SUNSET IN THE HILLS – Getting your behind kicked in the casino while your rental car goes to waste? When is the last time you saw a spectacular sunset? Because it sits in a valley, Las Vegas has some spectacular views 20 minutes from the Strip. A personal fave of locals is the view from the far east end of Bonanza Rd. in the eastern foothills. Imagine seeing the entire panorama of the Las Vegas Valley at sunset, watching both the Strip and downtown simultaneously go from daylight to neon glow.
Directions are simple. Go north on the Strip to downtown. Just after you go beneath the freeway, make a right-hand turn (east) on Bonanza Road. Drive 7 miles (it’s all paved suburban road — and the farther you go, the better the neighborhoods get). When you reach the end of Bonanza, just make a U-turn.
If that is too complicated, simply program 7051 East Bonanza Road (Las Vegas) into your GPS.
BOOM. Spectacular. I’ve never had anyone take this short detour whom didn’t rave about it. Grab a little take-out on your way — if you time your visit with sunset, you’ll want to relax and enjoy the show.
This article originally appeared June 30, 1999 in the Access Vegas Insider Vibe