May 2017 Magazine - Page 42

Livin’ Local Life in the Slow Lane A Day in Boulder City By J. Tyge O’Donnell A s the Gershwin song goes, it’s “summer! time and the livin’ is easy” and this doesn’t Heading into Boulder City from Las Vegas (be sure to ring more true than in Boulder City, the quaint pay attention to the speed limits) hang a left at the little town 25 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Taco Bell onto Yucca Street and BOOM! you’re at the Created in 1931 to house the workers building the Hoover Dam (then known as Boulder Dam), this tiny town of 15,000 residents is a welcomed oasis from the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Nevada State Railroad Museum where you can take a free (but donations accepted) self!guided tour among restored diesel locomotives and boxcars, most of which are housed under the shade of the pavilion. There are tools of the trade on display as well as There’s no gambling or casinos, only a few neon informative videos to watch. Want to really hear the signs, and due to city ordinance you won’t find click and the clack of the railroad ties? On weekends a hotel with more than 35 rooms, but what one can relive the nostalgia of the 1930’s by embarking Boulder City does have in abundance is hospi! on a 35 minute ride in either an open!air or fully tality and plenty of fun things to do! Sure, enclosed, air conditioned Pullman coach. Pricing for there’re rafting tours to be had on the Colorado 42 Ride the Rails River and Zip Lines at Bootleg Canyon, but let’s look beyond the touristy stuff and check!out what the locals suggest you do! May/June 2017 the excursions is $5 for children and $10 for adults. Children under 3 years old are admitted for free. Check for discount coupons, hours, [\\\H[Y\ˈ [[Y[X\˜^H[\ٙXX[ۙX܈]]HY