The Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall, seen from onboard the Celebration riverboat.
Request a river-front room at the Pioneer: pioneerlaughlin.com.
Three friends enjoy their annual girlfriends' getaway in Laughlin.
Laughlin has it's own strip, called Casino Drive. This is the Harrah Laughlin Casino & Hotel's beach on the Colorado River. More information: caesars.com/harrahs-laughlin. Other great hotels on Casino Drive: the Tropicana Laughlin (troplaughlin.com), the Aquarius Resort Hotel (aquariuscasinoresort.com) where you can catch the Celebration for a river cruise (laughlinrivertours.com), and The Colorado Belle Casino Resort (coloradobelle.com). If you're looking for a Las Vegas-class spa, visit the Laughlin Ranch Golf Club (laughlinranch.com), just across the river from Laughlin.
Everyone gets around Laughlin on perky little water taxis that come by every few minutes. You can stay in one hotel, but visit the others by water taxi to try their restaurants, bars, casinos, and gift shops.
This is the beach outside the Pioneer Hotel where you catch a speedboat ride to London Bridge.
This boat takes you from Laughlin, through the Colorado River Gorge, to the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City. Along the way, you will pass Needles, California, and Topock, Arizona, both on Historic Route 66.
A view inside the speedboat.
The Colorado River Gorge trip passes through three states: Nevada, Arizona, and California. This is a view of California, approaching Lake Havasu City.
After a day on the water, enjoy your favorite music at the Laughlin Event Center (laughlineventcenter.com). This is Carrie Underwood (the little angel seen in the foreground).
The Colorado Belle is a landmark hotel built to look like a paddlewheel steamboat. More photos at Steamboats.com.
To get from Vegas to Laughlin, book with Mills Tours. They shuttle passengers to and from the Colorado River, into El Dorado Canyon for the Techatticup Mine tour, up to Route 66 in Oatman, Arizona, and back to the Las Vegas airport. To learn more, visit millstours.net. To see photos of the Oatman burros and Techatticup Mine, click here.