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Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

1. Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

Start with pickup from one of the resort hotels on the Las Vegas strip and travel towards Willow Beach, Arizona for your guided kayaking tour. Upon arrival at the canyon, receive a quick kayaking lesson from your guide and get ready for your adventure. Enjoy the underwater views through your glass-bottom kayak. Paddle towards Emerald Cave, with a break to stop and admire the fantastic views of the entire canyon. Keep a lookout for wildlife species such as the Desert Big Horn Sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Enter the Emerald Cave and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Take the opportunity to swim in the Colorado River, before heading back to the starting back for your return transfer back to Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, $22 Skywalk and Hoover Dam

2. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, $22 Skywalk and Hoover Dam

See more of Grand Canyon West and the Hoover Dam on a day trip that visits more sites than competing bus tours. Enjoy included hotel pickup and drop-off, lunch, and Grand Canyon West and Hoover Dam entry fees. After pickup at your hotel in Las Vegas, set off on your tour. On the way, see the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign and make a comfort stop in White Hills, Arizona. Then, continue to the Grand Canyon West Rim. Explore this natural wonder for 3 hours and soak up panoramic views of the Colorado River. Have the option to walk across the Skywalk glass bridge on the day of the tour for only $22. Move on to Arizona's Joshua Tree Forest before making another comfort stop in White Hills. After, enjoy views of the Hoover Dam from the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge before stopping on the Arizona side after crossing the dam. On the way back to Las Vegas, stop at Hemenway Park in Boulder City to see desert bighorn sheep and Lake Mead. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Horseback Riding Tour

3. Las Vegas: Horseback Riding Tour

Leave the Las Vegas slot machines and party lifestyle behind as you head off on a peaceful horse ride in the Nevada desert. Ride through Rainbow Gardens with its red rock formations that were created at the same time as the Grand Canyon. Don't worry if it's your first time on a horse or an experienced rider, this is a great way to explore the desert and feel like a cowboy for the day for beginners and experts alike. Meet your guide at a ranch in the desert and get paired with a horse to suit your skill level. Receive a short introduction from your guide on riding and learn how to mount and dismount your horse correctly.  When you feel comfortable, jump on the saddle and set off on a scenic horse ride through the desert. You can even see an inactive volcano not far from the Lake Mead area.

Las Vegas: Sunset Horseback Riding Tour with BBQ Dinner

4. Las Vegas: Sunset Horseback Riding Tour with BBQ Dinner

Get away from the neon lights of Las Vegas with a guided horseback tour through the mountains just outside the city. Explore a scenic trail with your guide, take plenty of fantastic photos, and enjoy a BBQ dinner in the evening. Meet the calm and beautiful horses, saddle up, and get ready for your adventure. Explore the Rainbow Gardens trail with a scenic backdrop of mountains and canyons. Admire numerous picturesque vistas and learn more about local history from your guide, such as the stories of the first pioneers that founded the city of Las Vegas. Afterward, head back to the site for a hearty BBQ dinner of ribs served with all the fixings and pie for dessert.

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Highlights Tour

5. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Highlights Tour

Experience the top highlights of Hoover Dam on a half-day tour that is perfect for those who want to enjoy views overlooking Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the historic Boulder City. Depart from the Las Vegas Strip aboard a luxury motorcoach for a quick ride to Boulder City, home of the workers who built the Hoover Dam. The stop at this charming town includes a free visit to the Hoover Dam Museum, cafes, antique shops and a unique art walk featuring beautiful, bronze statues. Get stunning views of this "Man-Made Wonder of the World" from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which gives an aerial view from 900 feet above the Colorado River and Black Canyon.   Have a photo stop at the highest overlook on the Arizona side of the Hoover Dam and visit the Lake Mead Visitor’s Center.

Las Vegas: Best Dam Tour of Hoover Dam/Boulder City

6. Las Vegas: Best Dam Tour of Hoover Dam/Boulder City

Start with a pickup from your hotel on the Las Vegas strip or downtown Las Vegas on board a comfortable coach. Take a scenic drive through the Mojave Desert over to Boulder City, NV. Visit the historic downtown area where the workers were housed and project leaders carried out the building of one of the largest and important public works projects in United States history. Peruse the museum, see the local shops, get coffee, doughnuts, and other assorted food and drink as well as local souvenirs. Drive through the beautiful homes of modern times and construction on your way to the Dam site. See the Arizona side of the Dam before going back to Nevada for a guided walking tour of the top of the Dam. Climb 69 steps to reach the top of the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and enjoy stunning views of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Colorado River, and nearby extinct volcano. Lastly, make a stop to see Lake Mead from afar at Hemenway Park. Be lucky to spot wild, native Desert Big Horn Sheep that often feed on the grass or rest in the shade of the well cared for lawn. After approximately 5 hours of touring, return to your pickup location.

