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Henderson, Nevada

Just minutes away from Las Vegas, one of the world’s most famous entertainment destinations, Henderson is the perfect spot for a family getaway or easy business trip. From shopping and culture to outdoor recreation and entertainment, Henderson is the safe, easily-accessible, and charming heart of Southern Nevada.  

The city is home to unique attractions, museums, shops and restaurants. Enjoy a scenic bike ride along the River Mountain Loop Trail, visit the Clark County Museum to learn about the history of the area, stroll through Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and see lions at the Lion Habitat Ranch.

Hoover Dam

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a tour of the Hoover Dam, which is 28 miles to the east. Hoover Dam, formerly called Boulder Dam, was constructed between 1930 and 1936.  It is the highest concrete arch dam in the United States. It impounds Lake Mead, which extends for 115 miles (185 km) upstream and is one of the largest artificial lakes in the world. The dam is used for flood and silt control, hydroelectric power, agricultural irrigation, and domestic water supply. It is also a major sightseeing destination, with some seven million visitors a year.

Lake Mead

Lake Mead, a reservoir of Hoover Dam, is one of the largest constructed lakes in the world, on the Arizona-Nevada border. It is formed by the damming of the Colorado River.  Lake Mead extends 115 miles (185 km) upstream, is from 1 to 10 miles (1.6 to 16 km) wide, and has a capacity of 31,047,000 acre-feet with 550 miles (885 km) of shoreline and a surface area of 229 square miles (593 square km). It was named after Elwood Mead, commissioner of reclamation (1924–36).  

Recently, Lake Mead has experienced alarmingly low water levels, causing experts to fear potential "dead pool" scenarios. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the U.S. and supplies drinking water to millions of people in California, Arizona, Nevada, and part of Mexico.

Grand Canyon

If you arrive in town early, or are willing to stay after the conference, plan a day trip to the Grand Canyon. Many people are surprised when they discover the Grand Canyon West Rim is just a couple hours from Las Vegas. At approximately 130 miles, this rim is the closest side of the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. On average, the drive takes approximately two hours and fourteen minutes.

The Strip and More

Las Vegas is known for its casinos and world-class entertainment, but those are just two things to do in a city filled with attractions. On the Strip, you can take a spin on the world’s largest observation wheel, the High Roller, ride on a Venetian gondola, or watch the iconic Fountains of Bellagio. Away from the Strip, Las Vegas has a collection of acclaimed museums covering atomic testing, neon signs and the mob-- topics deeply connected to the city. Outside of the city, the Mojave Desert is filled with hiking and biking trails, scenic drives and expansive desert vistas.

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