We are going to be in Vegas in Mid-April for a couple of days - both for sightseeing and for a convention. I have already checked out both commercial websites and the internal systems at work looking for hotel rooms and the prices are high (e.g $75 per night at the Golden Nugget) - it is a big convention.
Since we'll have a car we don't really have to stay on the strip. I know from experience how fun it is to be in the center of all the glitter - stayed in Stardust RIP in 1996 - but we can compromise here. Can anyone recommend nearby towns or off-strip locations we should check out? If it matters at all, we'll probably drive from L.A or San Diego.