Everyone should experience the bright lights and debauchery that Las Vegas provides, but after a couple of trips down to Sin City it would be nice to get in a night or two of all out partying while also getting in a better rounded vacation. And for that reason, we have the city of Henderson, Nevada.
What to do?
Sitting just south of Vegas and The Strip, and a quick jaunt West of Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, Henderson is conveniently located so you can easily check out the sights of Nevada, relax on the water, and then blow off some steam on The Strip (among other things) come nightfall.
That isn’t to say that Henderson itself doesn’t play host to anything worth doing. Apart from being rated one of the 100 safest cities in America, the city is home to eight championship golf courses. Desert Willow claims to be the most challenging executive course in Southern Nevada, while The Legacy Golf Club gives you on-site access to PGA pros.
Continuing with outdoor activities, Henderson has been rated as the sixth best hiking city in America, offering numerous trails just a short drive away. Frenchman Mountain Summits, Lone Mountain, and The Potato Knoll are three of the most popular trails around Henderson, and all within 25 miles.
With all those calories burned on the golf course or hiking trail, cool off with a walk through the Artisan Booze District. The district is made up of several family-owned spirit manufacturers and the first of its kind in the region. Be sure to taste their craft beers and wines.
What to see?
Henderson is a fervent supporter of the arts, and all around town you can find sculptures, murals, and the like. The city also plays host to the Botanical Cactus Garden, which is the world’s largest cactus collection. Of course, there’s the aforementioned Hoover Dam located nearby on the Arizona-Nevada state line. Although if you’re looking for a trip back in time, be sure to check out the Mob Museum to learn about how the mob influenced Las Vegas over the years.
Keep your eyes peeled for the bronze statues littered throughout the city and the murals in the Water Street District.
Where to stay?
If you’re looking for all the offerings that the Las Vegas Strip provides without the hustle and bustle, the Fiesta Henderson Hotel and Casino is the place to hang your hat. The hotel includes four restaurants and three bars, along with a casino to try your hand with lady luck. What’s more, you don’t even have to leave your best friend, your dog, at home. The Fiesta welcomes pets, so feel free to bring along your partner in crime.
Henderson is perfect for those looking for a little bit of everything in a vacation — a round or two of golf, good food and drink, and maybe a hike or two for exercise. Great for the family or those looking to avoid staying in Vegas and blowing a month’s paycheck in a matter of hours.