When a trip to the desert is boldly circled on your calendar, it often means you’re heading to Sin City. The neon lights and frenetic energy of Las Vegas are alluring to showgoers and would-be jackpot winners alike, and the landscape just outside the city is ripe for hiking. You’ll turn your face toward the sun and listen to the jingle of slot machines play their melody in the distance. Las Vegas isn’t the only Nevada city worth visiting, though, wise wanderer. Henderson—Nevada's second-biggest city—also has plenty of appeal as a tourist destination. You’ll greet animals at expansive ranches and go on helicopter tours that sail over open terrain and Lake Las Vegas. Book one of the best Henderson hotels on Travelocity today, and then pack your sunscreen and prepare to head to the desert.
Out and About in Henderson
If you arrive in Henderson during the hottest months, your skin will cry out for the cool relief of salt water. When you spot Cowabunga Bay Water Park in the distance, you may think it’s an oasis. In fact, once you enter its gates you’ll be lounging on the lazy river, splashing in the wave pool, and hurtling down eight water slides. For a more refined water experience, point yourself toward Lake Las Vegas—a Venetian-inspired village where you can take a gondola cruise and browse upscale boutiques.
When the temperature permits, Henderson's 23 miles of trails are a wonderful place to put your worries behind you. Pedal freely, pondering only what future holds and how to check the next item off your bucket list. For exploration at a slower pace, visit the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden and scenic Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. You’ve heard about stopping to smell the roses, but desert plant blooms offer a mystery and majesty all their own. For a walk that involves pars and birdies, make a tee time at one of Henderson's seven golf courses. History buffs should head to the Clark County Heritage Museum to see a timeline of Nevada going back to the ice age, along with historic buildings and vintage railroad cars. Afterward, take a historic walking tour of the Water Street district. When you book one of ourcheap hotels in Henderson, there is always budget for a few hands at a resort gaming table to finish off the day.
Eating and Drinking
You’ll need to refuel along the way, and staying hydrated is the key to staying healthy under the hot desert sun. At Lake Las Vegas, you can devour fine dining and sip on award-winning wine at a bistro, then stroll along the cobblestone streets to another chic restaurant for dessert. Most Henderson hotels are within walking distance of the Water Street district, which gives you more than a dozen dining options, including casual cafes, Chinese, Mexican, pizza restaurants, and classic American diners. For an evening foray into indulgence. visit Henderson's Artisan Booze District. This hot spot comprises breweries, distilleries, a wine-making school, and a chocolatier, so eat up.
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