- If you’re visiting the southern part of Nevada, use Las Vegas, Laughlin, Primm, Boulder City or Mesquite as your hub to get maximum time for your outdoor adventures. This itinerary centers in Boulder City, but extraordinary adventures await in each of these communities.
Travel to Boulder City. This historic town is just about a half hour from the Las Vegas Strip and offers a delightful downtown walking area with lots of great boutique shopping, fun places to eat, wonderful public art, and is the gateway to extraordinary outdoor recreation.
Start your day in high gear at Flightlinez in Bootleg Canyon. For a breathtaking eco-adventure experience, try ziplining (a.k.a Flightlining) through the air and across 1.5 miles in distance at exhilarating speeds up to 60 mph. In addition to the excitement of Flightlining, you’ll get amazing views of Lake Mead, the Las Vegas Strip, Mt. Charleston, and the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge.
Spend the afternoon at Lake Mead National Recreation Area for the site of all the boating scenes. Lake Mead NRA offers year-round recreational opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, photography, picnicking and sightseeing. For a truly incredibly experience, rent a houseboat on the lake with a bunch of friends and spend the weekend exploring the lake.
There are many hidden coves to discover by canoe or kayak in the Lake Mead area. The shots in the commercial were taken in Black Canyon, right below Hoover Dam. It’s a spectacular location for a soft adventure kayak trip.
Stay overnight in one of the Boulder City area hotels, motels and inns. Our production team enjoyed the wonderful Boulder Dam Hotel located in the heart of town.
Enjoy breakfast at one of the cafés in historic downtown Boulder City.
Visit the Hoover Dam
This is one of the world’s great engineering marvels and a “don’t miss” experience for anyone in southern Nevada.
Ride the Train
Once you return to Boulder City, take a ride aboard the Southern Nevada Railway. The train departs from the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City. The facility is open on the weekends, so plan to be at the Museum on Saturday or Sunday to ride the train and enjoy the rugged scenery along the way. The museum in Boulder City is just one of Nevada’s amazing railroad museums. You can also ride historic trains in Ely and Carson City!
We chose to film the land sailing segment at sunset on Eldorado Dry Creek Lake just outside Boulder City. This is a spectacular backdrop for land sailing, but not a common one. Nevada is one of the best locations in the country for land sailing and is why the North American Land Sailing Association (nsla.org) holds so many of its world championship events here. In southern Nevada, areas just south of Primm are a favorite of seasoned land sailers. If you come without your own equipment, contact a Nevada club (found at nsla.org) to connect with someone who can help you plan your own amazing experience.
Hot Air Ballooning
Balloons go up really early in the morning, so you’ll want to enjoy one of southern Nevada’s gorgeous sunrises while floating over the expansive landscape. A number of hot air ballooning outfits operate out of southern Nevada. We had the help of Las Vegas Balloon Rides for a truly spectacular adventure.
Valley of Fire State Park (hiking and driving)
Travel up Highway 15 to Valley of Fire State Park in Overton. This is where we filmed the driving scenes (it helps if you can find a classic car to ride in!) and the canyon hikers. Valley of Fire State Park is one of Nevada’s most extraordinary treasures. While at the Park you can hike, bike, camp, and enjoy some of the most spectacular vistas anywhere.
Native American Culture
Explore Nevada’s amazing Native American culture at the Lost City Museum in Overton. The museum has limited operating hours, so please contact them before visiting, but the information, artifacts, and insights you’ll gain from this facility is well work a little extra planning.
Whooping and Hollering
Our cowboy whooped, but you might want to holler while you’re out enjoying Nevada’s expansive ranch lands. If you plan your trip right, you can be in southern Nevada for one of the big rodeos in either Las Vegas or Mesquite. Smaller ranch hand rodeos can be found throughout the state almost every weekend in the summer. South Point Arena on the south strip has lots of incredible equestrian events so check it out when you’re in town. Search Things To Do on TravelNevada.com for dude ranches and experience the ultimate freedom of being a cowboy for a day.
If you’ve done all these activities in four days, you’re a true adventurer… plus you’re in great shape! Every visit to Nevada should be one that helps you to break free from everyday stress, checks a few items off a bucket list and is more fun than anyone can imagine. Tell us about your own “Don’t Fence Me In” experience. We’d all love to live vicariously through you! Enjoy!