|But what Happens OUTSIDE Las Vegas?
Las Vegas: the gaming and amusement capital of the country; endless entertainment and celebrity; dazzling shopping; legendary resorts with sprawling streetscapes and theatrical performances; penthouse suites and spas; and lights, lights, lights. But there's something more legendary than the Strip just outside the glitter, the gaming and the glamour of Vegas. It's the great outdoors.
Las Vegas is literally next door to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the nation's first designated NRA established in 1964. Forever Resorts has been a concessioner in this area for several decades and hosts visitors at their marinas from all over the world for houseboat vacations and boating adventures on lakes Mead and Mohave.
So just what sorts of things DO happen outside Vegas? Let's take a look:
1. Enjoy houseboat vacations on well-appointed, fully-outfitted boats that sleep up to 12 people comfortably. Spend a long weekend—or spend a week or more. At Forever Resorts' Echo Bay Marina you can even stay on a floatel-a houseboat that never leaves the marina!
2. Forever Resorts offers scenic rafting down the remote Black Canyon's Colorado River with Black Canyon River Adventures. The tour launches from the base of Hoover Dam and guests marvel at the incredible view of the new Bypass Bridge from the water!
3. Of course, Hoover Dam tours—are a must! Visitors can park at the Dam and tour both the dam and the power plant.
4. Boulder City, an interesting little town with a more than interesting history, was established in 1931 as a place to house the builders of Hoover Dam. Tour the Nevada State Railroad Museum and the historic Boulder Dam Hotel and Museum.
5. Explore the newly opened Bypass Bridge by foot! Its pedestrian sidewalk is on the north side of the Bridge providing spectacular views of the Dam and surrounding area. You can park right at the bridge, hike a walking trail and experience the interpretive plaza.
6. Drive though the Valley of Fire State Park to see stunning red sandstone formations more than 150 million years old and ancient Indian petroglyphs. Open year round, perfect for hiking, picnicking and sightseeing. The Park is close to Echo Bay Marina so couple your tour with some fun on the water!
7. Fishing. Fishing. And more fishing. Lake Mead NRA epitomizes fishing in all its glory with its unique habitats, coves and shorelines. Get big trout from Willow Beach, rainbow trout from Cottonwood. Forever Resorts rents fishing boats at Callville, Cottonwood, Willow Beach and Echo Bay marinas.
8. Get your buzz on. Cottonwood Valley Mountain Bike Loop is perfect for intermediate to expert bikers who are dialed in for a ride like no other. Where else will you find 65-75 miles of twisting and turning trails through a Joshua tree forest? (Don't forget to put a lid on for this one!)
9. Fly down Red Mountain going up to 50 mph on the Bootleg Canyon Zipline, Boulder City's newest family attraction. Besides the thrill of a lifetime you'll also get an excellent view of Las Vegas and its unique desert surroundings!
10. Ever wonder what was it like during the gold and silver rush? Become a prospector for a day on the Eldorado Canyon Trekker Experience Tour where you're taken inside the mine to check it out for yourselves.
11. And, just minutes from the Strip, there are two special outdoor adventures that are fun and educational for the family. The 13-mile Scenic Highway drive through Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area—200,000 acres of pristine Mohave Desert—so beautiful many movies and commercials have been filmed here.
12. The Springs Preserve, named by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as the "Best Family Attraction" in the area, is a 180-acre cultural institution. Depending on when you visit and for how long, take in the Preserve's museums, galleries, botanical gardens and wetland habitat interpretive trail system.
So...get outside of Vegas for some great outdoors fun!