Just 30 miles from Las Vegas sits Boulder City, a gateway to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Find out how to explore this non-gaming gem of a town.
This modern wonder took five years to build. The concrete arch-gravity Hoover Dam sits in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River on the border of Nevada and Arizona. The Hoover Dam Tour Center opens daily from 9 am-5 pm. U.S. Hwy. 93, Boulder City, 702.494.2517
Use some muscle power to explore Boulder City on the rails that helped build the Hoover Dam. Rail Explorers features pedal-powered rail bikes for a scenic ride that takes about two hours. All riders enjoy free entry into the Nevada Southern Railroad Museum and a powered train ride back to the top of the hill. Rail Explorers, 601 Yucca St., Boulder City, 877.833.8588
See Lake Mead aboard the Desert Princess, a three-level paddle wheeler. Visitors can sit on the upper deck for prime outdoor viewing or head downstairs the climate-controlled lower levels. Choose from a daily midday sightseeing tour, or plan to take a seasonal Sunday champagne brunch cruise or evening dinner cruise. Lake Mead Cruises, 702.293.6180
Paddle the Colorado River at your own pace or explore the region via hiking, backpacking, biking, zip lining, horseback riding or even on an ATV. Desert Adventures, 1647 Nevada Hwy., Boulder City, 702.293.5026
Pro Gun Club offers machine gun shooting, sporting clays, skeet, leagues, special events, and a wide variety of firearm rentals including .50 caliber sniper rifles. Visitors can even blow up stuff, shoot archery or learn to fire a weapon like a cowboy. 12801 Old U.S. 95 S., Boulder City, 702.293.2108
See the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead from a different perspective with Papillon Airways. Not only is it the pioneer of helicopter tours over the Grand Canyon, but it also operates the largest fleet of sightseeing aircraft in the world. 1265 Airport Road, Boulder City, 702.736.7243