This week I took a trip to Boulder City, NV.
If you're not familiar with Nevada, EVERYONE lives in Las Vegas (or Henderson, a "city" so close that is has the same area code and county.) Las Vegas has a population of 2 million yet it has a weird, small town vibe for the locals. If you meet someone Downtown chances are you have 7 mutual friends on Facebook and shop at the same stores. Tourists see Las Vegas as the glitzy city of lights, fun and endless partying, but if you stay off of The Strip it is a neutral playing ground of planned communities and constant shopping mall growth butting up against the mountains.
Once you've done everything there is to do you'll find yourself wondering if there's anything this city has to offer except for 24/7 gas stations and convenient video poker gambling in grocery stores. (Kidding. Not about the video poker being next to the produce, but about it being convenient. I don't enjoy the smoke wafting towards the baked goods section.)
Well, I found it! Boulder City.
Boulder City is a small town outside of Henderson with a population of 15k. The simple streets are lined with thrift and antique shops, cute diners and weekend auctions. Everyone is friendly and happy to ask, "Are you staying out of the heat?".
And the best part- TREES! Real, tall, established Oak Trees with branches ripe for climbing and reliving your childhood glory days. Which are only met in tandem with the large, lush parks on every street corner.
As you can see I highly recommend it.
Highlights from Boulder City:
The best part- Boulder City is home to the Hoover Dam which is cool.. yes. But even better than that, this encourages the local shops and restaurants to constantly use 'dam' puns in their advertising, and. it's. brilliant.
Some of my favorites:
Hottest Dam Boutique
Boulder City Damboree
Oh Hot Dam Diner!
Have you been to Boulder City? What was your experience like? Have you found beauty just outside of your busy city life, or vice versa? I'd love to hear!