Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon provides guests with a bird's-eye view of the Mojave Desert — Photo courtesy of Shane DieterOffering visitors a quiet environment to unwind in and reconnect with the great outdoors, Boulder City, NV may only be located 20 miles from Las Vegas, but it feels like it’s a world away.
The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the Strip, Boulder City is located just minutes from Hoover Dam. Guests planning a trip to the popular tourist attraction should stop by the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum first to learn about the brave men and women who helped build it.
Located in the historic Boulder Dam Hotel, guests can not only listen to oral histories from these pioneers as they talk about their life in Boulder City (and down at the Hoover Dam construction site in the early 1930s), but also browse through photographs, artifacts, interactive displays and more. Guests are sure to have a greater appreciation for the modern engineering marvel after visiting the museum.
Lake Mead Cruises offers several excursions that take passengers up to Hoover Dam — Photo courtesy of Lake Mead CruisesWhile driving down to Hoover Dam is always fun, those looking for a more memorable way to experience the iconic desert attraction should step aboard Lake Mead Cruises’ authentic, three-level, Mississippi-style paddlewheeler, the Desert Princess, for an informative midday sightseeing cruise. In addition to providing some amazing Kodak moments, the 90-minute excursion (which takes passengers up to Hoover Dam) teaches guests about the construction of the dam and how it’s a tribute to the project’s supervisors that over the period of construction, only 96 people died.
Contrary to folklore, none of those men are actually buried in Hoover Dam. In addition to hearing some interesting facts about the dam, guests will learn about the geological and human history of Lake Mead. It’s that rare outdoor activity that’s both educational and fun.
Speaking of fun, thrill-seekers visiting Boulder City are sure to love the rush of Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon, which features more than 1.5 miles of ziplines that run through Bootleg Canyon Park. As guests travel from the top of Red Mountain to its base, they’ll be treated to breathtaking views of Lake Mead, the Vegas Strip, Mt. Charleston and the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge while reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour!
The 18-hole, par-72 Boulder City Golf Course — Photo courtesy of Las Vegas News BureauFor more mellow visitors, Boulder City scores a hole-in-one with golfers of all types thanks to its diverse golf course offerings, which include the 18-hole Boulder City Golf Course, Cascata Golf Course and the three 9-hole courses at Boulder Creek Golf Club (Desert Hawk, Coyote Run and Eldorado). The area is also home to several other recreational activities, including hiking, kayaking and mountain biking.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to one of Boulder City’s many delectable restaurants to refuel, like the world-famous Coffee Cup. Serving breakfast and lunch, guests can dig in to a selection of scrumptious items such as soups, salads and sandwiches without breaking the bank. Be sure to try the Pork Chili Verde Omelette, as seen on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Beer lovers, meanwhile, should check out the many tasty brews available at the Boulder Dam Brewing Company, which also serves affordable pub grub favorites like burgers and bratwurst.
Boulder City features several quaint gift shops and restaurants for guests to enjoy — Photo courtesy of Las Vegas News BureauVisitors can end their day with a walk through some of Boulder City’s quaint gift shops and art galleries. Featuring everything from quilts (Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop) and Native American jewelry (Begay Indian Jewelry) to awesome antiques (Boulder City Antique Market), there’s sure to be something to catch everyone’s eye.
So the next time you want to venture beyond the neon, head to Boulder City. It’s the perfect place to spend the day and still be back to Vegas in time for an unforgettable night on the Strip!