Boulder City: Day Trip from Las Vegas

Planning to tour Hoover Dam while you visit Las Vegas? Afterwards, why not spend the rest of the day in nearby Boulder City, the town that was built for the dam workers? You can easily fill your day with all there is to do and see. Here are some suggestions.

Go antique shopping

With over a dozen antique shops and malls, Boulder City is an antique shopper’s dream. Not being a collector myself, I still find it fun to browse through these shops.

Antique Mall

Visit the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum

If you’ve already toured Hoover Dam, you’ll know a lot about how the dam was built. The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, inside the historic Boulder Dam Hotel, tells the story from the human prospective. Hear the experiences of dam workers and learn about the first master planned city in the United States, built just for the Hoover Dam construction workers and their families.

Boulder Dam Hotel
Boulder Dam Hotel
Boulder Dam Hotel lobby
Boulder Dam Hotel lobby
Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum
Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum


We were in Boulder City on two occasions during our two-month stay in southern Nevada. We tried a handful of eateries and were happy with every one of them, from the chicken pot pie at the Restaurant at the Boulder Dam Hotel to the ice cream at Grandma Daisy’s. The Dillinger had great burgers and sandwiches, and we enjoyed happy hour in the outdoor courtyard at the Boulder Dam Brewing Co.

Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie at the Restaurant at the Boulder Dam Hotel
ice cream cones
Ice cream from Grandma Daisy’s

Sandwich at The DillingerThe Dillinger

Boulder Dam Brewing Co.
Happy hour at Boulder Dam Brewing Co.


Ready for adventure? Soar across Bootleg Canyon with Flightlinez. Tours start with a safety class in the Boulder City office before they drive you out to the zipline site. Plan to spend about two-and-a-half hours for the zipline tour.

Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon

Check out public art

Many of the art sculptures throughout the downtown area reflect the city’s culture and history, but some are just plain fun. There are some fun displays outside shops, too.

Public ArtBoulder City Fun Art

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See bighorn sheep in Hemenway Park

Or not. They say you can often see up to a hundred bighorn sheep at a time in Hemenway Park, as they escape the desert heat. We were there on a beautiful day in February, so apparently the sheep were comfortable enough in the desert. We didn’t see one. However, we did take in a gorgeous view of Lake Mead from the park.

View from Hemenway Park
View of Lake Mead from Hemenway Park

Ride the Nevada Southern Railway

Excursion trains on the Nevada Southern Railway run from the Nevada State Railroad Museum on Saturdays and Sundays only, so plan accordingly. Unfortunately, both of our Boulder City visits were on weekdays. Although they say you can still view the trains, it’s mostly behind fences.

Railroad Museum

If you visit Boulder City

Boulder City is 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, 8 miles southwest of Hoover Dam, and about 80 miles north of Laughlin, Nevada. For more details and to check out additional places to visit in Boulder City, check the Visit Boulder City website.

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8 thoughts on “Boulder City: Day Trip from Las Vegas

    • May 13, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Boulder City is a nice break from the busy-ness of Vegas.

  • May 13, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I am definitely interested to learn more about the Hoover Dam so that museum sounds great. Ans the ziplining looks pretty intense!

    • May 14, 2016 at 9:18 am

      The museum was really interesting, and the Historic Boulder Dam Hotel that it’s in, built in the 1930s, is beautiful.

  • May 14, 2016 at 6:26 am

    I’ve never been to Boulder City. It looks fun. I think I could pass up the pie, but not the ice cream!

    • May 14, 2016 at 9:18 am

      The ice cream was really good.

    • May 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Boulder City really is a fun way to spend an afternoon.


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