The town of Primm (yes THAT Primm, fellow gamers) may be one of my favorite places in the US. Though it boasts a population of just over 1,000 people, it is absolutely packed full of life.
The town lies right next to the Nevada-California border, only about a half hour's drive from Las Vegas. As a convenient place to stop on this perpetually busy strip of I-15, the gas stations seem to be always flooded with travellers. But beyond that, the area seems to have been hard hit by the pandemic, and there are few people staying there.
While Las Vegas itself has returned to 70% of its normal tourism, Primm has not. Only one of the 3-hotel trifecta (consisting of Whiskey Pete's, Buffalo Bill's, and the Primm Valley Resort) is currently booking rooms. The halls of the hotel are empty, as is the sizable and beautifully decorated mall which adjoins in. Stores are open, but almost nobody is there to buy.
I would not suggest that anyone acts irresponsibly during what is left of this pandemic. But if you are planning a trip to Nevada, consider booking a few nights in Primm. It's an exciting little town, pretty much a bite sized Las Vegas, with lots to see, good food, fun shopping, and yes, casinos. If you're curious about Vegas but feel intimidated by the size of it all, try Primm instead.
Say what you will about corporations or gambling or whatever else. The way I see it is this: Primm is a gem hidden in the middle of a desert, a true piece of living Americana, and home to 1,000+ people. The US would be worse off without it and places like it. I cannot fathom that it will survive much longer without a considerable uptick in tourism. I truly hope it bounces back from all this.