Las Vegas Boulevard- May be the Brightest Official Scenic Byway in the Nation

By night, this famous chunk of concrete from Washington Avenue to Sahara Avenue – shimmers supernaturally with the neon glow cast from thousands of glaring, blinking, sputtering casino lights.

The three-mile “Vegas strip” definitely offers its own kind of eye-popping scenery and plenty of local history, with long-standing casinos, landmark architecture, museums and wedding chapels, all stuffed into the very heart of Las Vegas.

Increasingly, it’s a scene that’s accessible to RVs. With RV parks springing up in the parking lots of long-established casinos, and shuttle service to the Vegas strip from outlying parks, RVers are finding a welcome home-away-from-home in Vegas.

Take Juan Caballero, for instance.

When he decided to bring his wife and daughter to Las Vegas, it made sense to stay at the Circusland RV Park – a tree-studded setting managed by KOA that happens to sit directly next to Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, located on the northern end of the Las Vegas strip and considered one of the city’s more “family friendly” resorts.

Though admittedly mostly concrete and palm trees, the RV park offers many spaces in a tidy, attractive setting with full-service utility hookups, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, showers and restrooms, a laundromat, playground, convenience stores and pet runs. Plus, the family had access to restaurants, shopping, entertainment, the “world’s largest permanent circus” and gaming action at Circus Circus – all told, a bargain for this San Francisco Bay area family.

“It would be nice to have more green area, but it’s really not bad,” said Caballero, who drove his 31-foot Class C motorhome from California.

As Caballero pointed out, road noise from nearby Las Vegas Boulevard really wasn’t that obtrusive, even in mid-day. The climate was great, the neighbors’ friendly, and downtown attractions were within easy reach.

Ready to tackle Vegas by RV? Just remember that Las Vegas is one of the nation’s fastest growing cities. Expect road construction and delays, and don’t expect to find curbside parking downtown.

The state of Nevada actively markets to RVers. Request RV-specific travel brochures and “Open Roads: A Road Guide to RVing” by calling (800) Nevada-8. You may also want to check, which provides a link to search for RV parks, mileage charts and weather.

Those who wish to stay close to the action along the Vegas strip may want to consider:

  • KOA at Circus Circus (
  • Hitchin’ Post RV Park (
  • Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort (
  • Riviera RV Park (
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