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The Westin Lake Las Vegas
101 Montelago Blvd., Henderson
The farthest from the strip of any of our recommendations (about 45 minutes east), Lake Las Vegas is one of the most Un-Vegas places in town and one of the better places to stay if you’ve brought the kids along. The Westin here is located right on the lake, with a series of pools, mountain views, and two huge waterslides. The resort also offers great access to the lake—there’s a small beach to lounge on, and guests can rent SUP boards, jet skis, and boats to explore the water. At night, grab a glass of wine and watch the desert sun go down over the water—the patio is outfitted with several fire pits that are perfect for congregating around.
Ethel M. Chocolate Factory & Botanical Cactus Garden
2 Cactus Garden Dr., Henderson
Stop by Ethel M. Chocolate Factory on your way back into the city from Hoover Dam. The fully operational space allows visitors can walk through and watch the chocolates, brittle, and caramels being made and boxed in real-time through observation windows (needless to say, getting kids to leave isn’t easy). Don't leave without taking a walk through the beautifully-manicured, three-acre sanctuary, lined with countless native and foreign plant species. It's also home to The Living Machine—a natural purification system which processes 100% of the factory’s wastewater.