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Boulder City

Anywhere else on the Nevada map, Boulder City would be a 5-star wonder. Between the mega-attractions of Las Vegas and Hoover Dam it sometimes goes unrecognized as the inviting city it is, built by the federal government to house the workers who built the great Dam, the first planned community built in the USA. After more than 80 years it still stands in such pronounced contrast to the higgledy-piggledy aspect of other Nevada towns that it seems an exotic flower indeed to have grown from the gritty desert soil.

To explore Boulder City, start at the center of town where you will be transported effortlessly to 1933 when the Boulder Dam Hotel was the most luxurious in Nevada. The upstairs rooms (each dedicated to a famous patron) have been refurbished for guests, and the restaurant adjoining the almost-exactly original lobby serves breakfast free to hotel guests and at modest cost to the public at large.

Milo's. Boulder City NevadaBoulder City’s downtown commerce is geared to Dam tourists and other travelers, with an emphasis on sidewalk cafes, antiques and art. The galleries display a variety of exceptional work and a half dozen downtown cafes put tables outside on the shaded

sidewalks, making the whole downtown hospitable and welcoming.

The Bootleg Canyon Zipline welcomes visitors who entertain themselves by gliding a mile and a half down the cables at speeds above 50 mph. The Nevada State Railroad Museum maintains locomotives and a postal coach on display and has an excellent gift shop; trains run on weekends, with special trains during holiday seasons. The 45-minute run proceeds west about three miles to just behind the Railroad Pass Casino.

Hemenway Valley overlooking Lake Mead, Boulder City NevadaHemenway Valley, to the north of the city proper along US 93, is a stunning architectural free-for-all of immense homes built with unrestrained exuberance, the Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon Ziplineabsolute antithesis to the trim and tidy government houses on the other side of the hill.

US 93 no longer crosses the Colorado over Hoover Dam into Arizona, and for security reasons the deep internal tours of the electrical generators are no longer offered. Instead, the road has been diverted to the south, where a spectacular arched bridge was built across the river far below. An Overlook has been created allowing nervy pedestrians to walk out to a magnificent view of the great dam and Lake Mead.



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Boulder City Nevada Events Calendar

Feb 2021
11 February 2021
Boulder Theatre, 1225 Arizona St,
Boulder City, NV 89005
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Dam Short Film Festival – Boulder City

Nevada’s Largest Film Festival The 17th Annual Dam Short Film Festival will screen 120+ short films from all over the world. We consider these films the best of the best, so be sure to join us February 11-15, 2021, at the Boulder Theatre in Boulder City, Nevada. We’ll announce the full schedule on January 1st, […]

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May 2021
28 May 2021
Bicentennial Park, 999 Colorado St, Boulder City, NV 89005
Boulder City, NV 89005
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Best Dam Barbecue Challenge

Come over and celebrate the 16th annual Best Dam Barbecue Challenge. It is FREE to the public so all are welcome, especially if you have an appetite. Located at the heart of Boulder City, NV, the venue can be found after leaving the 93 into Nevada Way.

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