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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
One thing’s for certain, trekking or hiking amidst the marvelous landscapes around Las Vegas sure does work up a healthy appetite. Thankfully, whether your base for adventures is within the city itself, or just a stone’s throw away from the neon lights and within the spectacular surrounding scenery, thankfully, there’s no shortage of great places to quench your thirst and encounter a wide variety of great cuisine. You'll never go hungry in Nevada!
Las Vegas and its casino hub of The Strip boast some of the most renowned restaurants in the world, and with a plethora of culinary delights on offer, choosing where to eat can be a difficult choice to make. However, in this short guide we take a look at some of the more unique dining experiences, with great dishes arriving at your table and amazing surroundings to behold.
Dining that’s A Cut Above the rest at Mount Charleston
Escaping from the broiling Nevada heat can often be a good enough reason itself, for those planning their hiking adventures in the Mt. Charleston area, which lies just 35 miles west of Las Vegas. From easier hikes such as the Bristlecone Trail and Fletcher Canyon, to more challenging and advanced hikes such as Charleston Peak via the North Loop Trail, temperatures are between 20 and 30 degrees cooler than those of the nearby city, thanks to the location’s elevation.
Whether it’s enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery on foot, or at a brisker pace with skis, The Resort on Mount Charleston is a popular location for weary travelers to kick back and relax. A Cut Above is the signature restaurant of the resort, which strives to live up to its name. Certainly, it’s hard not to imagine being impressed, tucking into a mouthwatering 20oz Porterhouse topped with White Wine Mushroom Butter, while gazing over the spectacular views from the restaurant’s terrace
Taking in the sights from the Top Of The World at the Stratosphere
For those making their hiking base in the fabled Sin City itself, combining the comforts of the many top-notch hotels and the buzz of the casinos with plans to visit the 52 Peaks within striking distance of the city, scaling the heights of the iconic Stratosphere tower brings a rewarding and unique dining experience. It’s particularly mesmerizing for the views over the city of Las Vegas and surrounding landscape, especially as the sun sets and the neon lights are aglow.
Regarded as one of the 10 great casino restaurants for gamblers according to Betway Casino, and recipient of countless awards for the gourmet dishes on offer, the Top of the World is a dining experience that’s very much earned its reputation, with consistently high praise from over 5,500 TripAdvisor.com reviewers. Tucking into Kurobuta Pork Belly al Pastor, or Salmon with Basil Pesto Crust and Prawns, enjoying the 360-degree views as the restaurant steadily rotates; there’s nothing quite like it in Las Vegas.
Brunch aboard the Desert Princess on Lake Mead’s Blue Waters
Billed as America’s most diverse national recreation area, Lake Mead is a glittering oasis in the midst of the stark and mountainous desert landscape, boasting 1.5 million acres of manmade and natural wonders for visitors to explore. From the Boulder City beaches to Hoover Dam in the west, Bonelli Landing to Temple Bar Marina along the south, or Echo Bay and the Overton Arm to the north; this sprawling location beguiles casual tourists and adventurous hikers alike.
All around the vast waters, there are plenty of excellent points from which to take in the awe-inspiring views, but arguably one of the best vantage points is upon the lake itself. Aboard the Desert Princess, a classic three-decked Mississippi-styled paddlewheeler, Lake Mead Cruises combine dining and sightseeing to provide a unique experience. From a morning breakfast buffet washed down with champagne, to the extravagant dinner cruise menu beneath the stars, this is certainly a novel way to whet the appetite while taking in the sights.
Enjoying a traditional ranch-style breakfast at Red Rock Canyon
There are countless reasons why hiking in Red Rock Canyon is an absolute joy, with so many spectacular sights to discover. Delving through hidden gullies towards the Lost Creek Waterfall and Pine Creek Canyon, or climbing upwards to the always popular Las Vegas Overlook, it’s often recommended to make an early start and enjoy the cooler morning temperatures. Of course, it’s always better to do so after a hearty breakfast, because after all, it’s often considered to be the most important meal of the day.
Located around 35 minutes west of Las Vegas and just off the Scenic Loop Drive is Bonnie Springs Ranch, offering a breakfast menu filled with Wild West flavor up until high noon. Whether tucking into a traditionally tasty Grandma’s Country Breakfast, Ranch Style Omelettes or starting the day with a belly-filling Flat Iron Steak and Eggs, every belly will be contentedly filled, before heading off along the Red Rock Canyon
Food for thought when hiking Las Vegas
These are just a few choice selections to whet the appetite, for even the hungriest adventurers to enjoy, as they take to the trails and explore the best hikes around Las Vegas. Don’t forget to check through our blog regularly for more great tips before beginning your journey, along with friendly advice and suggestions, all aimed at helping you enjoy the many spectacular locations within easy reach of The Strip.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV