Escape the Strip: A Local’s Guide to Boulder City

When you live in Las Vegas, the unusual becomes very usual. You don’t need to wander down to the strip to find slot machines and plenty of activity. You can do that while shopping for groceries at Smiths.

But sometimes, you just need to get escape without really going anywhere. That’s where Boulder City, Nevada comes in. Just a few miles south of Henderson, Boulder City is one of those quiet gems that feels like it’s a world away. It’s offers a serene escape for Vegas locals and everyday tourists as well.

A Step Back in Time

If you know anything about the Hoover Dam, you know that it and Boulder City are very much linked in their history with Boulder City being founded to house the workers who built the dam. Like so many small towns in the United States, Boulder City leans into its history. It features a historic downtown with charming, walkable streets lined with vintage shops, art galleries, and cafes making it a great option for families or those seeking a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Small Town Delights

One of the things I love most about Boulder City is its focus on community. Unlike Las Vegas, there are no casinos here. Instead, you’ll find friendly locals, delicious eateries serving up everything from classic diner fare to gourmet delights, and unique shops selling local crafts and souvenirs. Be sure to grab a coffee and a pastry at The Southwest Diner, a local favorite, and soak up the small-town atmosphere.

A Gateway to Adventure

While Boulder City itself offers a slower pace, it’s the perfect jumping-off point for outdoor adventures. Of course, the crown jewel is the Hoover Dam. Take a tour to explore the inner workings of this engineering marvel, or simply marvel at its size and the stunning views from the top.

But that’s not all. Lake Mead, the reservoir created by the dam, is a playground for water enthusiasts.

Rent a boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard and explore the turquoise waters. Hiking enthusiasts can tackle the scenic trails of Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area or the unique rock formations of Bootleg Canyon.

Don’t Miss These Gems

  • The Boulder Dam Hotel: This historic hotel, built in 1933, is a must-see for architecture buffs. Take a ghost tour or simply enjoy a meal in the elegant Nevada Room.
  • Nevada State Railroad Museum: Learn about Nevada’s rich railroad history and even take a scenic train ride through the desert.
  • Art on Main Street: Keep an eye out for the vibrant public art installations that dot the streets of Boulder City, adding a touch of whimsy to your stroll.

A Local’s Tip:

If you’re visiting during the hot summer months, plan your outdoor activities for early morning or later afternoon. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen no matter the time of year!

So, ditch the flashing lights for a day and explore the historic charm and natural beauty of Boulder City. It’s the perfect escape from the Las Vegas hustle, just a short drive away.