How many people can honestly say that they've ridden on a real train before?
To experience an authentic train ride, take a trip to Boulder City, located only 30 minutes south of the Las Vegas Strip. This is the original train track used to bring supplies to the Hoover Dam. Today, guests can ride the train and listen to history about Boulder City, the city responsible for building the dam.
"We get people from all over the world," said Bonnie Himka, a train engineer and volunteer for Nevada State Railroad Museum. "This is the only place you can ride a full-sized train in Nevada."
Guests have the option of riding in an open air car or in one of the air conditioned/heated Pullman coaches. The open air car is great for picture taking, while the coaches are a great way to beat the heat or cold. In addition to the recorded narration, volunteers dressed in railroad attire are available to answer any questions and share fun facts during the ride.
The train ride is seven miles round trip and drives up to Railroad Pass casino and back. The entire ride is 45 minutes long, so you'll have plenty of time to take pictures. See planes land at the Boulder City airport, the lush greenery at the golf course and even a solar panel farm. You'll also see close-up views of the Southwest desert. During one point, the train comes so close to the side of the mountain you can almost touch it.
A gift shop is also available. There is a complimentary ride that takes you to see all the old train cars.
If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the Strip, a train ride in Boulder City is the perfect remedy.
-- Review by Jeannie Borbe