the city; from the right vantage point, you can see the entire Las Vegas Valley. The golf course on the property seems like a desert oasis at first glance; its lush green landscapes and rolling hills seem out of place among its brown and rocky surroundings. Nearby hotels include The M, Southpoint and the Silverton.
The Arts District is the home of the local art community. Located next to downtown Las Vegas, the Arts District is flourishing with the number of emerging businesses and studios opening in the past few years. It is easily the most colorful part of the city; you’ll find murals painted on the walls of businesses and vacant buildings. Also, the hotels in downtown Las Vegas are just about a mile away from the neighborhood, and it is 10 minutes from the Stratosphere and the northern Las Vegas Strip.
Anthem is one of the few neighborhoods on the list that is technically not in “Las Vegas.” Located at the southern end of the city, Anthem falls within the Henderson city limits at the base of the Black Mountains. It is one of the richest neighborhoods in the Las Vegas Valley, and its design, which includes a 7,000-yard golf course and waterfalls, cements its reputation as a seat of luxury. Nearby points of interest include the country club and Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area.
Blue Diamond is considered a town on its own by the local census, but it is generally accepted as part of Las Vegas as a whole. The town has held onto some of its original structures, including the mercantile station that opened in 1942. It is a perfect place to get away from the constant buzz of the Las Vegas Strip, and Bonnie Springs lies near Blue Diamond too, as does the Super Summer Theatre and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.
Aliante is one of the newer communities to arise in Las Vegas. The development, open since 2003, has exponentially increased in size since its beginnings; the area now has over 1,000 residential areas, as well as a casino, golf club, and shopping center. Aliante sits in North Las Vegas, on the north end of the US Interstate 95. The major points of interest in and around the area include Mount Charleston, Aliante Discovery Park, and Aliante Casino.
Just west of the Las Vegas Strip and the I-15 is a collection of small businesses known as the Industrial Corridor. The type of companies vary, from automotive to industrial, and the area is a stark contrast to the bright lights and neon signs of the Las Vegas Strip. There aren’t any residences in this immediate vicinity, but there are a handful of motels and extended-stay rentals if you’re looking for a room on a budget.
Symphony Park is the smallest district on this list, but what it lacks in space, it makes up for in the beauty of its design. Symphony Park is the home of the Smith Center, the Discovery Children’s Museum, and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Other nearby points of interest include The World Market Center, Main Street Station and Fremont Street Experience.