Laughlin is the third most visited casino destination in the state of Nevada, right after Las Vegas and Reno. However, Laughlin is more easy-going and offers plenty of outdoor recreational options, such as hiking and water sports.
Start your visit to Laughlin with a water taxi cruise on the Colorado River. The river is a particularly nice spot to cool down in the desert climate and therefore often used for swimming and water sports. As an alternative option, you can choose to go to Lake Mohave and visit its hot springs.
A very special water event is the annual River Regatta. During that time, tens of thousands of people come together to float over the Colorado River for a few hours. In case you are visiting Laughlin around New Year’s, you can celebrate twice! The neighboring town of Bullhead City of Arizona is only one hour ahead of Laughlin. Ring in the new year in Bullhead City and then cross the bridge into Laughlin for a second party. How cool is that?!
Only a few miles from Laughlin you can also visit Grapevine Canyon. There is a trail to hike into the canyon and you will find rock drawings known as petroglyphs. Research has dated them to be hundreds of years old. Are you planning on renting a car while visiting Laughlin? Take a drive to see Oatman, Arizona. The authentic old western town has donkeys roaming the streets and stages gunfights on the weekend. Also, many of the shops sell their own handmade products, which make for unique souvenirs.