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Boulder and Beyond
Tour No. 1: Cruising for a Dam Tour
Lake Mead Cruises
Cruise to Hoover Dam aboard the Desert Princess paddlewheeler. Midday narrated cruises are available daily. There is a snack bar on board, or lunch may be prearranged for groups. (Take U.S. 93/95 South to Boulder City, turn left at the second stoplight on Buchanan Boulevard.) St. Jude's Ranch for Children is about one mile from the intersection and has a gift shop that is known for its creative greeting cards. Turn left on Lakeshore Drive at the Alan Bible Visitor Center, which itself is worth a stop for those wanting to understand the area's ecology and biology. The Desert Princess' dock at the Lake Mead Cruises Landing is three-and-one-half miles north of the visitor center. Visitors may board at the landing, cruise across the lower basin of Lake Mead, and return to the landing. To tour Hoover Dam, backtrack three-and-one-half miles to U.S. 93. Turn left and continue south four miles to the Hoover Dam parking garage. At Hoover Dam, your clients can see the dam's art-deco features, explore the visitor center, which has numerous exhibits and a film relating to the dam's construction, and take a tour inside the 726-foot-tall structure.
Early Dinner Option
Travel directly to Hoover Dam in time for a late afternoon tour of the dam. After exploring the dam, your clients will be ready for a dinner cruise aboard the Desert Princess. (Backtrack on U.S. 93 to the Alan Bible Visitor Center, turn right on Lakeshore Road. It is three-and-one-half miles to the Landing.)
Mileage: 70. Time: Five hours for cruise and tour.
Tour No. 2: Rafting the Colorado
Black Canyon River Raft Tour
Rapids-free, three-hour trip aboard large pontoon boats begins at the base of Hoover Dam and travels down the Colorado River to Willow Beach. Box lunches are included, and ground transportation is provided to and from the river. (U.S. 93/95 South to Boulder City.)
Mileage: 50. Time: Six hours
Tour No. 3: Tours of the Adventurous Kind
Skydivers and those wishing to try the sport can make tandem jumps with an instructor at Skydive Las Vegas. The seven-minute parachute ride offers a breathtaking view of Las Vegas and surrounding area. (U.S. 95/93 South to Boulder City. Turn right on Buchanan Boulevard, and right on Georgia Avenue to the Boulder City Airport.)
Mileage: 50. Time: Depends upon the number of jumpers, but estimate two hours per person
Tour No. 4: Exploring Boulder City
Boulder Dam Hotel
The natural beginning for a city tour of the 'Best Town by a Dam Site,' is the Boulder Dam Hotel. Royalty and celebrities stayed in the hotel during and after the dam's construction. A recent room renovation allows guests to recapture a taste of history. Today the hotel also houses the excellent Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, which features artifacts from the 1930s and a film showing construction footage of Hoover Dam. Visitors will also find the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, retail shops, Tiffany's restaurant, and the Boulder City Art Guild. Maps for the city walking tour are available from the chamber of commerce.
City Walking Tour
Five separate self-guided tours of Boulder City of one- to two-hour duration. Each tour explores a facet of the town's history and quaint setting.
Mileage: 50. Time: Two to three hours, depending upon the number of walking tours.
Tour No. 5: Nature, History, and Lake Mead
Tunnel Trail Hike
A stop at the nearby Alan Bible Visitor Center offers an excellent overview of the area's history and geology. There is a parking lot off Lakeshore Road near the intersection of U.S. 93 for the trail hike, which goes through tunnels and along the historic railway. Lake Mead Resort Marina Located on Lakeshore Road three miles north of the Tunnel Trail parking lot, the marina is an excellent rest stop and offers a chance to feed the voracious fish that mooch from visitors. From the marina, it is possible to return to Henderson and incorporate portions of Tour No. 1. (From the marina, turn right and travel along the lake, which will take the tour to the town of Henderson. At the Boulder Highway, turn left to the Clark County Museum and right to Ethel M Chocolate Factory.)
Mileage: 53. Time: Three hours without Tour No. 1 options.