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Small Group Tour

7. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Small Group Tour

Take a guided tour of the Hoover Dam with this day tour from Las Vegas. Explore the most-visited dam in the world on this fun sightseeing tour with a professional guide. Be picked up from Las Vegas and relax as you are driven to historic Boulder City. Stop for the chance to see some Bighorn sheep grazing at Hemenway Park. Next, journey high above the Colorado River to get a bird's-eye view of the Hoover Dam from the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Snap some pictures, while learning how the dam works and how it was built. Marvel at panoramic views of Lake Mead (the man-made lake formed by the dam) from Lake Mead Overlook. Return to your hotel in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Desert Horseback Riding Tour with Breakfast

8. Las Vegas: Desert Horseback Riding Tour with Breakfast

Leave the Las Vegas slot machines behind on this horseback riding tour from Henderson in the the Nevada Desert. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and get a photo taken with your horse to remember your day.  Be greeted by your guide at the horse ranch and meet a well-trained horse that suits your riding skill level. Receive a short introduction from your guide on riding and learn how to mount and dismount your horse with ease.  Jump into the saddle and begin your horse riding experience in the pristine desert. Look for local wildlife like coyotes, foxes, geckos, falcons, and hawks. Keep an eye out for the over 30 varieties of cacti that are native to the area.  Sit down to a breakfast with a cheese omelet, potatoes, pancakes, and banana bread. Sip on hot coffee or orange juice. Return to your starting point at the end of the tour. 

From Las Vegas: Boulder City Self-Guided Tour

9. From Las Vegas: Boulder City Self-Guided Tour

Experience an incredible day exploring Boulder City. Meet your guide at the meeting point in Las Vegas and travel for 45-minutes to Boulder City also known as the town that built Hoover Dam. Explore Boulder City and visit antique shops, famous eateries, and the Boulder Dam Motel and Museum. Follow your self-guided tour through the historic district and be transported back in time. Some of the many sites and activities that you can enjoy on your own include, the Historic Boulder Dam Hotel, antique shops, cafes with indoor and outdoor dining, the Hoover Dam Museum, Boulder Bowl, and the art walk, bronze statues around town.

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Raft Tour

10. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Raft Tour

Head out of the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas to explore the Hoover Dam on a raft on the Colorado River. See this impressive feat of engineering from a different perspective as you float on the river. Take in the striking landscape surrounding you on the drive out as well as while on site. Leave Las Vegas and head toward Boulder City on a short drive. Stop at Hoover Dam Lodge to board your specially permitted vehicle with access to the Colorado River at the base of Hoover Dam. Once there, climb aboard your raft to float on the peaceful river and enjoy a breathtaking view of the magnificent Hoover Dam. Appreciate the monumental build as well as the natural beauty of the river, canyon, and wildlife surrounding the area. View the Hoover Dam, the bypass bridge, and journey just far enough down river to feel the canyon’s surreal setting. See the concrete slabs, steps, and rails up close used to build the dam, and see the Old Catwalk, Gauging Station, and removed rock hillsides.

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What people are saying about Boulder City

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 66 reviews

This was a fantastic experience Boulder City, Las Vegas Sign and Hoover Dam. Brian a fantastic bus driver, Jason the ultimate tour guide, very knowledgeable, accommodating, so easy working with the group. The best tour for value for money, great bus with true panoramic windows, comfy seats with plenty of leg room. The best tour experience we had in Las Vegas. Highly recommend. Thanks for a great experience on our last day in Vegas. We will be back to do the Death Valley tour.

Charlie was a kind & knowledgeable guide. He answered all of our questions, and my granddaughter had a lot of questions! He pointed out some interesting facts and finds throughout the ride. I especially appreciated his kindness when helping me off my horse when I had a bad cramp in my leg! LoL I am so glad there is no footage of that incident! We will definitely be back! I am anxiously awaiting the photos that Charlie took of us on our horses!

Our tour guide Ronnie is so pleasant, informative, and smart. His sense of humor is so good that we never felt bored at any point of our trip.

So fun! Really great experience. Robert, our guide, was great. So glad we did this. Nice break from the hub-bub of Vegas.

Gage was a great tour guide. He was very relaxed and kept everyone safe!