Nowadays, you'd have to drive far further than a few miles to get to dark skies anywhere near Vegas.
Getting to be that way in Tucson too.
Death Valley has some nice night skies. Comet Holmes stuck out,even saw the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) with the naked eye,never saw it at all in NZ as it is regarded as a difficult object there.
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone,much appreciated.