The little town by the great big dam

Boulder City, Nevada, brings back its glory days

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Area code is 702 unless noted.

Attractions

Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum. Interactive exhibits on Hoover Dam construction and Boulder City's formative years. 10-5 Mon-Sat, 12-5 Sun; $2. 1305 Arizona; 294-1988.

Hoover Dam. Guided ($10) and more detailed hard-hat tours ($25). Or, for $4, browse exhibits and take in a movie. 7 miles east of Boulder City on U.S. 93; 597-5970, (800) 634-6787, or www.hooverdam.com.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The park has 1.5 million acres, including 1,000 miles of shoreline. Paddlewheel tours, scuba diving, and boat rentals. $5 per vehicle, pass good for five days. Alan Bible Visitor Center, U.S. 93 and Lakeshore Rd.; 293-8990 or 293-8907.

Where on Earth? A rock shop that also sells jewelry and clothing. 523 Nevada Hwy. (Business 93); 293-3447.

Dining

Calamity's Fine Dining & Cabaret. Salads, pasta, and steaks served in old-style elegance at the Boulder Dam Hotel. 1305 Arizona; 293-6200.

Coffee Cup Cafe. Breakfast and lunch standards, with an emphasis on fried food. 558 Nevada Hwy; 294-0517.

Evan's Old Town Grille. Locals' favorite for lunchtime Reuben sandwiches and seafood dinners. 1129 Arizona; 294-0100.

Happy Days Diner. The soda fountain and red vinyl booths are perfect accompaniments to meatloaf, cheeseburgers, and milk shakes. 512 Nevada Hwy.; 293-4637.

Lodging

Boulder Dam Hotel. In dire straits 10 years ago, this 1930s hotel has recently been restored to its original elegance. 23 rooms from $55. 1305 Arizona; 293-3510.

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