Boulder City, NV was built from 1931 to house the thousands of construction workers and some of their families while building the Hoover Dam. The downtown area is called Nevada Way. Before the bypass was built (they tell me), all traffic on U.S. Hwy. 93 came this way. But that was a long time ago.My wife and I had in mind to come into town and see the old city, and so we did, on our way back from the Dam. You can park right out front for free and get an ice cream cone, fresh bakery, a pizza, a cold brew, whatever. The smell of baking sweet treats will surely lure you in. We got 2 ice creams. I walked around and took a few snapshots. I told the wife that this place reminds me of Santa Fe, NM, but at half price. The people who live here are so lucky, but I am sure the Summertime weather would be too much. We were thrilled with the January climate here, of course, us being from the Midwest.So take a few moments and at least have a mechanical swammy tell your fortune for a buck. You can't miss it.
We saw this on Freddie Flintoff's programme and as we were leaving for Vegas two days later, put it on the to do list. The guys are fun, we had Rambo & Ridge on our tour. We hiked to the top of the mountain, no mean feat, but the views are spectacular and well worth it alone. You do have to carry a piece of kit, but the guides will take it from you if you are struggling. At the top is the first zip line, a mere 2546 feet. The last of the four being 1150, which you can race your pals on.You reach speeds of 60mph and cover 1.56 miles of flightline trails. It's a thrill not to be missed and well worth the money $149. They also do a night run, not sure about that!! We will be back though for the day run. So go on, give it a go! What stopping you? The brakes, lol. Their saying being. When in doubt, legs out. And thats no joke folks. No hand held camera's on the runs down, but you can take pictures before and after each run. A head cam is whats needed! An amazing time was had, Coral is not good with height's but this didn't phase her.
The new landscaping and repaving making the entry to Boulder City much more inviting. Intersections and crosswalks are well marked, and make the road much safer.
The local government decided to spend a fortune on planting about 100 palm trees and a huge gazebo looking thing at the beginning of the old town. What with making the road narrower and putting a center divider in it cuts down on parking. What a waist of money. Also how much is it going to cost just to just keep the palm trees cut?
Boulder City is a great place to spend several hours in a small town atmosphere. One of their main streets is called Nevada Way with several restaurants, souvenir places, and antique stores. There are many pieces of public art, some are for sale. Also, this used to be the main route to the Hoover Dam.
Granted, the few blocks in Boulder City that are lined with shops and restaurants are cute, and probably worth the trip from Vegas to get away from the neon, concrete, and strip malls. I stopped in the Coffee Cup and enjoyed a very tasty bbq sandwich, with friendly service but in dark, drab surroundings in the side dining room. I explored the clothing store across the street, which offers unique clothing and accessories, some of it absolutely gorgeous, if I had the dough. Not that it was super pricey, but it wasn't bargain or discount either. The owner is very nice and chatty. I moseyed into the homemade candy store and bought some chocolate treats -- too much for me to eat in one sitting, but it was so hot out that most of it melted right away, even in the cooler in my trunk. Certainly that's not their fault, but be prepared. I heard the pizza place next door is good but I didn't indulge. I stopped in an antique store a little way off the main drag. As much as I love antiques, I'm not an antiquer, and I found the place a little sad, with not much going for it. Outside of these few blocks, it's a cute little town but there's not much to see. It's probably more pleasant on less scorching days, when you can stroll without threat of heat stroke. On my way back to Vegas from the Hacienda casino, I stopped again at the spacious Starbucks that is on the corner near the highway (93 I believe?), where I easily found an electric outlet and a table. Bottom line: Take a couple hours to make the trip from Vegas to see it, maybe go back for an event or a meal, and you'll have spent a pleasant if not electrifying day.
A few blocks of Nevada Way, especially between Ash St./Wyoming St. and Colorado St., make for a pleasant stroll. The street is lined with little curio shops and dining establishments. We were especially impressed by all the fine statues.
The Railroad Tunnel Trail is just out of Boulder City, Nevada. Take the turnoff for Lake Mead National Recreation area. Then take a quick right in to the trail parking lot and you can park for free. Scenic views of Lake Mead and the surrounding mountains gave us an excuse to picnic in the car before heading off on our hike. There are the only bathroom facilities here for the next several miles. The Railroad Tunnel Trail is an easy wide gravel trail on the old railroad bed that hugs the hillside above Lake Mead. We passed through 5 amazing train tunnels. We kept an eye out for Big Horned Sheep on the steep rocky terrain. We didn't see any sheep but we did see our first Chuckwalla lizard. The jewel at the turnaround on this trail is arriving at Hoover Dam. Walk across the dam for stunning views and the fascinating history of its construction, or pay to take the tour. We had a snack at the High Scaler Cafe before hiking back. Round trip is about 8 miles, but it's an easy hike or mountain bike ride. Take lots of water for the journey, and make sure you can be back through the gates at Tunnel 5 before sundown when the trail gates are locked. This is a wonderful outdoor excursion.
The Railroad Tunnel Trail is a wonderful hike with great views of Lake Mead and the Pat Tillman Bridge. It is not quite a hike, not much change in elevation, but you are descending along the trail which will eventually come to the Hoover Dam Visitor's Center. We walked almost 2.5 miles before we noticed how far we had gone and decided to turn around. The views are amazing. Be sure to take plenty of water and enjoy!
This was the first time that I drove past 93 on Nevada Way. I really enjoyed the drive. I would like to go there again.