US Airways/United and other carriers offer connecting flights from BWI Marshall to Las Vegas, with late October fares currently starting at $240 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
80 E. Harmon Ave.
The Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel property adjoins the Miracle Mile mall and is casino-free, although it is near the Strip. Rates from $103.
303 E. Second St.
Historic property, opened in 1930, has a Southwestern and Latin American art store, Tina Mion Museum and rooms with Ponderosa pine beds, Zapotec rugs and Mexican tin and Talavera tile decorations. Many famous guests have stayed here, including John Wayne and Albert Einstein. From $109.
WHERE TO EAT
Turquoise Room at La Posada
The hotel restaurant puts a spin on Southwestern flavors and hearty ranch dishes, such as chicken breast with tomatillo sauce and tamale, and elk medallions with huckleberry sauce. Dinner entrees from $17.
401 E. Andy Devine Ave.
Giant menu loaded with Mexican specialities, such as chorizo con huevos, empanadas and a crazy 28-inch-long burrito. Main dishes from $7.
WHAT TO DO
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Off State Route 159
Clark County, Nev.
Drive the 13-Mile Scenic Drive and stop for a hike or to view petroglyphs and agave roasting pits. Visitor center open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Route hours vary by season, such as 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in October, and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. November through February. Red Rock Overlook open for an additional hour. Daily fee: $3 per pedestrian, $7 per car.
Petrified Forest National Park
Off Interstate 40 for north entrance, Route 180 for south entrance in eastern Arizona
Top sights include Rainbow Forest Museum, Crystal Forest and Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark/Kachina Point view. Park road hours vary from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. peak season to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m midwinter; facility hours also vary from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. peak season and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. off-season. Seven-day pass is $10 per car and $5 for pedestrians and bikers.