Primm & Jean, NV
Distance from Vegas: 43 miles
If you've made the drive to or from Vegas to LA (and pretty much everyone in both cities has), then you have passed through Primm. Primm makes no sense. Situated directly over the California border, Primm really just exists to capture the gamblers who just can’t wait to get the rest of the way to Vegas, which is silly because Vegas is only 45 minutes from Primm. The hotel-casinos Buffalo Bill's and Whiskey Pete's cater to that "fuck it, close enough" clientele, and there's also an outlet mall for, apparently, the same folks who just can't wait. There are also family-friendly attractions including a surprisingly awesome hypercoaster wrapped around Buffalo Bill's façade, a log flume ride, and the Bonnie and Clyde "Death Car." About 20 minutes north of Primm is Jean, NV, with another random, dated hotel-casino: Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling. Then there’s Goodsprings, a veritable ghost town that is home to the Pioneer Saloon, an old mining town bar that dates back to 1913 where there are still bullet holes in the wall from past gentlemen's disagreements and the ghosts of the Ladies of the Night who once worked in the hotel next door. For extra kicks, schedule a "Haunted Lockdown" overnight stay in the bar.