Laughlin is located in the southernmost tip of Nevada at the bank of Colorado River (bordering Arizona), 90 mi (140 km) south of Las Vegas. The town got its name from Don Laughlin who purchased an old motel in the area in 1964 and opened the first casino. It is the third most visited casino and resort destination in the state after Las Vegas and Reno.
Most people travel to Laughlin by car.
From Phoenix: US 93 north to I-40 west through Kingman. Take the Bullhead City / Las Vegas exit and turn right at the signal at the end of the exit ramp. Continue west taking the Highway 68 ramp toward Bullhead City / Laughlin. Highway 68 merges into Arizona Highway 95. Turn right at the Laughlin Bridge. Approximately 225 miles from Phoenix; 4 hours.
From Southern California: I-15 north to Barstow; I-40 east to Needles, CA. Exit on River Road cutoff, turn north for 22 miles on Needles Highway to Casino Drive, turn right. Approximately 283 miles from Los Angeles; 5 hours. Approximately 335 miles from San Diego; 6 hours.
From Las Vegas: Interstate 515, US 93/95 south through Las Vegas towards Boulder City. After passing through Henderson and the Railroad Pass, take ramp and turn right onto US 95 south toward Searchlight/Laughlin for 55 miles. Turn left onto NV 163. Head east for 19 miles. Turn right on Casino Drive.
There are charter and seasonal flights from some American and Canadian cities to Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport in Bullhead, Arizona across the river. The airport is not served by any major airline.
There are guided one day tours from Las Vegas by bus.
There are no freeways that pass through Laughlin. The Southern Nevada Transit Coalition provides bus service on two routes in Laughlin, one of which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Laughlin has nine major hotel-casinos that line the Colorado River, and also is home to the Laughlin River Walk, the walkway which runs between the row of Laughlin's casinos and the Nevada shore of the Colorado River. The casino-hotels are similar to the ones in Las Vegas with slot machines, gaming tables, restaurants and shopping.
- Laughlin Outlet Center, 1955 S Casino Dr (across the street from the Aquarius Casino Resort), ☎ . Mon - Sat 9AM to 8PM Sun 10AM to 7PM Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Outlet shopping with more than 60 merchants, indoor food court and market, and eight acres of convenient indoor parking.
Many of the casinos include shopping areas with souvenirs and other merchandise:
The casinos offer a variety of dining options, ranging from buffets to simple cafes to gourmet restaurants.
- The Range Steakhouse, 2900 S Casino Dr, ☎ . Steakhouse at Harrah's Laughlin.
- Saltgrass Steak House, 2300 S Casino Dr, ☎ . Steakhouse at the Golden Nugget.
As at Las Vegas, free drinks are offered to all gamblers actively playing games on the casino floor. You should tip the waitress at least $1 per drink. Failure to do so will most likely result in the waitress visiting you less often, and visiting those more often who do tip.
- Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino.
- Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino.
- Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall (formerly The Colorado Hotel).
- Laughlin River Lodge (formerly River Palms).
- Edgewater Casino Resort.
- Colorado Belle Casino Resort.
- Harrah's Laughlin.
- Tropicana Laughlin Hotel and Casino (formerly Ramada Express).
- Aquarius Casino Resort (formerly The Flamingo Hilton).
- Avi Resort & Casino.
- Bay Shore Suites.
- 1 Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Day use:$9/ vehicle. Boat launch $15. Camping $20/ night, plus $10 for utility hook-ups.
|Routes through Laughlin|
|Las Vegas ← Henderson ←||N S||→ Needles → Blythe|
|Ends at ←||W E||→ becomes → Bullhead City|